What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite is an extremely common occurrence in women (and some men), even for those considered thin and fit. There is an awful lot of misinformation that exists about cellulite treatment, and many “remedies” have no scientific basis. No, it is not caused by toxins, and skin firming creams will not cure your cellulite. What causes those puckers, lumps, and dimples in your skin called cellulite in the first place? Anatomically, cellulite represents deep fat deposits that have pushed their way up to the surface of the skin. These fat deposits have breached the shortened and weakened connective tissue that was supposed to hold them in place, giving rise to the dreaded “cottage cheese thighs.” Contributors to the shortening and weakening of connective tissue may include hormones (particularly estrogen), being overweight/obese, lack of exercise, and poor circulation.
What Treatment Options Are Available for Cellulite? Why Is Cellulaze the Best Treatment Option for Cellulite Reduction?
Regardless of the cause or contributor, many women want to get rid of cellulite and seek cellulite treatment. Many women start cellulite treatment at home with over the counter creams and lotions and may pursue other avenues, such as massage and external devices; that being said, none of these treat the actual problem underneath your skin. As a result, cosmetic procedures have been enjoying increased popularity as a means of cellulite treatment. Cosmetic procedures that may improve the appearance of cellulite include (but are not limited to) SculpSure™, SkinTyte™, VASERlipo™, VelaShape III™, Venus Legacy™, Cellfina™, and Cellulaze™.
Cellulaze is one of the most recent and promising cosmetic procedures for cellulite treatment. Cellulaze represents the first cellulite laser treatment, being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012. It is also a one-time cellulite treatment; all other cosmetic procedures for cellulite treatment, except Cellulaze and Cellfina, require multiple treatment sessions. Also, unlike most other cellulite treatment, Cellulaze targets the actual problems underneath your skin—the fat cells poking up to the surface plus the shortened and weakened bands of connective tissue. Other benefits of Cellulaze include it being an outpatient procedure, which means no hospital stay, and only requiring local anesthesia, which means you avoid the risks and side effects of general anesthesia.
How Is the Cellulaze Procedure Performed?
After the application of local anesthesia, very tiny incisions are made and a small, very thin tube called a cannula is inserted beneath the skin. The cannula, about the size of a pen’s tip, contains a laser fiber that precisely delivers energy to the area targeted for cellulite treatment. Finally, the liquefied fat is gently massaged away. As a result, this laser cellulite treatment melts fat and releases the shortened cellulite-causing bands of connective tissue. Cellulaze also stimulates the new growth of collagen, which not only shores up the previously weakened connective tissue but also increases the thickness and quality of your skin. All of this smoothes and minimizes the “orange peel” look that is synonymous with cellulite.
What Should Patients Know Before Getting the Procedure? Are There Any Side Effects? What Is the Average Recovery Time?
Cellulaze offers the best results to women who are not significantly overweight/obese but have mild to moderate cellulite in a problem area. Because the cellulite treatment area is numbed with local anesthesia, you will experience minimal discomfort/pain during the procedure. Depending on the size of the area being treated, this cellulite laser treatment can be completed in 1 to 2 hours. After the Cellulaze procedure, you may experience some light bruising and some aches (akin to an overzealous workout), which resolve quickly and without long-term effects. Since the incisions are very small, any scars will be barely noticeable. Your physician may recommend wearing a compression garment in the short term for support. The downtime associated with the procedure is minimal, and you should be able to return to normal activities in 1 to 2 days. Results are noticeable in several days and will continue to improve over a 3 to 12 month period, with overall results Cellulaze lasting for 1 year or more.
If you are looking for cellulite treatment with longer lasting results, contact Precision M.D. today to schedule a free consultation to see if you are a candidate for Cellulaze—the one-time cellulite laser treatment.