They call it women’s Sisyphean struggle — banishing cellulite.
And everything from caffeinated creams or massages with laser therapy have been used to make bumpy skin look smooth. But the fixes were always temporary because they did little to tackle the structure of cellulite.
Cellulite can be a frustrating problem. Contrary to popular belief, cellulite is a structural problem below the skin caused by factors outside ones control. Many believe it’s a fat problem, which can be addressed through diet and exercise. But fat isn’t the only culprit.
“I’ve seen the 90% figure cited often and I’m not sure of its source,” says Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills and, “so I can’t verify it as a scientific fact. Suffice it to say, though, that cellulite is the bane of many of my female patients.”
He goes on to explain that genetics, skin thickness, the natural aging process and the body’s distribution of fat are all unique to each patient and affect the development of cellulite.
However, there are three structural problems that cause the appearance of cellulite. First, the connective tissue bands beneath your skin, surrounding fat cells, can become tight and inflexible. Secondly, enlarged pockets of fat trapped by the rigid bands push up against skin. And finally, thin skin makes the appearance of cellulite even worse. That means— the dimpled, orange peel look is even more predominant.
Many have tried every treatment possible for cellulite; however, none treat the very structure. Until now.
Cellulaze is the latest FDA-approved laser-based proven method in reducing cellulite on the hips, thighs, abdomen and buttocks in a single treatment. This minimally invasive reduction procedure works on the fat pockets that develop and push connective tissue beneath the skin closer to the surface, which causes the dimples and bumps commonly associated with cellulite.
Cellulaze is the first technology that goes directly after the actual biological structures causing cellulite. The unique reduction procedure works in three distinct ways: level out fat lumps, treat dimples by releasing fibrous bands pulling on the skin, and stimulate collagen production for improved skin depth and elasticity.
The entire procedure takes 1 to 1.5 hours. Local anesthesia will be applied to the area or areas being treated. Tiny incisions, the size of the tip of a pen, will be made in the area and the Cellulaze laser fiber will then be threaded through a small tube and inserted through the incision site. The laser will begin to heat up and level out bumps of fat and treat dimples by releasing the fibrous bands that pull down on the skin. Then, the laser heats the skin to trigger new collagen growth, leading to better elasticity and thickness. Finally, liquefied fat will be gently pressed out of the incision areas.
Patients will have some bruising and discomfort, along with small amounts of fluid leaking from the incision sites. But they will be able to return to their normal activities after a day or two, and resume strenuous exercise after two weeks.
Cellulaze is said to deliver the best results for people who are not significantly overweight, but who have moderate cellulite. Results will be noticeable in about four weeks, the aesthetic appearance will continue to improve over three months following the cellulite reduction procedure, and can last up to three years or more.
Clinical investigations have found that 93% of patients surveyed were satisfied or very satisfied with their results one year post procedure. Thicker, more elastic skin was also recorded with an increase in skin thickness by 25%, and elasticity by 29%.
“The data so far is good,” concludes Dr. Ourian, “but the study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal was limited in scope. I expect the company is working on additional supporting data that I look forward to reviewing.”
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