We have all heard it a million times before; 80-90% of women have cellulite. Unfortunately, the fact that you are not alone is rarely a comfort to women who look in the mirror and hate the ripples and dimples of cellulite.
Cellulite is caused by bands of fibrous tissue that connect the muscle to the skin. If these bands are tight and the fat between the muscle and the skin is compressed, there will be a cottage cheese or orange peel look to the skin. Cellulite is a decidedly female affliction, stemming primarily from genetic predisposition, a sedentary lifestyle, hormonal changes and weight gain. Since the 1970s, numerous cellulite cures have come and gone, spreading from the bizarre machines to topical creams, none of which really offered a definite treatment program that worked for the long term. Every major women’s publication did the obligatory cellulite roundup in May, and by the end of summer, most women had either given up, moved on, or learned to live with it.
Even liposuction techniques, brilliant for reducing bulges, have been shown to have little or no effect on cellulite. According to New York City Plastic Surgeon Z. Paul Lorenc, M.D., F.A.C.S., “Breaking up the fibrous bands using a liposuction cannula with a sharp, cutting edge may have the effect of severing the connective tissues that are at the root of cellulite, but in my experience, this technique sometimes offers little relief from chronic cellulite, which get worse with age. The effects are largely temporary, and the dimples may reappear.”
A new device called Cellulaze (Cynosure) just received FDA clearance for marketing in the U.S. It uses a three-dimensional approach to directly target the subdermal structure that forms the foundation of cellulite. The physician inserts a small cannula — a narrow tube the size of the tip of a pen — under the skin. Cynosure’s proprietary SideLight 3D™ side-firing technology directs controlled, laser thermal energy to the areas to be treated, which is typically the buttocks and thighs. The laser is designed to diminish the lumpy pockets of fat, release the areas of skin depressions or dents, and improve the elasticity and thickness of the skin.
New Jersey Dermatologist David J. Goldberg, M.D. said, “The causes of cellulite are unknown, but there are changes in fat, septae and thinned epidermis or the outer layer of the skin. Cellulaze is unique in that a single treatment of 1 – 1.5 hours gets results. We make tiny incisions in the skin to insert a fine optical fiber, a 1440 nm laser fiber that destroys the septa and melts the fatty deposits that cause the lumpy uneven appearance of cellulite. We have seen long lasting results of one to two years, which is significantly better that other systems we have used, and it continues to improve for up to twelve months.”
Instead of having to keep going for the typical series of anti-dimple treatments, Cellulaze is the first system that targets the causes of cellulite in one treatment. By gently heating the skin and disrupting the fat. you can see results quickly. Cellulaze is not a non-invasive procedure; Dr. Goldberg calls it “laser lipolysis for cellulite.” Local anesthetic solution is injected before beginning, and there will be some bruising, discomfort, and oozing from the incision sites after the treatment. You may have to wear a compression garment, but most people can go back to work or the gym in a few days. The incisions are tiny so scars are not really an issue. This is a treatment that should be reserved for physicians – dermatologists, plastic surgeons or cosmetic doctors.
To find a certified doctor near you, visit cellulaze.com