by Tina Hunter, Beauty Consultant
If you suffer from cellulite, then help is on the way! Cellulite is caused by fat deposits that develop in the skin’s fibrous tissues, creating a dimpled effect on the upper thighs and buttocks, as well as the arms and abdomen. More than 80 percent of adult women in the United Kingdom are afflicted with cellulite.
Cellulite and weight gain are not necessarily related, because even supermodels like Kate Moss suffer from it. Cellulite creams, compression garments and vacuum treatments have all been said to be effective treatments, but in reality they rarely work.
Surgery to remove cellulite usually leaves scarring and an unsatisfactory result. However, in September of 2011, doctors in the United Kingdom unveiled a revolutionary laser procedure that promises to quickly and effectively remove cellulite for good.
Cellulaze, requiring only one doctor’s visit, is being called a cure for cellulite by some medical professionals. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January, 2012, the Cellulaze laser technology promises to deal with the 3 main causes of cellulite: bulging fat, too-thin skin, and connective tissue that doesn’t stay smooth, resulting in ugly dimples.
Many cosmetic surgeons in the United States are excited about Cellulaze as a permanent solution to cellulite. A growing number of doctors have undergone the necessary training and are now able to charge patients from $2,500 to $5,000 for Cellulaze treatments.
Unlike other treatments, Cellulaze works by directly attacking the internal body tissues that cause cellulite. The procedure takes about ninety minutes under local anesthetic, and requires only tiny incisions with minimal post-operative scarring. The area to be treated is first sterilized with an iodine solution and then a local anesthetic is administered.
A laser on the end of a fine metal tube, called a cannula, is then inserted into the fatty areas below the skin through very small incisions. The laser gives off heat to dissolve the fat and remove cellulite bulges. Then the laser heats the skin in order to stimulate the gradual formation of collagen during the next six months.
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Cellulite occurs when underlying tissue bands stiffen and the fat cells they surround enlarge, pushing up against the skin and creating that “cottage cheese” effect. If you have thin skin resulting from aging, cellulite is even easier to see.
The Cellulaze procedure modifies this structure, reducing the appearance of cellulite in a single treatment. During the procedure, a tiny laser fiber is inserted under the skin which gently heats the skin and breaks up or melts the fat.
Next, the laser releases the fiber strands that pull down on the skin and create that dimpling or “cottage cheese” effect. Releasing the strands creates a smoother look.
Finally, the energy of the laser stimulates the production of collagen. This helps increase your skin’s elasticity, resulting in a healthier and smoother appearance.
Only one treatment is necessary to give what doctors believe will be permanent removal of cellulite. A follow-up study of more than one hundred Cellulaze patients in the United States showed no deterioration in results a year after their Cellulaze treatment.
Like any kind of cosmetic surgery, removal of cellulite by laser isn’t for everyone. Women with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis should avoid laser treatments until their skin problems have been resolved in order to avoid making them worse.
After the treatment, the dimples are gone or greatly diminished, and 90 days after the procedure the texture of the thighs is taut and smooth. For many patients, shorts can now be worn without embarrassment.
Cellulite is subject to a sliding scale in terms of severity, and Cellulaze cannot completely eliminate it. Depending on her grade of cellulite, a woman should hope for a reduction of between two and three grades.
The cellulite grading system most often used is the Nurenberg scale, named after the German doctor who created it. Grade one cellulite means that the cellulite is not obvious to the naked eye, but when the thighs are pinched, they will become dimpled in appearance.
Grade two cellulite refers to cellulite that is somewhat visible to the casual observer, and grade three cellulite is that which is highly visible. Grades two and three each have three subcategories – mild, moderate and severe – which makes a total of seven levels of cellulite.
The initial reviews of this laser cellulite remover have been overwhelmingly positive. Women who went into the surgery skeptical have come out singing its praises. The backs of their thighs are now smooth and there is hardly any cellulite visible.
The $2,500 cost for Cellulaze appears to be worth it to women who have spent thousands already on other cellulite treatments that don’t work like creams, vacuum treatments and compression garments. They can now show off their cellulite-free legs and don’t feel self-conscious about wearing shorts and skirts any longer. Why not give laser cellulite treatment a try?
(published October 10, 2011)