Cellulite is a cosmetic issue that primarily affects women and cannot be easily targeted with diet and exercise alone. FDA-approved Cellulaze treats unsightly cellulite by cutting the fibrous bands that cause tissue dimpling to reveal smoother skin and body contours.
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About the Procedure
Cellulite creates dimpling on the surface of the skin, typically on the legs and buttocks area, when fat bulges through connective tissue. While cellulite can affect both sexes, cellulite is more commonly associated with women since women are genetically more susceptible due to inherent muscle and fat distributions. Cellulaze, along with Cellfina, are two FDA-approved methods to eliminate the fibrous bands that accentuate cellulite bumps. Cellulaze helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite with the use of laser energy. Once inserted under the skin, the laser helps to melt away fat, cut fibrous connective tissues, and stimulate collagen production to increase skin thickness. Before the procedure begins, the affected area will be numbed with a local anesthesia. A small incision will be made where a cannula is inserted beneath the skin. The Cellulaze laser fiber is then threaded through the cannula. The laser’s heat energy helps to melt pockets of fat, cut fibrous bands that pull the skin downwards (creating a dimpled appearance), as well as heat the skin to encourage new collagen production which makes the skin thicker and more elastic. All three functions help to improve body contours and smooth skin.
The goal of Cellulaze is to improve and diminish the appearance of cellulite in the buttocks, hip area, and/or the back of the thighs.
What to Expect
FDA-approved Cellulaze treats unsightly cellulite by cutting the fibrous bands that cause tissue dimpling to reveal smoother skin and body contours. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Cellulaze treatment.
No special measures need to be taken before a Cellulaze treatment.
- Local anesthesia is administered to treatment area
- Incision made and cannula inserted beneath the skin
- Cellulaze laser fiber threaded through cannula
- Laser heat energy melts fat, cuts connective tissues, and stimulates collagen
- Treatment completed in less than 2 hours
Most patients can return to work after 1-2 days recovering however bruising and swelling can persist for 2 weeks. Incisions will be healed within 1 week however it is recommended to wear a compression garment for at least 2 weeks for best results.
The ideal candidate for Cellulaze is not significantly overweight and has moderate cellulite on the thighs, buttocks, or hips.
Not Recommended For
Cellulaze is not recommended for patients who have an unstable weight.
Side effects from Cellulaze treatment may include swelling, bruising, and discomfort which will dissipate within 2 weeks.