Cellulite got you feeling down? Relax; it’s a common issue that more than 80 percent of women deal with one time or another somewhere on their body. Cellulite is nothing more than normal fat deposits that appear bumpy beneath the skin because of the way they push against connective tissue. While there is nothing harmful about cellulite, it simply isn’t attractive to look at, and most people want rid of it.
What is Cellulaze?
Cellulaze is an FDA-approved, minimally invasive laser treatment that targets the bulging pockets of fat that cause cellulite. The Cellulaze laser is inserted into the dermal layer of skin through a small incision point, targeting troublesome fat pockets and delivering short-pulsed beams of energy that heat up the tissue and help to smooth the fat.
The outpatient procedure is such that healing is quick and risks are minimal. The size of the incision is so small that it does not require stitches, meaning scarring is not a concern. Patients should rest for a day after treatment and avoid any overly strenuous activity for the next five to seven days.
Most patients only require a single Cellulaze treatment to get the results they want, which can be seen in as little as a week after the procedure. Continued improvement should occur over the following weeks and months. In fact, the full effect of treatment may not be realized until six months or longer after treatment.
Cellulaze vs. the Alternatives
Looking for a cellulite treatment and wondering whether Cellulaze is right for you? The best thing to do would be to set up a consultation with a plastic surgeon offering Cellulaze to discuss the pros and cons, in addition to determining your candidacy.
Ideal candidates are those who are not significantly overweight and have moderate levels of cellulite. Although Cellulaze can be performed on all areas of the body, it is particularly effective in treating cellulite on the buttocks, thighs, abdomen and legs.
The thing that makes Cellulaze unique over its alternatives is the manner with which laser energy is applied. Whereas Cellulaze targets the underlying dermal tissue, other cellulite treatments target the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). This precise method of targeting bulging fat deposits and connective tissue helps to produce smoother, firmer skin. In addition, Cellulaze only requires a single treatment, whereas alternative options may require multiple rounds of treatment for best results.
Additional advantages of Cellulaze versus alternatives include long-lasting results, minimal discomfort and the promotion of skin thickening.
What is the Cost?
Cellulaze is a cosmetic procedure not covered by medical insurance. Although the cost of treatment can vary significantly based on your unique medical circumstances, the location in which the procedure is performed, and the surgeon performing it, Cellulaze costs between $5,000 and $7,000 on average. Contact a plastic surgeon to discuss treatment further to get a better sense of what Cellulaze will cost you.