Are you self-conscious about the dimpled, uneven texture on the backs of your hips and thighs? Sometimes referred to as “cottage cheese legs” or “orange peel legs,” cellulite is a common problem among women, especially ages 19 and older. Many patients try lotions, diet, and exercise to get rid of the troublesome condition, but to no avail.
Cellulite is actually a structural problem beneath the skin, caused by fat deposits pushing against connective tissue in the skin and disrupting the skin’s surface. Fortunately, Cellulaze laser treatment, the only FDA-approved solution for cellulite, effectively addresses this unsightly skin condition by targeting the problem beneath the skin.
What is a Cellulaze Cellulite Laser Treatment?
Cellulaze Cellulite is a minimally-invasive, clinically proven laser treatment to treat cellulite and restore a smoother, healthier look to the skin’s surface. It attacks the uneven structure of cellulite, eliminates bulging pockets of fat, and encourages collagen production to increase the skin’s elasticity. Results last about one year but can last longer. This laser-assisted procedure has a threefold purpose.
- As it heats up, it melts excess fat beneath the skin’s surface.
- The laser cuts through fibers that connect the dermis to fibrous connective tissue which are responsible for pulling the skin downward and creating a dimpled effect.
- And last, the laser stimulates collagen production, increasing the skin’s depth and decreasing flaccidity (the absence of youthful firmness).
What Can I Expect From a Cellulaze Cellulite Laser Treatment?
On the day of the your appointment, your provider will draw a diagram on the target area with a pen. Patients are awake during the whole treatment, but local anesthesia is applied to numb the area. Depending on your comfort level, medications may be applied to help you throughout the procedure.
We use various monitors during the treatment to track your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels. Your provider will create tiny incisions about the size of a pencil point. The Cellulaze laser fiber, encased by a tiny tube (technically called a cannula), is gently inserted through one of the incision sites. The laser cuts through the fiber bands, melting fat deposits beneath the skin and eliminating irregularities in the skin.
The treatment area is gently squeezed to remove liquefied fat through the injection site. The entire treatment takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours.
During the initial consultation for a Cellulaze Cellulite Laser Treatment, we’ll conduct a complete physical exam and discuss your medical history to ensure you’re a candidate. We’ll also provide complete pre-treatment instructions.
Before your Cellulaze Cellulite Laser Treatment, we ask that you quit smoking at least 6 weeks prior to your appointment. This will improve the healing process. Avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, and anything that can increase bleeding. Make sure you arrive to your appointment well-hydrated to ensure a safe recovery.
What Happens After the Treatment? Aftercare Instructions
Consult with your provider for specific aftercare instructions. Since Cellulaze Cellulite is an outpatient procedure, we recommend that a friend or family member drives you home from your appointment and stays with you for the first 24 hours following treatment.
Most patients return to their daily activities about 3-4 days after their treatment. Patients should avoid more strenuous exercise for 1-2 weeks following their treatment. The results continue to improve over the following months, with final results appearing in about 3-12 months.
Are There Any Side Effects to Cellulaze Cellulite Laser Treatment?
Cellulaze Cellulite Laser Treatments are not commonly reported to have significant side effects. The most common side effects include bruising, which heals within 7-10 days; swelling, which is lessened by elevation and cool compresses; numbness; and mild discomfort. If you experience fluid leakage from the incision sites, you can request a compression garment to be worn for 2-3 weeks.
Some potential side effects can include scarring, allergic reaction to anesthesia, swollen blood clots (also known as hematoma), infection, bleeding, and changes in sensation at the injection site. If you experience any adverse side effects or have any questions about your follow-up care, don’t hesitate to contact us.