Article furnished by Dr. Jay Kulkin -- Most women agree that cellulite is a common annoyance and the biggest gripe about their body.
We all know what it is, those unattractive dimples or cottage cheese-like grids that form on the hips, buttocks and thighs.
It is estimated to plague 90% of women. That number is alarming for any woman, because the odds are you will get cellulite if you don't have it already.
Sadly, cellulite affects even those who fall within a healthy weight range as well as those that carry a few extra pounds. Many believe cellulite to be a fat problem that can be eliminated through diet and exercise.
But as you may have learned through experience, you can lessen the appearance of cellulite by losing weight, but you can't get rid of it completely. And crash diets can actually make the cellulite look worse.
There are three structural problems that cause the appearance of cellulite.
First, the connective tissue bands beneath your skin surrounding your fat cells can become tight and inflexible, pulling the skin down to create depressions.
Second, enlarged pockets of fat trapped by the rigid bands push up against skin.
Finally, thin skin makes the appearance of cellulite even worse.
Other factors associated with cellulite are aging, heredity, hormones, and weight. That's why any effective cellulite treatment has to address more than fat and the surface of skin.
Until last year the only option for the treatment of cellulite were surface treatments, creams, and lotions. All of these cellulite treatments must be used repetitively to treat the appearance of cellulite and only provide a temporary solution.
And while staying in shape through diet and exercise is always a good idea, no amount of sweating or starving will make a significant dent in your dimples.
Cellulaze was introduced late February 2012 and from a medical point of view it was a game-changer. Cellulaze is the first FDA approved treatment for cellulite with proven results over a three year period (including trial period).
In 2012, the innovative treatment which uses a high-frequency laser to modify the structure of cellulite, reducing the appearance of the dimpling effect.
Using only a local anesthesia, the small cannula is inserted under the skin, releasing the fiber bands and melting the fat cells while heating the skin, stimulating collagen production which tightens and firms.
After performing numerous Cellulaze procedures, I can confidently say that my patients have been very pleased with the results. There is little or no down time, minimal bruising and many of my patients often drive themselves home!
Who is a good candidate for Cellulaze?
An ideal candidate for Cellulaze is someone who has moderate to mild cellulite and is not significantly overweight.
Results can be achieved with one treatment and will continue to improve in the following three to twelve months.
How much does it cost?
The cost of this procedure varies, but I would say on average the cost ranges from $3995-$5,000 (per area/grid) depending on the size of the area. A consultation is typically needed to make this determination.
Are the results permanent?
Personally I don't like to use the word permanent until there is years of data to support that claim. What I can say is that the results are long lasting. We have clinical data is showing that those that participated in the clinical trials 4 years ago are maintaining their results. So it is likely that this could be a permanent solution, but for now I will say it's offers long-term relief from cellulite.
Dr. Jay Kulkin, Founder of WIFH in Atlanta, is an internationally recognized laser expert and teaches doctors from from within the U.S. and around the world about laser techniques. He is a Board Certified Gynecologist and is often quoted in the media and featured on a number of TV networks including CNN, Headline News and local Atlanta networks on laser issues. He has been practicing in Atlanta since 1983 and is a Fellow (the highest distinction achievable) of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and is the former Executive Director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Women's Health Program, which he was instrumental in creating. Dr. Kulkin is committed to bringing the latest advances in laser research to his patients.