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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Brandy Rousselle tried to get rid of cellulite on the back of her thighs by working out, but she found that exercise alone didn't work.

"I only wore bermuda shorts," Rouselle told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie."In a bathing suit, I always covered the back."

Rousselle went toseeDr. JayKulkin at WIFH in Sandy Springs. He decided she was the perfect candidate for a new FDA-approved procedure called Cellulaze instead of a liposuction.

"These women don't have quantities of fat they want removed, they have fat they want remodeled," Dr. Kulkin said."They want it smoother, not puckered and cottage-cheese looking."

Here's how it works: Dr. Kulkin uses a local anesthetic to numb the leg, then heinserts a laser under the skin to melt the fat that causes bulges. Next, he cuts and vaporizes the fibers that pull on the skin and make it dimple. Finally, he heats the skin from underneath to let new collagen form.

"I don't like the word permanent, but I do have data to support long-term reduction of cellulite," Dr. Kulkin said.

He also has before and after photos of his Cellulazepatients, many of whom see improving results over time.

"Every month it gets better with the collagen smoothing it out," Rousselle said."From last April to today, it's amazing the results."

The procedure costs close to $4,000 for one area on both legs, and there is a risk of infection or burning.

Because Cellulaze is a cosmetic procedure, it's not covered by insurance.