As we approach summer I don’t want to bring up an unpleasant topic – cellulite – but every professional hypochondriac really should know about a new, FDA approved, minimally invasive outpatient procedure to zap that fat in one treatment.
It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? The treatment is called Cellulaze by Cynosure and it received FDA approval for the elimination of cellulite in late January 2012. The Today Show featured the procedure yesterday. It’s been used in Europe since early 2011.
Let’s face it. Nearly 90% of women have cellulite, and your afflictedness can have little to do with your weight or level of fitness. Cellulite happens when the septae – fibrous bands of connective tissue under your skin – stiffen, causing the fat pockets they surround to bulge upward into the skin. Estrogen may be responsible for this stiffening, making the septae shrink and pull down on the skin creating that dimply, crater-like appearance. Have you ever seen a man with cellulite? Exactly.
Using a local anesthetic, the doctor inserts a tiny laser under the surface of the skin. The laser heats and melts the fat and cuts through the bands that pull the skin down to create the dippled effect. Finally, the laser heats the skin to enable the growth of new collagen which increases elasticity.
Within a few weeks, your cottage cheese thighs are a thing of the past, says Dr. Bruce Katz, a clinical professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and director of the Juva Skin and Laser Center in New York City. You may notice improvement over the next 3 to 12 months. You may have some soreness and bruising, but many women can return to work the next day.
It’s too early to measure the long-term effects of Cellulaze, but results are said to last a year or more. Dr. Katz said the cellulite could come back if you gain weight or step exercising. But if you stay clear for two years then most likely you’ve zapped it for good.
The procedure isn’t cheap. It runs upwards of $2500 depending on the area you want to treat. But can you really put a price on smooth thighs?
For more information see http://www.cellulaze.com/.