Cellulite is a common problem that plagues mostly women, and affects people of all ages. Contrary to what many believe, the cottage cheese appearance is not caused solely by fat; it is a structural issue that occurs in the deeper dermal layers underneath the skin’s surface. The problem with many cellulite treatments today is that they focus on that outer layer where cellulite becomes apparent, rather than targeting the underlying cause of the dimpling. Fortunately, there is now a revolutionary treatment available at Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics that attacks cellulite at its source, producing dramatic, long-lasting results.
Cellulaze is the first of its kind in cellulite treatment, with the ability to target all three of the root causes that lead to the formation of this condition. In just one, minimally-invasive treatment session, Dr. Birchall and the staff at Dermacare can correct changes in the dermal structure and smooth the skin from the inside out. Patients will enjoy positive results almost immediately following their procedure with little discomfort or disruption to their daily lives.
What is Cellulite?
Women are by far the most likely to develop cellulite, with 90 percent of women seeing its appearance at some point in their lives. Only about 10 percent of men will ever experience the condition. Cellulite causes a dimpled appearance on the skin that looks like an orange peel and is usually seen on the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and hips. Some women also develop cellulite around the upper arms and breasts. The primary cause of cellulite is unknown, but numerous factors might contribute to its appearance:
- Genetics, which appears to be the most prevalent risk factor overall
- Hormonal fluctuations, which could explain why the condition is more common among women
- The problem is commonly seen during and after pregnancy
- The aging process, which causes the skin to lose its elasticity and can exacerbate cellulite
- An accumulation of fat cells and the loss of collagen in the area can make cellulite more noticeable
- Weight gain also makes cellulite more visible, although it is not considered a cause of the condition
These factors all contribute to the events that lead to the formation of cellulite. First, fibrous bands underneath the skin’s surface constrict, causing the dimpling effect. Fat cells can also expand over time, pressing up on the underside of the dermis and exacerbating the constriction. Finally, thinning skin that is a typical byproduct of collagen loss, also makes the cellulite more apparent. Cellulaze addresses all of these issues surrounding cellulite formation to produce skin that is smoother and more youthful looking.
How does Cellulaze Work?
Cellulaze uses the power of laser energy to counter all three of the changes to the dermal structure that lead to the development of cellulite:
- The laser releases the constricted bands, making it easier for the skin to become smoother and more uniform
- Laser energy liquefies enlarged fat cells, so they can be readily eliminated by the body to smooth out skin bulges
- Collagen production is also stimulated by the laser to thicken and smooth the skin for further enhancement over time
In just one treatment session, which typically lasts up to 90 minutes, we can reverse all the processes that contribute to cellulite to produce skin that is smoother and dimple free. The results of your Cellulaze treatment should last many years.
How is Cellulaze Performed?
To keep our patients comfortable during a Cellulaze treatment, we use a local anesthetic to eliminate potential pain in the treatment area. A narrow cannula is inserted underneath the skin directly into the affected area. The cannula delivers laser energy into the tissue and dermal layers to provide the necessary correction. The laser treatment enhances the depth and quality of your skin while simultaneously releasing fibrous bands and liquefying unwanted fat cells in the treatment area.
Cellulaze treatments may take an hour or more, but not typically more than 90 minutes to complete. The extent of the procedure will depend on numerous factors, including the size of your treatment area and the amount of fat you would like removed during your appointment. After your treatment session, Dr. Birchall may recommend that you wear a compression garment for a few days to promote healing to the area, and reduce swelling and bruising.
After your procedure, you will notice stronger, smoother skin that resists textural changes often caused by sun damage and the aging process. The laser used during a Cellulaze treatment diminishes lumpy pockets of fat while treating cellulite, to create a more youthful appearance as well. The laser effectively eliminates stubborn fat pockets, while releasing the fibrous bands that can pull the skin inward and lead to the dimpling effect. At the same time, the laser energy works in the underlying dermal structure to constrict tissue and stimulate collagen production for a result that is smooth and rejuvenated.
There are numerous benefits the Cellulaze treatment offers, including:
- Stronger, smoother skin
- Improved elasticity and collagen synthesis
- Breaking up of fatty tissue and banding for a smoother skin surface
- One treatment is all that is necessary to achieve full results
- Results are both natural and long-lasting, giving you confidence in showing off your new appearance
Results may last up to three years or even longer before you will require a maintenance treatment to prolong your new look indefinitely. Dr. Birchall has extensive experience in all types of body contouring, including Cellulaze, so he has seen the positive results of this procedure firsthand. Schedule your appointment with Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics to determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure.
What are the Risks Associated with Cellulaze?
Because Cellulaze is a minimally-invasive procedure, risks associated with the treatment are relatively minimal as well. Some of the more frequent side effects include:
- Mild swelling
These symptoms are not severe and subside within a matter of days. Most of our patients take a day or two off work and other activities to rest and recuperate from their appointment. As with any procedure, there is a slight risk of infection. However, at Dermacare, we take every possible step to avoid infection or other potential complications, ensuring our patients enjoy safe and effective treatments.
How Soon Will I See Results?
Results from your Cellulaze treatment will become apparent within days after your procedure. At Dermacare, we see results with only one treatment session, minimizing office visits and making the process of treating cellulite as convenient as possible for our patients. The effects of Cellulaze can last up to three years or more, as this device offers one of the longest-lasting methods of cellulite treatments available today.
If you are ready to say goodbye to cellulite, Cellulaze may be the solution you have been seeking. Contact Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Center today in Rancho Bernardo at 858-943-2443 or in Carlsbad at 760-472-5088 to learn more about this revolutionary treatment.
The information about Cellulaze in San Diego on this page was reviewed by Dr. Jeff Birchall. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.