Cellulaze™ Cellulite Reduction
Performed at our Duluth, GA medical office, north of Atlanta.
Ah cellulite – the scourge of bathing suit fans of all ages and sizes. While many people think cellulite is caused by being overweight, it’s actually a much more specific problem. There is a thin layer of fat beneath the skin (separate from the fat that accumulates from a calorie imbalance), and thin bands extend through this fat to connect the skin to the tissue below the fat. But when these bands become too rigid, they pull down on the surface skin while the layer of fat is pushing up, and especially when it’s combined with the thinning skin that occurs with age, this creates the dimpled and bumpy appearance of cellulite.
There are a number of ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite, such as weight loss (in some cases) or non-invasive treatments like our Viora Reaction™ Skin Tightening at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, but these strategies do have their limits. For patients who want a more comprehensive result, Cellulaze™ cellulite reduction is available at Southern Plastic Surgery by double board-certified plastic surgeon (and owner of Laser Lights) Dr. David Whiteman.
As a minimally-invasive procedure, Cellulaze™ targets all three root causes of cellulite by releasing the connective bands under the skin, reducing the pockets of fat, and helping the skin become firmer and youthfully thicker. Using tiny incisions, a narrow laser is treaded along this layer of fat. By using several different modes, this same laser is used to break down some of the trapped fat cells, to separate the connective bands, and to stimulate your natural production of collagen – a protein which makes the skin thicker, firmer, and smoother. By tackling all three of the contributing factors to cellulite, Cellulaze™ can achieve unmatched cellulite reduction results which continue to improve for up to a year after the procedure.
How many Cellulaze™ cellulite reduction treatments will I need?
Because of the direct and comprehensive way Cellulaze™ addresses cellulite, only one in-office treatment is needed, and it is performed with only local anesthesia.
How much recovery time does Cellulaze™ cellulite reduction require?
Cellulaze™ is a minimally invasive procedure, which means the downtime is minimal as well. Most patients can return to work and their other day-to-day activities within one to two days after their Cellulaze™ treatment, although you should expect to avoid strenuous exercise for one to two weeks.
What is the difference between Cellulaze™ cellulite treatment and Viora Reaction™?
The simplified answer is that Viora Reaction™ Skin Tightening is non-invasive and addresses body contouring as a whole, while Cellulaze™ is specifically focused on cellulite. By using targeted warmth with no incisions or injections, Viora Reaction™ enhances collagen production for skin firming and some fat reduction. Cellulaze™, on the other hand, addresses the three factors that contribute to cellulite underneath the skin: rigid connective tissue, excess subcutaneous fat, and thinning skin. In fact, to get the most successful and comprehensive results, it is ideal to combine the two methods.
Will I have scarring after my Cellulaze™ cellulite reduction procedure?
Because this cellulite treatment uses very tiny incisions (around the size of the tip of a pen) scarring is extremely subtle. However, every patient’s body responds to incisions in a different way, and some are more susceptible to prominent scarring (like keloids) than others. If you are bothered by the appearance of your scars after Cellulaze™, or scars caused by surgeries, acne, or injuries, ask one of our licensed and experienced aestheticians about scar reduction.