Cellulite: What is it?
Cellulite is characterized by a fat later underneath the skin that bulges up between fibrous bands of tissue called septae. These bands tether the skin to the layer of tissue covering the muscle with the fat in-between. Eventually, the fibrous bands stiffen, holding the skin at an inflexible length while the fat trapped in between the bands continues to expand. This results in the characteristic ‘orange peel’-like appearance, which is often resistant to exercise and can worsen as our skin thins with age.
Cellulite is an important cosmetic concern in approximately 85% of women. While usually affecting the thighs and buttocks, it may also be present on the upper arms, lower abdomen or breasts. Other factors that may include the amount of cellulite you have may include the following:
- Poor diet or fad dieting
- Slow metabolism
- Lack of physical activity
- Hormonal changes
- Total body fat
- Skin colour and thickness
An effective treatment for Cellulite – Finally
Our cellulite reduction laser is the only minimally invasive device for cellulite that addresses all structural issues causing cellulite. Approved by the FDA, it is considered the only devices for cellulite that can significantly improve appearance after only one treatment. This is due to a proprietary light fibre delivery system combined with a powerful Nd:Yag 1440 nm wavelength laser.
Is it right for me?
As with other cosmetic procedures, cellulite reduction is a personal decision. It should be done only to help you feel positive about your appearance rather than to fit a particular image or ideal.
Good candidates for cellulite reduction are individuals who:
- Are physically healthy
- Are of average or slightly-above average weight?
- Have cellulite or stubborn areas of fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise
- Are non-smokers
Cellulite reduction is designed to improve skin contours and is not a replacement for healthy eating habits and exercise.
How a cellulite reduction treatment is performed
The cellulite reduction laser device is used while the patient is under a general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Dr. Dawes will make small incisions in the skin; the light fibre is then inserted through the incision and energy is then applied to the fat underneath the skin. The resultant heat disrupts and breaks down fat bulges. The light fibre then thermally cuts the fibrous bands tethering the skin down, creating smoother looking skin. Finally, the same fiber is oriented such that the laser heats the skin underneath, promoting thickening of the skin via new collagen formation.
Recovery takes about 1-2 weeks, during which time you may experience pain, swelling and/or bruising. You may be required to wear compression garments to reduce swelling. Best results are seen at 3 months, once the skin has thickened due to new collagen formation. It may take 6 months or longer for swelling to subside completely.
- Can liposuction reduce cellulite?
- Liposuction addresses only one of the three structural problems which cause cellulite. Liposuction may reduce the overall amount of fat in a particular area, but it does not address the fibrous bands tethering the skin down or the thin overlying skin – both of which contribute to cellulite formation.
- Will a cellulite reduction laser treatment appreciably reduce the amount of fat in my area(s) of concern?
- This laser too was designed to improve skin quality and contour and will not significantly reduce fat content. Liposuction is a good adjuct to cellulite reduction, and may be performed at the same time.
- When will I be able to appreciate the final results?
- Results are usually seen by 3 months, once the skin has thickened due to new collagen formation. Final results may not be appreciable for up to six months, once all residual swelling has dissipated.
- How many treatments are required?
- Usually, only one treatment is required.
- How much does a this cellulite reduction treatment cost?
- The cost of this treatment varies depending on the location, size and number of areas of concern as well as whether it is combined with liposuction. Click here to book a consultation with Dr. Dawes to discuss further.