The patient population for cellulite is estimated to include 85% or more of all women. This market potential is magnified by the fact that 90% of all aesthetic procedures are performed on women.
Treating cellulite has historically been a challenge. Past and current modalities offer short-term results and low patient satisfaction rates. Minimally invasive laser procedures that treat the three structural problems of cellulite may provide your patients with the long-term success they are seeking, and it could benefit your practice.
Targeting core structural defects beneath the skin’s surface
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Depending upon the procedure and specific technique used, the primary goal of the treatment is to target the core structural defects of cellulite underneath the skin to cause structural changes below the skin’s surface.
Core structural defects include:
- Herniated pockets of fat
- Fibrous septae
- Thinning dermis
Cellulite treatment options
- Minimally invasive: Unlike other treatments that treat cellulite from the outside-in, minimally invasive procedures treat the structural defects that cause the appearance of cellulite. Examples include: mesotherapy, subcision, and the unique laser platform, Cellulaze.
Cellulaze is the only one-time, minimally invasive laser treatment with proven clinical data showing long lasting results up to 3 years.1 Its side-firing fibre treats the leading structural causes of the appearance of cellulite. (See Figure 1).
- Non-invasive: These include creams, massage, RF energy, laser energy, or a combination of an energy delivery system and some form of massage or tissue manipulation. Treatment regimens vary based on the treatment modality, but many of the non-invasive treatments require 4–8 treatments over a period of time and additional maintenance treatments.
Figure 1. Fibrotic Septae Remodeling
1DiBernardo, Barry E., MD. Cellulite Treatment Using the ND:YAG 1440-nm Wavelength Laser With Side-Firing Fiber: Three-Year Follow-Up. Plastic Surgery Pulse News. 2013; vol 5;1.
Getting Started with Laser Cellulite Treatment
Cynosure’s Cellulaze is the only one-time minimally invasive laser cellulite treatment with proven clinical results lasting three years.1
It’s important to meet with your physician to see if Cellulaze is right for you. Once the decision is made to move forward, your physician will provide you with some pre-treatment guidelines.
On the day of the procedure, your physician will use a template and marker to outline the areas to be treated. These marks help to guide the physician during the treatment.
How It Works
The treatment consists of inserting a very small cannula and a small laser fiber which delivers energy directly under the skin.
The laser will melt fat, release the fibrous bands that pull down on the skin (which cause that annoying dimpled appearance), and promote collagen production, which has been clinically shown to result in improved skin thickness and elasticity. By targeting these three areas, Cellulaze effectively minimizes the appearance of cellulite.
The treatment consists of inserting a very small cannula—a tube about the size of a pen tip—under the skin in order to treat the structural causes of cellulite.
The laser will melt fat, and deliver laser energy to release the fibrous bands under the skin and promote collagen production. Increasing collagen has been clinically shown to result in improved skin thickness and elasticity. By targeting these three areas, Cellulaze is the only minimally invasive device indicated for the laser treatment of cellulite.
Cellulaze is a one-time minimally invasive procedure that can be done in-office. It’s best to speak with a physician to discuss your needs and expectations.
Because the area is generally numbed with local anesthesia, there is minimal discomfort during the procedure. You may feel a slight pressure during the treatment. Following a Cellulaze treatment, you may experience some temporary soreness in the treatment area.
Cellulaze is backed by years of clinical research and published data on results lasting three years. Additionally, studies have shown that Cellulaze treatments have increased the thickness of the skin by 25% and the elasticity of the skin by 29%. 1
You’ll see some improvement right away with optimal results apparent between 3–6 months. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
1DiBernardo, B.E., MD. Cellulite Treatment Using the ND:YAG 1440-nm Wavelength Laser With Side-Firing Fiber: Three-Year Follow-Up. Plastic Surgery Pulse News. 2013; vol 5;1.