Trying to get rid of cellulite has been a bane of existence of so many women of all ages. Unsightly skin on thighs or stomach which looks like orange peel makes so many women dread going to the beach or wearing short skirt. There are thousands of remedies, some medical and other mythical: massages, heat therapy, magnetic therapy, ultrasound, radio frequency therapy, radial waves therapy, electrical stimulation, pentoxifylline, ginkgo biloba, Indian chestnut and so many others. None worked, until now. The new therapy called Cellulaze, created by Cynosure, is getting a lot of attention of the media, and women.
Cellulite is a skin condition affecting mostly women. Deposits of fat just under the skin push against the connective tissue making the skin look lumpy. It is caused by a combination of genes, hormones such as estrogen, noradrenaline, insulin, thyroid and prolactin, diet rich in fat and carbohydrates and lacking fiber, smoking, lack of exercise and many other factors.
The problem with many existing therapies is that the results, if any, were temporary and had to be repeated. Many were expensive, but women were ready to go to great lengths to make their thighs look smooth again.
Although undergone only one clinical study, on ten people, and sponsored by the manufacturer, Cellulaze shows great promise. The results of the study were published in 2011 in the Esthetic Surgery Journal. The procedure requires only one visit to the doctor and it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in January 2012. The procedure involves laser treatment of fat cells and connective tissue.
Cynosure has trained 70 doctors in the correct procedure. Their experts believe that the right doctors to do it are plastic surgeons experienced in liposuction, but more than 100 doctors in the USA are offering cellulaze ” “ from ob/gyn to ophthalmologists.
The price in average will cost you about $5000, but women cannot wait to try it. The results of the procedure are believed to be permanent ” “ the results so far lasted up to one year. As reported in the media, many women are very happy with results. Other reported worrying side effects, such as permanent bruising. Dr. DiBernardo, who published the only review of cellulaze so far, claims that it is not for everyone and that it should not be done on a too large area at once, or it can result in seroma, accumulation of liquid in the treated tissue.
It is too early to know if the results of this new, highly advertised and promising procedure are long lasting and how to avoid serious consequences. That will not prevent thousands of women who can afford it to rush to their neighborhood plastic surgeon. Hopefully, we shall have more clinical trials soon and will be able to say with more confidence if we finally have permanent cure for dreaded cellulite, or just another hope for the afflicted.