Hot weather means dresses and shorts, but some may be hesitant to reveal skin because of cellulite. Now, there is state-of-the-art technology which can permanently get rid of this annoying occurrence. Cellulaze is a simple, quick procedure which smooths the skin by addressing the underlying cause of cellulite and offers long lasting results.
- 1 What is Cellulite and What Causes It?
- 2 What is Cellulaze?
- 3 How Does Cellulaze Work?
- 4 Cellulaze vs “Cellulite Removing” Skin Creams
- 5 Cellulaze vs Liposuction & Fat Removal Procedures
- 6 Areas on the Body That Can Be Treated
- 7 Ideal Candidates
- 8 Consultation
- 9 Preparation
- 10 Cellulite Removal Process
- 11 What to Expect During Recovery
- 12 Pricing
What is Cellulite and What Causes It?
Cellulite, or adiposis edematosa, is a condition where the skin has a lumpy, dimpled appearance to it due to connective fibers pulling down on the skin. This happens when surrounding fat deposits become enlarged, pushing the skin outward, but the connective fibers do not lengthen along with the skin.
Cellulite can be categorized into 3 grades:
- Grade 1: No clinical symptoms, but anatomical changes can be detected by microscopic examination.
- Grade 2: Symptoms are visible in low temperatures, when skin is pasty in color, and by microscopic examination.
- Grade 3: Skin is visibly rough consistently.
Cellulite can appear due to a number of factors, some of the more common reasons being slow metabolism, lack of physical activity, genetics, hormonal changes, or skin thickness. Further, women produce less estrogen with age which hinders blood flow, and poor circulation leads to a collagen production decrease and connective tissue breakdown. Wearing tight clothing on the thighs and buttocks can also cause this.
Cellulite cannot be gotten rid of by dieting or exercising, although they can help in reducing the appearance. Cellulite has an internal structural cause only cellulite removal procedures can fix such as Cellulaze.
What is Cellulaze?
Everything changed for cellulite treatment when the FDA approved Cellulaze! This solution is the first minimally invasive procedure that addresses cellulite underneath the surface of the skin at its very structure. Fortunately, this translates into real results and a reduction in cellulite. Cellulaze’s cutting edge technology actually address the structural problem that cause cellulite, rendering this treatment permanent. Cellfina can be paired with additional body contouring procedures to enhance your results.
Millard Plastic Surgery was hand-selected as the first center in Colorado, and one of the first centers in the U.S., to offer this treatment. We also serve as an official training facility for other Cellulaze™ surgeons.
How Does Cellulaze Work?
Cellulaze uses a small handheld device beneath the skin’s surface to both liquefy fat and break up the fibrous tissue bands that contribute to cellulite. In order to do so, a few minuscule incisions are made in the skin for the pen-sized cannula to pass through. The Cellulaze laser fiber is then used to level out bumps of fat and treat dimples through releasing fibrous bands that are pulling down on the skin. Collagen is also stimulated during the process and skin thickens to create a smoother look. The liquefied fat is the gently pressed out. Dr. Millard would be more than happy to go into further detail during your one-on-one consultation.
Cellulaze vs “Cellulite Removing” Skin Creams
There are certain creams that claim to get rid of cellulite; this is absolutely not true. There are no topical creams whether prescription or over the counter that have been proven to treat cellulite. Retinal has exhibited temporary relief by thickening the skin, but this is only a mask.
You can use the example of putting frosting on a lumpy cake. It only momentarily covers the issue. And claims of green tea and caffeine providing results have little evidence supporting them. Cellulite can only be gotten rid of by dealing with it from underneath the skin and addressing the actual structural cause which Cellulaze accomplished.
Cellulaze vs Liposuction & Fat Removal Procedures
A major difference between Cellulaze and Liposuction or other fat removal procedures is what they actually accomplish. Cellulaze addresses the structural cause of cellulite which are the connective fibers. Liposuction and similar fat removal procedures only rids fat which will slim the treatment areas, but there can still be dimpling since the fibers are still in place. And often times the dimpling effect worsens after fat removal since there is no skin tightening involved, so the skin has no choice but to fold and dimple.
Another differentiating factor is the time difference; Cellulaze is much quicker than fat removal procedures. This is a very important factor when making a decision as many people do not have time to sit through a lengthy procedure. Further, Cellulaze only requires local anesthesia while Liposuction requires general anesthesia which can potentially cause bad reactions. This also means that Cellulaze requires much less downtime.
Areas on the Body That Can Be Treated
Cellulaze was created to treat cellulite appearing on the:
Good candidates for a Cellulaze treatment are women who are in good health but experience depressions in their hips, thighs, and/or buttocks.
There are only a few contraindications; candidates cannot have varicose veins on the areas being treated, active skin infections, or diabetes. And cellulite is only apparent in women. Men’s fibrous tissue pattern lies flat on the muscle so it does not pull on the skin. In opposition, a women’s fibrous tissue pattern is vertical so they are more prone to cellulite forming since they would pull down on the skin.
A common misconception is thinking that larger women are more likely to have noticeable cellulite. Cellulite can however appear on thin and larger women. Yes, the more fat you have underneath your skin the more stress there will be on the connective tissue. But even the leanest of women can still have stubborn cellulite depressions that do not diminish through diet or exercise.
During your consultation with world renowned plastic surgeon Dr. John Millard, you will have the opportunity to share the concerns you have with the dimpled skin on your hips, buttocks, and/or thighs. He will perform a detailed examination of the problem areas in order to assess if you would benefit from a Cellulaze treatment. You will stand with your muscles relaxed so he can accurately assess the cellulite divots.
If you are deemed a candidate, he will show you before and after picture of prior patients will similar depression-filled areas who have received a Cellulaze treatment. Results vary between patients so this is only meant to give you a general idea of possible result. All questions will gladly be addressed and are encouraged; Dr. Millard is determined to make all of his patients fully aware of all aspects of procedures they undergo. He wants to make sure you are as comfortable as possible throughout the entirety of your process, from initial consultation to the end of your recovery.
There isn’t much in way of preparing for your treatment, but following any instructions given to you will greatly benefit the end results. This typically include steering clear of anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements for 2 weeks before your treatments as these increase bleeding. Dr. Millard may give certain patients antibiotics to complete. Any further individual instructions will be given as seen fit by the doctor during your consultation after he performs his examination.
Cellulite Removal Process
Cellulaze uses local anesthesia which means you will be awake during the procedure. The procedure length depends on the size of the treatment area and amount of cellulite that needs to be eliminated, but typically it takes between 1-1.5 hours. Cellulaze can be planned in conjunction with other body contouring procedures for an all-around amazing results.
Dr. Millard will mark the dimpled cellulite areas with a marker, and then tiny incisions are made in those designated spots. The small pen-shaped cannula is inserted underneath the skin and the laser fiber is fed through. Fat is liquefied, the connective fibers are released, and collagen growth is induced during the process. Once Dr. Millard is done, he will place a bandage on the treated area(s) and you will be free to return home. Typically about 25 cellulite dimples can be treated in one session.
Since the procedure addresses the real factors responsible for the development of the cellulite’s cottage cheese appearance, a single treatment is sufficient to get long-lasting results. Unlike lotions, energy devices, creams, or massages, Cellulaze’s aesthetic results last indefinitely.
What to Expect During Recovery
Dr. Millard will ask you to wear a compression garment for a short period of time after your treatment. However, you will be able to go back to your normal activities after a day or two and resume more strenuous exercise after one to two weeks. You will have some bruising and discomfort, but any aching associated with this procedure is typically only when heavy pressure is applied to the treatment site. Final results could take 6-12 weeks to reveal and any scarring from the incisions will continue to fade for up to 2 years. But you are able to see an immediate difference in the smoothness of your skin immediately after a treatment.
Cellulaze provides women of all sizes and shapes with gorgeously smooth legs and assured lasting results, giving them the confidence to show off their legs.
The price of your Cellulaze treatment will vary depending on the amount of areas you have treated and the the extent of your specific case. Also, price will vary if you opt to receive additional treatments or procedures. To receive an estimate quote, feel free to schedule a consultation and Dr. Millard will gladly discuss all options available for you.