Cellulite is normal fat just beneath the skin that causes irregular undulations and flaccidity (lack of youthful firmness) in the skin because it pushes against connective tissue. Various treatments are available to treat cellulite, but most have only temporary results because they do not target the anatomic structures of cellulite. The newest treatment that appears to have lasting results is the Nd:YAG 1440 nm wavelength laser.
When to Consider Cellulite Treatment
- If your skin has a puckered appearance at areas of fat accumulation that disturbs you.
- If you are not significantly overweight, but have moderate cellulite on your thighs, buttocks and/or hips.
- If you have light-colored skin, on which cellulite tends to be more noticeable.
- If you have tried various creams, massages or injectables and have seen no improvement.
Cellulite is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs, and usually occurs after puberty.
Detailed Procedural Information
How do I prepare for a permanent makeup procedure?
Our surgeon will provide you with pretreatment instructions, answer any questions that you may have, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for treatment.
There are a number of cellulite treatments available.
- VASER Shape
- Venus Freeze
What are my options?
The only treatment currently on the market that has shown to have results lasting one year or more is the Nd:YAG 1440 nm wavelength laser.
What are the brand names for cellulite treatment?
- Cellulaze by Cynosure, Inc.
- VelaShape by Syneron, Inc.
- VASER Shape by Solta Medical, Inc.
- Venus Freeze by Venus Concept
How do I prepare for a cellulite treatment procedure?
Our surgeon will provide thorough pretreatment instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for treatment.
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:
- Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
- Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
- Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.
Aftercare and Recovery
Our surgeon will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After surgery, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about your postsurgical care, including information about:
- Drains, if they have been placed
- Normal symptoms you will experience
- Potential signs of complication.
Results continue to improve in the three to twelve months after a single treatment and appear to last one year or more.