Cellulaze (by Cynosure the company that created SmartLipo) is a very new procedure which was approved by the FDA for Cellulite Treatment in January of 2012. Its marketed as one of the top option in terms of cellulite removal! But is it really a safe and effective method for everyone?
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How Does Cellulaze Work?
Cellulaze is performed through only minimal incisions; a microcannula utilizing laser is used to disrupt the fat cells while locally injected anesthetic fluid is used to make the procedure painless and to help with the process itself. The laser (at 1440nm, which is the same laser beam utilized in Smart Lipo – more info here) heats up so as to liquefy the fat areas (more details) and then cuts through the fiber groups which draw the skin layer and contribute to the formation of hollows and cavities. Afterwards, the laser heats up the skin to induce new collagen development, ultimately delivering advanced firmness and elasticity.
NOTICE: We need to notice that there is no aspiration (suction) of fat which is what happens in liposuction processes but while the rest of the procedure is similar to liposuction (incisions, insertion of microcannula, laser liquefication of fat) we included Cellulaze to the liposuction procedures!
The advantages of this method are multiple. First of all, Cellulaze targets at the root of the problem, providing substantial improvement in skin elasticity and significant growth in skin thickness. Therefore, Cellulaze is considered superior to other treatments such as pills or creams. Moreover, only local anesthesia is needed while, after just one treatment, the results are evident, to become steadily more evident during a time period of 3 to 12 months and, eventually, permanent.
Owing to its minimally invasive procedure, Cellulaze brings about negligible side effects. After the treatment, the swelling, the bruising or the soreness are minor or totally absent and most of the customers can get back to their normal life activities within days, though some may have to wear compression garments for a while. However, if you choose to have a Cellulaze procedure, make sure you go to a qualified plastic surgeon at a licensed plastic surgery center so as to completely ensure your safety.
Areas To Be Treated
The Cellulaze method is specifically designed to remove fat from the thighs and buttocks, namely the bulges of fat and the connective tissues, which together are responsible for creating the appearance of cellulite.
The procedure generally costs around $2,500-$5,000 and may run as high as $7,000. At Realself.com, a Cellulaze treatment is shown to cost around $5,525.
Since the procedure has only been approved for about a year, there is not yet a huge amount of data about how long the procedure lasts, although it is touted as “permanent” solution to cellulite. But, despite the FDA approval being only a recent development, the procedure itself has been around for a while and some patients have results that are several years old now. Having said that, Cellulaze hasn’t received very positive reviews; the satisfaction rate on RealSelf.com is currently at 55% with around 80 reviews during the last 24 months. Reading these reviews can help you get a feel for the experience by reading stories about women who have had it firsthand. Also, most patients report that the procedure itself was painless and easy, and that the recovery time was very short. For a list of testimonials we received on Cellulaze click here.
Before and After Photos
All in all, Cellulaze is considered as a minimal invasive surgical procedure that truly stands out from other similar methods and treats the appearance of cellulite very effectively. Also, researchers believe that the effects will last indefinitely while, once treatments are two years old and the cellulite has not returned, they state that patients can feel confident that it is not likely to come back ever again. Of course, not everyone is an ideal candidate for Cellulaze, as the procedure works best on those patients who have minimal to moderate problems. Those with severe cellulite and lots of loose, bulging skin may not receive great results from the procedure or even end up with permanent and disfiguring indentations in the skin; seromas can also appear if a doctor attempts to do too much on an area, which is a type of wound caused by a blood plasma leak. So, before you decide to get Cellulaze, consider whether or not you are an ideal candidate for the procedure and discuss your goals and expectations with an experienced doctor.
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PS: Before Opting for an aesthetic procedure please read our article on the Ethics of Aesthetics to help yourself decide responsibly!