Cellulite is the bane of many women’s lives and even the fittest and thinnest of women can suffer from it. A cure for cellulite is therefore something of a cosmetic surgery holy grail and in the past many treatments have claimed to banish it but failed to deliver on those claims.
Previous remedies, such as caffeinated creams or massage and laser therapy, can make bumpy skin look smooth but the fix does not last because the treatment does little to tackle the underlying structure of cellulite. Liposuction works well on deeper fat levels, but not just under skin where cellulite exists.
However, a new treatment called Cellulaze is being hailed by some plastic surgeons as a real long-term solution. Cellulaze claims that its laser technology attacks all three problems responsible for cellulite: bulging fat, too-thin skin, and the connective tissue that tugs at skin and creates dimples.
The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the treatment for use as they were satisfied that there was improvement for three months following treatment. Three months is a decent length of time but some physicians are promoting Cellulaze as a long-lasting fix, with some even claiming that the results are permanent. Such claims, if true, are powerful marketing tools for cosmetic surgeons and doctors.
The treatment works by passing a laser under her skin in various directions. The laser targets the fat cells and the connective tissues which anchor them, which give the undesirable dimpled effect. The strategy is to use the laser to break down the fat cells and eradicate the tissue that connects them.
The main issue for Cellulaze will be how long the treatment lasts for. There are a lot of products and treatments which can offer a short term improvement but what is needed is a treatment which offers a permanent, or at least, long term solution to a perennial problem.
The jury may still be out on Cellulaze technology but it does seem that there may be some merit in its claims. There is still of lot of research to be done, for example more widespread testing and peer-review but this does appear to be one of the first treatments which attacks causes of cellulite rather than simply the signs and symptoms.