Cellulite primarily affects women, with around 80% of over 20s showing this indication.
A common misconception is that cellulite reflects poor diet and lack of exercise, but this is not the case. It is the deeper structures which cause this dimpled effect, which although is not life-threatening, can be a real bugbear for patients.
Cellulite frequently occurs around the upper thighs and buttocks, and are problem areas for many women.
There are many creams and over-the-counter products which claim to reduce cellulite and to dissolve fat cells, but there is little clinical data to back this, and they can often be ineffective in treating the concern.
Cellulaze is a minimally-invasive treatment. A small laser fibre is introduced under the skin, via a tiny incision (about the size of your small fingernail), which heats up to around 40 degrees Celsius. The heat energy dissolves the unwanted fat cells, and also breaks down the septae (fibres) which pull down on the skin, creating the ‘cottage cheese’ effect.
Due to the heat stimulation, collagen production further assists in plumping and firming the skin up, improving the overall result.
Cellulaze also aims to tackle cellulite at the source, smoothing the area and tightening the skin. It is clinically-proven to significantly reduce signs of cellulite, and is a long-lasting solution.
Performed under local and oral sedation, the risk of nausea and drowsiness is eliminated, and patients are able to go home after the procedure.
Patients are required to wear a compression garment 4-6 weeks after the procedure to ensure optimum results, and to reduce the risk of infection.
In rare cases, the patient may encounter some slight leakage from the small incisions made, up to 24 hours after the procedure.
It is essential that patients follow the aftercare information set and follow up with the surgeon post-procedure to review the progress after treatment.