Cellulite Treatment in NYC
Present in more than 85% of adult women, cellulite is caused by a herniation of fat within the network of fibrous connective tissue beneath the skin’s surface. This results in tissue irregularity and uneven texture, which can cause skin to appear dimpled and lumpy like an orange peel or cottage cheese. While cellulite does affect some men, it is far more common in women, due in part to hormonal factors and the higher incidence of fatty deposits in locations more prone to cellulite formation, such as the thighs, hips, abdomen, and buttocks. Cellulite often becomes more prevalent with aging and weight gain, however, this condition affects people of all ages, regardless of body-type or fitness level. In fact, since cellulite is not a condition caused by excess fat alone, but rather by structural problems beneath the skin’s surface, even the healthiest diet and the most rigorous workout regimen cannot eliminate cellulite completely. Fortunately, there are a number of sophisticated cellulite treatment options available today that provide outstanding results.
How can cellulite be treated?
Historically, cellulite has been a difficult problem to treat. However, there have been some exciting breakthroughs recently that show great promise. While the numerous anti-cellulite topical products on the market produce little to no improvement, patients have had more success with a variety of advanced treatment options that can safely and effectively reduce cellulite. For example, in our practice, we have had great success using a combination of modalities to treat cellulite, including subcision, liposuction, and fat grafting. Additionally, we’re pleased to offer Cellulaze™, the world’s first and only minimally invasive medical device that is FDA-cleared to treat cellulite. The Drs. Levine remain at the forefront of cellulite technology and will meet with you to discuss which cellulite treatment options are best suited to your specific needs.
How do subcision, liposuction, and fat grafting treat cellulite?
Cellulite is a structural problem beneath the skin’s surface caused by a combination of inflexible connective tissue, enlarged fat pockets, and thinning skin. By addressing all of these issues, Dr. Levine can help reduce the appearance of cellulite in targeted areas. During subcision, a tiny needle is used to help release the fibrous tissue that causes dimpling. Then, an artful combination of selective liposuction and well-placed fat injections can help smooth out irregularities and improve skin texture.
How does Cellulaze™ treat cellulite?
Cellulaze™ is a minimally invasive laser procedure that can restore the normal structure of the skin by releasing fibrous bands below the surface and can improve the thickness and elasticity of the skin. Cellulaze™ takes a multi-dimensional approach, using patented SideLight™ 3D technology to target the causes of cellulite beneath the skin. First, the laser heats and disrupts the pockets of herniated fat under the skin. Next, the laser releases the fibrous bands that pull down on the skin and create a dimpling effect. Finally, the laser energy stimulates collagen production, which can increase skin thickness and elasticity in the months following the treatment. By addressing all three causes of cellulite, Cellulaze™ treatment can reduce cellulite, while creating smoother and healthier looking skin.
What should I expect during Cellulaze™ treatment?
Cellulaze™ treatment is performed on an outpatient basis in our offices. During treatment, the laser will be introduced through a few tiny incisions. A local anesthetic is used to ensure patient comfort. You may have very mild bruising and swelling for a week after your procedure, and a compression garment may be recommended during this time. You can resume your normal activities within a day or two after treatment.
What kind of results should I expect from Cellulaze™ treatment?
You’ll see results after just one treatment, with improvements continuing up to a year. You should maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen in order to maximize results.