How Can I Treat Cellulite?
Do you have cottage cheese thighs? Fit or overweight, young or old, cellulite is often an inescapable part of being a woman. Research estimates that up to 90% of women have cellulite. Cellulite might come with the territory of womanhood, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep it. Come see Dr. Sato and discuss your options for reducing cellulite.
Why Do I Have Cellulite?
Cellulite is nothing more than fat beneath your skin. The fat presses up against connective tissues, creating that puckered, dimpled look. Cellulite is very common in women and is thought to be inherited. If your mom has the condition, you likely will too.
Cellulite is much more common in women than in men (although men can get it too). This is largely due to hormones. Estrogen means that women naturally have more fat than men. Women also tend to store their fat in the thigh area (whereas men typically store fat in the abdomen) making cellulite more noticeable. Cellulite can occur in both thin and overweight women, although it tends to be more visible in larger women.
What Are My Treatment Options?
When it comes to cellulite, Cellulaze is one of your best bets for drastically reducing the problem. This procedure is a minimally invasive, laser-assisted treatment that can provide dramatic results in reducing the appearance of cellulite with just one treatment. Some improvement can be seen almost immediately with continued improvement over 3+ months.
The treatment is performed under local anesthesia and IV sedation. Small incisions are made (about the size of a pen tip) through which a laser fiber is inserted. This fiber is used to level out cellulite bumps. The laser fiber releases the bands of connective tissue that pull the skin down. It also stimulates collagen production, which can increase the depth and elasticity of your skin (further improving the look of your thighs). Any fat liquefied by the laser is gently pressed out.
Cellulaze treatment takes about 1-1.5 hours. Most patients take it easy for 24-48 hours and resume regular activities shortly after that. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous exercise for a couple of weeks.
The Importance of Diet and Exercise
Cellulite is very hard to treat using diet and exercise alone, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t merit in hitting the gym and working out. Since cellulite is composed of fat, reducing the amount of fat you have can reduce your cellulite. Dr. Sato has found that she achieves the best Cellulaze results on healthy patients that are already at their ideal weight. This isn’t a weight loss procedure, rather a cellulite reduction treatment.
Say goodbye to your cottage cheese thighs and try Cellulaze today!