Most women are familiar with dreaded cellulite—the dimpled bane of swimsuit season and the golden child of the billion-dollar beauty industry. Almost anyone who has discovered this lumpy fat on her thighs or buttocks has tried the myriad of remedies including creams, lotions, massage and body wraps.

Many have also suffered the so-called “cellulite diets” and exercise regimens only to achieve unsatisfactory results. While many topical spa treatments may provide temporary cosmetic improvement, no topical cellulite treatment on the market has been able to get rid of this common problem permanently. Fortunately, the recent Cellulaze FDA approval may bring an end to the continuum of disappointing cosmeceuticals.

Cellulaze vs Traditional Cellulite Treatments & Products

While cellulite is composed of fat, the actual cause of this dimpled menace is a structural issue with connective tissues beneath the skin. Women are more prone to the problem than men due to the genetic differences in connective tissue integrity, and some women have more prominent cellulite than others regardless of their weight or body fat composition. Diet and exercise can help with one’s appearance and health, but even extremely fit or trim women can have cellulite. This is because the dimpled appearance is caused by fat pushing between tight bands of connective tissue under the epidermis. To treat cellulite effectively, the underlying tissues must be treated, and no lotion or cream can do this. Even the most highly lauded topical products yield only a temporary smoothing effect that will disappear once the individual stops using the product. Cellulaze is a clinical procedure using laser technology to diminish fat pockets and relax the fibrous bands that cause cellulite’s characteristic dimpled appearance. Laser treatment beneath the skin will increase dermal thickness as well, which allows a smoother appearance on the skin’s surface. The procedure addresses all three of the major factors that contribute to the unsightly appearance of cellulite, and it is only performed once in a doctor’s office.

What to expect during and after a Cellulaze treatment

This two-hour procedure is slightly invasive and requires local anesthesia; therefore, one should expect certain side effects such as inflammation and bruising at the incision site. The surgeon will insert a tiny tube no bigger than a pen under the patient’s skin. This delivers the laser energy that reduces fat pockets, releases connective tissue tension, and thickens the skin. There may be some mild discomfort after the procedure, which is comparable to post-workout soreness. One should see immediate improvement in the appearance of her cellulite, but the most dramatic results will become visible over the course of three months to a year. Women who maintain a healthy body weight and have mild or moderate cellulite will have the best results from Cellulaze, but Cellulaze before and after photos reflect final results for patients with different levels of cellulite severity.

Cellulite is not a surface issue that can be treated effectively or permanently via superficial administrations like seaweed wraps or special creams. Reducing body fat is not likely to help cellulite appearance since it is not caused by excessive fat. Women who are tired of wasting time and money on ineffective products and procedures should be encouraged by the Cellulaze FDA approval because the lasting results they desire may finally be realized in this revolutionary laser treatment.