Posh Plastic Surgery was the first medical practice in Jacksonville, FL to offer the Cellulaze anti-cellulite treatment. It is the first FDA approved cellulite treatment and has long lasting results backed by clinical research. Dr. Sofia Kirk has been performing Cellulaze on patients successfully since 2012, and the response has been positive!
Cellulite is a common condition that most women will experience as they get older. There are many factors that influence cellulite, including age, hormonal and genetic factors and your general skin type. Cellulite is the name given to the dimpled appearance of the skin on areas susceptible to weight gain such as the hips, thighs, buttocks and occasionally the lower abdomen. In the majority of cases it occurs only in women due to differences in the skin structure of men and women. The term ‘cellulite’ implies that it is a disease and it was originally thought to be so, but that myth has now been dispelled and in some medical literature it is referred to as ‘so-called Cellulite’ in acknowledgement of this.
Cellulite is the natural result of an increase in volume of the subcutaneous fat cells beneath the dermal layer of skin. There are connective strands running from the dermal skin layer through the subcutaneous fat layer to the tissue below. As the fat cells increase in volume the pockets between the connective strands the dermal and epidermal layers of skin are pushed upwards in the areas between the connective strands but cannot raise up where they are anchored by the connective strands. This is what gives the dimpled ‘orange peel’ effect. Men have more of a criss-cross pattern to the fibrous connective tissue which greatly inhibits the dimpling effect whereas women have a parallel vertical pattern of connective tissue which allows pockets of fat cells to become trapped thereby enhancing the dimple effect.
Treatments of cellulite thus far have not been particularly successful. The use of liposuction to reduce the volume of the subcutaneous fat has not had good results. Creams and topical applications containing Aminophylline or herbal preparations, although good in theory, cannot penetrate through the dermal and epidermal layers of skin well enough to provide the necessary level of active ingredient to the fat cells. Massage and certain treatments with rollers and and electrical units have shown some reduction in girth when used but have not been shown to reduce the dimpled effect significantly and any improvement in appearance seems to disappear once the treatment is stopped.
Cellulaze is a brand new treatment from Cynosure that addresses the very cause of Cellulite. This new laser treatment works in two ways. It severs the fibrous connective strands that anchor the skin causing the dimple itself thereby allowing the skin to level out over the fat layer and it liquefies the surrounding fat cells softening the shape and form of the cellulite. The 1440nm wavelength laser also tightens and thickens the underlying dermis by heating it thereby making it more resistant to dimpling and giving a smoother, firmer texture overall. The connective tissue then grows back in a more dense, criss-cross pattern resembling the structure found in men’s subcutaneous fat layer which is more resilient to the formation of pockets of cells.
Undergoing the Cellulaze procedure is similar to having liposuction in that a long, thin metal cannula is inserted through a tiny incision in the skin and moved back and forth through the subcutaneous fat layer across the area that requires treatment. At the end of the procedure the treated area will be gently massaged with a roller to squeeze out as much of the liquefied fat as possible although a small amount of leakage can be expected over the next few days. Wearing a compression garment for the following 6 weeks aids drainage and can improve the final results.
A Cellulaze treatment takes anywhere from one to two hours depending on the area to be treated and the whole process can be done in office under local anesthetic and sedation. Downtime is minimal, some soreness and discomfort can be expected for the first few days and pain medication may be necessary for some patients but you can expect to be back to work in a few days. For patients who spend all day on their feet it may take a few more days until you will be comfortable enough to return to work. Your doctor will give you all the information needed as part of your pre-operative information package and if you have any questions then ask your plastic surgeon during your initial consultation. The results of your procedure will improve over the following months and it may take up to one year for the full results to show.
There is a good amount of clinical evidence that Cellulaze works and the process has been studied in depth to ensure it’s safety and effectiveness. Skin quality is greatly improved with an average increase in thickness of 25% and skin elasticity was improved by 29%. These results were evident a year after treatment. Post operative surveys show that 93% of people who underwent the procedure were satisfied with their results and many would recommend Cellulaze to a friend.
The cost of Cellulaze varies depending upon how many areas you have treated. You will need to have a Cellulaze consultation here at Posh Plastic Surgery with Dr. Sofia Kirk who will assess how much treatment is needed. Feel free to ask her any questions you have during your consultation and please take time to look through our collection of Cellulaze before and after pictures to get a realistic idea of what results you can expect.