Cellulite got you down? There might finally be a solution

December 17, 2012

Cellulite got you down? There might finally be a solution
Cellulite got you down? There might finally be a solution

Does the term "cottage cheese" make you cringe? If you're worried about the appearance of cellulite on your body, then the answer is probably "yes." Cellulite refers to the dimple-like skin texture that some people develop on their thighs, hips or buttocks. It's more common in women than in men, in part because of the way that fat and muscle are distributed in women's skin. Cellulite is caused by fat deposits that push against the connective tissues underneath the outer layer of skin and is not caused exclusively by obesity or weight gain.

So what can be done about this pesky and unsightly problem? Many companies have toted creams, massages, therapies and other topical ways of dealing with cellulite. All of them have been relatively ineffective for curing the condition; most might improve it for a short time but require continual maintenance.

A New York Times article earlier this year highlighted a new and increasingly popular procedure that deals specifically with cellulite, known as Cellulaze. The treatment is aimed at people who have tried diet, exercise or other methods to treat cellulite to no avail. The procedure requires local anesthesia and involves making small incisions in your skin so a small pen tip laser can be passed underneath to break up the connective tissue that creates the dimpling effect.

While Cellulaze is approved by the Federal Drug and Food Administration to treat cellulite, like any other plastic surgery procedure, there are limitations to the treatment. The article featured three women who had the procedure – two had excellent results with no more signs of cellulite coming back, but the third woman is still dealing with complications like bruising and swelling. They all underwent the procedure as part of a study to test the safety and efficacy of the device.

The plastic surgeon running the study told the NY Times, “Do too much, you’ll get a seroma (fluid build-up).” The woman with complications had a large amount of cellulite and loose skin; not the ideal candidate. He stresses the importance of going to a board-certified plastic surgeon with liposuction experience or someone with “a tactical sensing of what’s happening and whether you need to do more.”

As with any new technology, it’s best to do your research and get advice from experienced physicians before making any decisions.

The mission of the Aesthetic Society includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Aesthetic Society, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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