Cellulaze Anti Cellulite Mountain View
Finally, a treatment that works!
Since we started treating patients in April, 2012, only a month after Cellulaze was FDA approved for sale in the US, we now have over three year follow-up on some of our patients, and they are thrilled! We offer you a chance to have your cellulite treated by one of the most experienced plastic surgeons in the Bay Area. We have noticed that results continue to improve even after the first six months as the skin contracts.
Q: What is Cellulaze?
I’ve heard of a cellulite treatment called Cellulaze. What exactly is it, and does it work?
A: What is Cellulaze? The answer to cellulite, finally
Cellulaze is a laser treatment for cellulite based on the Smartlipo Triplex platform of Cynosure corporation. The technology is similar to Smartlipo, in that it uses a laser to melt fat and heat tissue. Since cellulite is a condition right under the skin surface, the technology has been developed to specifically treat the structures just under the skin that cause cellulite. These are: 1) bulging fat that causes the mounds or hills of cellulite. 2) the restrictive bands or septae that pull the skin down. The combination of dimples and bulges is characteristic of the worst condition of cellulite. Some women just have small ripples or ridges of uneven tissue. 3) thin, loose, inelastic skin. Ultrasound shows that the fat actually bulges into thinned out skin.
The unique Cellulaze laser fires “sideways” at 1440 nm, a wavelength very favorable for melting fat and heating skin. The FDA required 3-D pictures to show that the cellulite was reduced before it was approved. In addition, the Cellulaze laser system is safe and does not cause any skin burns even though it is purposely heating the undersurface of the skin.
The safety lies in a computerized heat sensing mechanism in the tip of the laser that instantly measures the heat of the tissue at the tip. The operator sets the machine for the highest desired temperature compatible with heating skin at the operative site and a temperature cut-off that will stop the laser from firing if the temperature is reached.
In use, the laser stops pulsing until the skin cools down, then resumes pulsing. The maximum number of pulses is also set based on clinical studies, and when that amount of energy has been delivered, the machine stops.
The result: smooth skin, decreased or absent dimpling or depressions, no bulges, and skin that thickens up to 25%. Post-operative ultrasound shows that the fat no longer bulges into the dermis. Patient satisfaction in the clinical studies was 93% and results have been stable for at least 2 years so far.
Q: Will Cellulaze Really Work?
I saw a cellulite treatment called Cellulaze on The Doctors last week. It sounds really promising, but so does every other cellulite treatment.
From what I’ve found on this site I know not many doctors have this machine yet, but do you think it could actually work? I’ve had bad cellulite on my thighs since my early 20s and would be willing to spend money on something effective.
A: Will Cellulaze Really Work?
Women have spent so much time and money on so-called cellulite treatments that do not work or give only temporary results that they have every reason to be skeptical. Based on three years of follow-up and clinical studies submitted to the FDA, Cellulaze works. Patients treated in the last three years have shown no relapse according to the clinical investigators.
This procedure is based on a unique laser technology that was not available before Cellulaze. In contrast to external treatments, such as heat, ultrasound, radiofrequency, massage and combinations thereof, Cellulaze treats the structure of cellulite under the skin. The side-firing laser at 1440 nm is highly efficient at melting the fat bulges, cutting the restricting bands that cause the dimples, and thickening and tightening the overlying skin to smooth out the surface and prevent fat from bulging into the thin skin.
The result is a smoother, more even, thicker and elastic skin surface without the restrictive bands and dimples. Results get better between 3 and 6 months as the skin tightens.
I think Cellulaze is well worth trying for women who really want to have an effective treatment for cellulite. It is a single, relatively pain-free, in-office procedure, that should give satisfying results with a single treatment that so far, has shown every indication of durability.
Q: How Much Does a Cellulaze Cellulite Treatment Cost?
A: Cellulaze cost with Dr. Lowen in Mountain View, CA
We are pleased to be offering Cellulaze in our Mountain View office. We have been treating patients since April, 20112, and are gratified by the results. The time required to treat a patient does vary with the degree of cellulite. A treatment area is considered an area about 8 1/2 by 11″, the size of a sheet of paper including both sides for the same cost. The cost is 4,000 for one area. The second area is 2,500, and the third area, 2,500. The range is 4,000 to 9,000. If more than three areas are needed, it will be done in two procedures.
As a highly experienced Smartlipo user, I found the transition to the Cellulaze very easy. Doctors who have never used the Smartlipo platform may find it takes them some time to get the feel for how the procedure is done right under the skin. This is not quite as quick a procedure as some have stated, in my opinion. There is meticulous preparation involved to correctly mark the skin. Marking is key to a good result. Then the patient is prepped, draped and local tumescent anesthetic is gradually introduced to the subdermal layer. This layer is more sensitive to infiltration than the deep fat, so the infiltration has to be done slowly and carefully to minimize patient discomfort. Then some time has to elapse for the anesthetic to take effect.
Then the procedure is done in a three-step process: treatment of the bulging fat areas, laser cutting of the restrictive bands, or septae, and finally treating the underside of the skin to thicken and tighten it. This is done systematically, each 5 x 5 cm square receiving the appropriate amount of energy at each stage.
Patients are most comfortable and relaxed if they are given some oral pre-medication. Similar to Smartlipo, at the end of the procedure, the patient is put into a garment and they are ready to go home.
How Many Cellulaze Treatments Are Needed for Cellulite Reduction?
All of the clinical studies done prior to FDA approval showed significant improvement in cellulite with only one treatment. There is no other cellulite treatment that even works or gives more than temporary improvement. Many of these treatments require 6-8 sessions or more and ongoing treatment to maintain some improvement. This is because no other treatment has been able to treat the main structural causes of cellulite which Cellulaze does: bulging fat into thin, inelastic skin and fibrous bands that pull the skin down and cause dimples and grooves.
The improvement continues for months after the initial treatment as the skin reacts with the formation of new collagen and elastic fibers, and thickens up to 25%.
Patients treated up to three years ago have so far not had recurrence of their cellulite.
Has Cellulaze Been Approved by the FDA?
Cellulaze was approved by the FDA on January 30, 2012, for improvement in the appearance of cellulite. Sales in Europe began in mid-2011, and the USA in February, 2012. As of mid-April, 2012, we have started treating patients for cellulite in our Mountain View office. The Cellulaze technology builds on the technology and techniques of the Smartlipo Triplex platform. Having many years of experience using the Smartlipo technology, I found the transition to Cellulaze to be straightforward.
We regularly see patients from around the Bay Area, and are happy to be able to offer this exciting new technology to patients who want relief from cellulite. Currently we can offer Smartlipo to patients at the same time as Cellulaze for non-adjacent areas.