Cellulite, a condition that is present in more than 85% of women and for which all possible treatments have been tried, has been a difficult problem to fix because all the treatments and interventions carried out so far have only aimed at reducing the mass of fatty tissue from the affected area.
Celluzaze is the name of the cellulite removal procedure which was created by Cynosure, Inc. company. This was approved by the FDA in the year of 2010.
Through this minimally invasive procedure, any bulging pockets of fat that cause the forming of cellulite are targeted, with the help of a laser.
How Much Does Cellulaze Cost?
The price of the Cellulaze treatment procedure will be influenced by some factors such as the doctors you choose, the size of the area which needs to be treated, your geographical location, and the type of anesthesia that is used, whether it is general or local. Taking these factors into consideration, the price of the procedure would be anywhere between $2,600 and $7,900. Because this is considered to be an elective and cosmetic procedure, the costs will not be covered by the health insurance plans, which means that you will have to support all of the expenses from your pocket.
To get an idea about how much you should budget for this procedure, you should know that the treatment for an area the size of a piece of paper would cost around $2,600, while for a full treatment option that includes the thighs or buttocks, you will have to pay anywhere between $5,200 and $7,600, or even more.
For example, the plastic surgeon Robert M. Lowen from Mountain View, California charges anywhere between $4,200 and $9,300 for the Cellulaze treatment procedure, depending on the degree of the cellulite and the time needed for treatment. For example, a treatment area that is the size of a piece of paper may cost around $4,200, while for the secondary areas you will have to pay almost $2,600.
How does the Cellulaze procedure work?
The Cellulaze intervention consists in inserting an extremely thin cannula (2mm) under the skin through a small incision (approx. 2 mm), through which an optical fiber will pass, guiding the laser beam, whose wavelength is very well selected so as to section the fibrous strips and release the skin from the tension produced by them. At the same time, the agglomerations of fat cells are destroyed. Once destroyed, they will not recover.
After the destruction of the fibrous bands and the removal of the excess adipose tissue, the firmness of the skin is also increased by the formation of new collagen. This is very important for cellulite-affected skin. Increasing skin firmness and leveling irregularities is done with a special laser, which distorts the aging collagen and stimulates the formation of new collagen and the contraction of the elastic fiber in the skin.
The procedure is minimally invasive, and the patient can go home immediately after surgery. It does not require hospitalization, general anesthesia (but only local anesthesia), and return to the social environment can be done the next day. Though, if the area affected by cellulite is large, even general anesthesia may be needed. The results are immediately noticeable but will intensify within 3-8 weeks.
Cellulaze side effects
Cellulaze procedure has minimum side effects, but as with any medical procedure, this may still have some side effects such as the soreness, swelling, and/or bruising of the affected area. As anesthesia will be used the risk of infection may appear. Though these side effects are present only for a few days after the procedure and you will be able to get back to your normal activities after that.
- Pregnancy and menstruation
- Acute infections, asthma, venous thrombosis, cancer
- Severe heart disease
- Electronic and metal medical implants
- Inflammation of the skin, edema, wounds
- Immune system diseases
Important things to consider
It seems that women are more prone to cellulite and fat accumulation, especially around the hips, thighs, and abdomen. The number of adipocytes present in women is higher than in men, which explains why cellulite is more common in women than in men.
Cellulite, once detected, is good to be treated. The first thing you should do is go to a dermatologist who will determine the stage of cellulite and propose the appropriate treatment. Like any condition, if you intervene in the early stages, the chances of treatment are much higher and the time is shorter.
The Cellulaze procedure is performed progressively, experts say, without causing trauma and without leaving scars on the body.
The results last up to six years, but treatment can be repeated if cellulite recurs.