Cellulaze™ Grand Rapids
What is Cellulaze™?
The Cellulaze™ technology, which is an FDA approved laser treatment, reduces cellulite through tissue tightening and by promoting your body’s own creation of collagen. Cellulaze™, developed by Cynosure, provides a long-term solution for the reduction of cellulite. Many other anti-cellulite treatments focus on cellulite superficially, applying treatment above the skin. Only Cellulaze™ treats the fibrous bands beneath the skin, while also thickening and adding elasticity to the skin. The Cellulaze™ treatment targets cellulite on your body and can reduce its appearance for one year or even longer.
Who is a good candidate for Cellulaze™?
- Women who are close to their ideal body weight, and in relatively good shape, but still are bothered by cellulite on their thighs, hips, flanks or abdomen
- Those who have realistic expectations of what Cellulaze™ can and cannot accomplish
- Those who are non-smokers
What can I expect during a Cellulaze™ treatment?
Cellulaze™ is an outpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. Dr. Ringler will make one or more very small incisions (the size of pen tip) near the treatment site. A small tube called a canula will then be inserted through this incision. When the canula is inserted, Dr. Ringler will apply controlled laser energy to the treatment site. Thermal energy will then break up and stimulate skin cells and the hardened fat deposits, allowing the overlying skin to smooth out. Skin elasticity will also be increased. Most patients do not feel any pain during the procedure but may feel slight pressure. The procedure takes between 1-2 hours to perform. It may be performed as a stand alone procedure or in conjunction with liposuction or a tummy-tuck.
What about recovery and results?
It is normal to experience some minor bruising, swelling and/or discomfort following your Cellulaze™ treatment. Dr. Ringler may prescribe medication to manage discomfort and a compression garment for swelling. You will need to limit your normal activities for a day or two, but you should be able to walk shortly after treatment and resume work the following day depending on the nature of your job.
The cellulite skin tightening effects are typically realized by three months following surgery. They continue to improve for the six months following surgery as your body builds new collagen. Results appear to be maintained for at least 2 1/2 years following the treatment. Patients are very excited about Cellulaze™ as it offers a much longer, one -time treatment for cellulite and addresses the underlying structure of cellulite as opposed to treating cellulite superficially as has been the case in the past.
Thus far, 93% of patients have been satisfied or very satisfied one year post Cellulaze™ treatment and all would recommend Cellulaze™ to a friend. Clinically, skin elasticity and skin thickness were both improved after one Cellulaze™ treatment.