Looking and feeling our best is a coveted goal we all share. For many women, cellulite is the big, bad enemy!
Eighty two percent of women report having some cellulite. It's that dimpling of skin we loathe (i.e., "cottage cheese" or "orange peel" thighs), especially as beach season nears and bathing suits or shorts become the attire of choice. Most people think that diet and exercise are the fix for cellulite, but the truth is, they don't work.
"There's a misconception about cellulite. Having cellulite doesn't mean you are overweight," says Dr. Anne L. White of Carolina Laser & Cosmetic Center in Winston-Salem. "Slender, even muscular women can have cellulite, and most treatments on the market that say they treat cellulite are topical. Topical treatments can't treat it effectively. We have to go to the root of cellulite's cause, below the surface of the skin, to treat it."
The encouraging news - and a true breakthrough in this area—is the introduction of the Cynosure® Cellulaze™ Laser Cellulite Reduction treatment. Available to only a select group of physicians across the country, Cellulaze has been available at Carolina Laser & Cosmetic Center since May of 2013. Dr. Anne L. White is one of the few cosmetic surgeons in North Carolina, and the most experienced in the Triad, to offer this amazing procedure. "With the introduction of Cellulaze, I can finally give my patients the results they've been looking for, and that they've come to expect from us," says Dr. White.
The first and only FDA-approved, one-time, minimally invasive, long lasting treatment for reducing the appearance of cellulite, Cellulaze offers doctors a brand new way to think about cellulite and, in turn, a new way to approach attacking it. The procedure goes to the root of the problem, which actually lies beneath the skin. As we age, our skin thins and the underlying tissue bands stiffen. As the fat cells surrounding them push up into the thinning skin and the tissue bands pull down, a dimpling appearance of the skin appears - and we all know the unsightly results of that scenario!
The revolutionary Cellulaze procedure uses laser energy to melt the fat and break the vertical bands, promoting collagen production, which has been clinically shown to result in improved skin thickness and increased skin elasticity. The tissue bands regrow in a diagonal direction, the same direction as they develop normally in men (which is why you don't often see men with cellulite), which helps keep the cellulite from returning. It stimulates collagen to tighten the skin from the inside out - which fosters further improvement, even after the treatment is complete. Backed by two years of clinical research, in-depth studies have shown that post-treatment the skin increases its thickness 25% and its elasticity by 29%, significant claims that haven't been made by any other treatments. Thicker and more elastic skin can help flatten and smooth the skin's surface to improve the appearance of cellulite.
The best candidates for Cellulaze are patients who are seeking cellulite correction and do not want major surgery, are not significantly overweight, and who exhibit mild to moderate cellulite in the thigh and buttock areas. Cellulaze is minimally invasive, which means there's no general anesthesia. Because the area is numbed with local anesthesia, there is minimal discomfort during the procedure, though one may feel slight pressure. Following the Cellulaze treatment, patients may experience some soreness, but will be able to return to normal activities in a few days. Some change to the treated skin will be immediately noticeable, with optimal results seen in just three to six months from the treatment date.
For women plagued by unattractive cellulite, it's happy news as spring and summer approach, and for Carolina Laser & Cosmetic Center it's another positive way to guide patients to a new and improved look - sure to build confidence and self-esteem.
If you feel you may be a good candidate for Cellulaze, or would like more information on this innovative new opportunity in skin treatment, contact Carolina Laser & Cosmetic Center at 336-659-2663 or visit their website at www.carolinalaser.com. Their offices are conveniently located near Hanes Mall at 145 Kimel Park Drive, Suite 140, Winston-Salem, NC.