If you’ve tried to get rid of your dimpled, lumpy cellulite, you know that diet and exercise simply don’t work. That’s because cellulite develops from changes in your skin and the connective tissues below the surface. Susan Schneider, MD, at The Methodist Physician Group Specialists has an excellent solution: safe and effective cellulite reduction with Cellulaze™, a minimally invasive laser treatment. To eliminate cellulite, schedule an appointment online or call the practice in Merrillville, Indiana.
Underneath your skin, you have a natural layer of fat that cushions the skin. Below the fat lies a supporting layer of strong connective tissue. Fibrous bands run from the connective tissue up through the fat and attach to the skin.
Three changes occur in these structures that cause cellulite:
If you have enlarged pockets of fat, the extra fat fills the space and pushes against your skin, while the fibrous bands pull your skin down over the fat. This creates the puckered appearance of cellulite.
Your skin naturally thins out as you get older, which contributes to cellulite and makes existing cellulite look more pronounced.
The fibrous bands, which are normally a little elastic, become tight and inflexible. As a result, they pull your skin down over the fat and cause cellulite.
Dr. Schneider begins your Cellulaze procedure by marking the areas of cellulite to be treated. After making a very small incision, she inserts the Cellulaze device, which is a very narrow tube that contains a unique laser fiber called SideLaze™.
Three things happen as Dr. Schneider moves the cannula through the targeted area of cellulite. First, the laser melts the fat. Then, she uses the laser to cut through the fibrous bands connected to the skin, so they no longer pull on your skin. And finally, she uses the laser to stimulate collagen production, which strengthens and thickens your skin.
Dr. Schneider uses a local anesthetic, which keeps you comfortable. You may feel slight pressure from the cannula, but the procedure should be easy to tolerate.
Your procedure takes 1-2 hours, depending on the size and number of areas being treated. You may have some bruising afterward, and Dr. Schneider may ask you to wear a compression garment for a while, but you can get back to your normal activities in a day or two.
Most patients need only one Cellulaze treatment to achieve their desired results. The appearance of the treated area continues to improve over several months, and your results may last one year or longer if you maintain a healthy diet and follow a regular exercise regimen.*
If you’re ready to eliminate cellulite, call The Methodist Physician Group Specialists or book an appointment online.
*Individual results may vary.