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Cellulaze® FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the cellulite reduction procedure, Cellulaze®





John Q. Cook, M.D.

Chicago 312-751-2112
Winnetka 847-446-7562

Cellulite Reduction FAQs

What makes Cellulaze® different from other treatments for cellulite?

Over the decades there have been many attempted treatments for cellulite ranging from lotions to a variety of machines in a spa setting. All of these have the disadvantage of not working well and being impermanent. As soon as you stop doing the treatment, the cellulite returns. Cellulaze® has been shown in clinical trials to permanently reduce cellulite with a single treatment. It is the first therapy that has FDA approval for the permanent reduction of cellulite.

What are the causes of cellulite?

Cellulite is much more common in women than in men and there is a tendency for cellulite to run in families. The irregularity of cellulite has three main causes. First the fat under the skin is lumpy rather than smooth. Second, bands of connective tissue run from the undersurface of the skin down into the fat and cause dimples. Third the skin itself in areas of cellulite tends to be thin, so it reveals imperfections beneath it.

How does Cellulaze® address the causes of cellulite?

Cellulaze® is a laser device that has a patented side-angle beam. The device is passed under the skin in a manner similar to liposuction. The beam of laser energy is turned down to smooth areas of excess fat, sideways to cut the tethering bands that cause dimpling, and upward to treat the undersurface of the skin and to cause a thickening of the skin over time.

Where does cellulite occur?

The most common zones are the outer thighs, the back of the thigh, the buttocks, and the front of the thighs.

Do diet and exercise help reduce cellulite?

Diet and exercise are always good, and people in optimal shape recover and heal quickly. Unfortunately there is little relation between a person’s weight and the likelihood of her developing cellulite. Many of our patients are extremely athletic, yet have zones of cellulite.

What common conditions are mistaken for cellulite?

People who have lost large amounts of weight or who have had overly aggressive liposuction can develop irregularities that are related to looseness of the skin. These are not true cellulite and they will not respond well to Cellulaze®. They can respond well to various forms of body lifting procedures such as the posterior body lift, the medial thigh lift, and the high lateral tension abodminoplasty, which in addition to tightening the tummy provides a lift to the front of the thighs. Some people have deep dimples in their fat from trauma, or where they have given themselves injections for medical conditions such as diabetes. Cellulaze® will not help these conditions, although other treatment such as fat transfer may be helpful. General areas of fullness in the outer thighs, the inner thighs, and the knees will respond to laser lipoplasty and other forms of liposuction.

Which patients get the best results from Cellulaze®?

Skin tone is an important predictor of the success of the procedure. In general, the better the skin tone, the better the results. The outer thighs and the backs of the thighs are the areas that have the highest percentage of “homerun” results.

Who is likely to be disappointed?

Patients with extremely subtle forms of cellulite and patients with severe cellulite especially with loose skin are likely to be disappointed. Fortunately, the vast majority of patients fall into the middle ground between these extremes, and these patients have a good probability of satisfaction with the procedure.

When do I see results from Cellulaze® therapy?

It is important to realize that it takes time for the results to develop. There are three phases to the recovery after Cellulaze® therapy. In the first few weeks swelling will make everything look smooth if somewhat swollen. As the initial swelling subsides there is a settling in phase that lasts for two to three months. The real action occurs between three and six months after treatment. This is when you will see the difference that the treatment has made. This is different from other cellulite treatments that last for a few days then disappear.

How long do the results last?

The FDA studies show continued improvement at 1 year from treatment. The longest results to date are about three years and seem to be holding up well.

How important is the skill of the surgeon who carries out the procedure?

As with the various forms of liposuction, the skill and artistic judgment of the surgeon are the most important factors that determine the quality of the result. Our patients benefit from the level of skill and experience that Dr. Cook provides as well as his careful attention to detail. These are the same factors that account for the overall success of the practice.