Cellulite Treatment Options

In our industry, we hear over and over from women how much they hate cellulite.

Across the board, whether someone is in their 20s or their 70s, slim or overweight, cellulite doesn’t discriminate.

What’s worse, even though men aren’t immune to its dimpled appearance, because of the amount of fat natural to a woman’s body composition, we carry the brunt of it, with at least eight out of 10 women reporting some amount of cellulite.

If it’s so common, why do we spend so much time feeling self-conscious about it?

The fact is, anything that makes us think our bodies are less attractive, we are going to worry about it. While cellulite is not a serious medical condition, we do understand that it can be an emotional barrier for some women. Fortunately, there are a few things we can do to lessen its appearance.

Maintaining a healthy weight—along with regular exercise—is, of course, the single best course of treatment for cellulite.  Strong muscles and fewer fatty deposits beneath the skin’s surface will smooth its outer layer and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Topical skin creams containing 0.3% retinol have also been shown to reduce dimpling by increasing the skin’s elasticity and repairing damaged connective tissue that causes cellulite and the appearance of cellulite. Applied twice daily, patients generally see results over the course of several weeks.

Liposuction—the process of using a narrow tube to suction the fatty cells from beneath the skin—can be used to remove unwanted fat. The Centre, P.C. offers three liposuction methods: Ultrasonic Liposuction, Vaser© Liposelection, and SmartLipo™.

However, one of the more promising treatments of cellulite involves the use of lasers. Cellulaze™ is a treatment that attacks the structural problems beneath the skin that cause cellulite.

A minimally invasive, laser-assisted procedure performed by one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, Cellulaze is a new, FDA approved, anti-cellulite treatment that increases the skin’s natural thickness for a smoother, healthier look that lasts.

In the Cellulaze™ procedure, which is performed under a local anesthetic, the physician inserts a small tube under the skin. Laser thermal energy is directed to the treatment zones, diminishing the lumpy pockets of fat, releasing the areas of skin depression and increasing the elasticity and thickness of the skin. Patients require just one treatment.

“Although liposuction has some small effect on cellulite, its real utility is body contouring,” says Ronald K. Downs, M.D., F.A.C.S., Founder of The Centre, P.C.

“Cellulaze is the first treatment specifically designed to treat cellulite using laser technology.  Not only does it smooth out the superficial fat pockets under the skin, it breaks up the fibrous attachments that cause the dimples and improves skin tone by restoring collagen.”

If you are interested in learning more about any of our options for treating cellulite, please give us a call at 574-968-9100 or call toll free at 800-909-2992.

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Dr. Downs
Dr. Downs

Ronald K. Downs, M.D., F.A.C.S. founded The Centre, P.C. in Elkhart, Indiana in 1992. He is an active member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Downs is also a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Medical Association, The Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society, The Rush Surgical Society, and The Indiana State Medical Association where he serves on the board of directors and has served as the president from 2003 to 2004.

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Dr. Viscardi
Dr. Viscardi

Patrick J. Viscardi, M.D. has been part of the surgical team at The Centre, P.C. since 1998. Dr. Viscardi graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a summa cum laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Viscardi completed his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Louisville, where he served as chief resident from 1994 to 1995.

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