Despite the cold temperatures of January, Spring will be here before we know it as we brace ourselves for summer and bare more skin. Cellulite is an extremely common condition that affects women of all shapes and sizes. It develops when fat cells protrude through the thin fibrous connective tissue that exists between the skin and the underlying muscle. With age, sun damage, and weight fluctuations, dimples and depressions in the skin will reveal more surface irregularities no matter how thin a person is. In order to correct cellulite, the fat must be reduced and the fibrous tissue that creates the dimpling in the skin must be loosened to enable the skin to appear flat and smooth. The skin must then be tightened.
The VASERsmooth procedure accomplishes all of these things with one device. Other treatments currently on the market such as Endermologie, Accent RF (a radio frequency device to tighten the skin), Elixis, Thermage as well as Coolsculpt to reduce the fat, only attack a single aspect of cellulite. VASERsmooth is designed to melt superficial fat, break the dimpling fibers, and tighten the skin. It is a one-time treatment performed under local anesthesia in the office. Patients can return to work the next day and results can be seen in as little as 2 weeks. Its main competition is the slightly older Cellulaze laser which is a revision of the Smartlipo device. Unfortunately, we have found the Cellulaze laser to lack in potency, safety, and efficacy compared to the ultrasonic energy in VASERSmooth. This is the hot new technology that is for the first time delivering significant and consistent results in the battle against cellulite. Go to www.pfrankmd.com to find out more about this exciting treatment.