Cellulite Reduction

The dimpled, irregular skin appearance known as "cellulite" can prove frustrating for patients who work hard to achieve a slim, smooth body. At Invivo Aesthetics you can now offer long-term reduction in cellulite through minimally invasive treatments.

Cellulite forms when fibrous bands called septae, which connect the skin to the underlying muscle fascia, tighten irregularly, pulling down on the skin, and/or begin to break down, allowing the normal layer of fat beneath the skin to push upward. This results in the puckering or “cottage cheese” appearance.

Cellulite Treatments That Work

At Invivo Aesthetics,  cellulite treatment is fast, requiring less than an hour to complete, and is easily tolerated by the patient. The process involves marking the dimpled areas of the buttocks and thighs, then administering numbing medication for patient comfort. The dimpled area is pulled upwards with the treatment device so the dimples can be accessed, and then a fine, needle-like device is inserted that releases the connective tissue that creates the dimpled look on thighs and buttocks. As time passes, the appearance of the treated area continues to improve.

There is little to no downtime, although it is advised that a patient takes it easy for about 24 hours. Any pain is easily managed with an over-the-counter product. The side effects are minimal, typically mild soreness and bruising. Patients can expect the results to last for years, with the smooth appearance improving as the months pass

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Frequently asked questions

Cellulite forms when fibrous bands called septae, which connect the skin to the underlying muscle fascia, tighten irregularly, pulling down on the skin, and/or begin to break down, allowing the normal layer of fat beneath the skin to push upward. This results in the puckering or “cottage cheese” appearance.

An estimated 85 to 90% of adult women have cellulite, typically on the abdomen, buttocks and thighs. The aging process can worsen the appearance of cellulite, as skin loses elasticity and is less able to resist irregular tension created by the fibrous bands. While overweight individuals tend to have more pronounced cellulite, it is common even in very lean women, and losing weight rarely gets rid of cellulite altogether.

While it’s actually more common than not for women to have cellulite, the dimpled, irregular appearance is bothersome to many women. If you are unhappy with cellulite on your body, then cellulite reduction can help you feel more confident in your appearance. In general, cellulite treatment will b most effective if:

  • You are bothered by the effect cellulite has on your appearance, and wish to reduce it
  • You are happy with your current body weight and not significantly overweight
  • You are in good overall health
  • You have realistic expectations—cellulite reduction treatments can reduce dimpling, but not totally eliminate it

Laser treatments (Cellulaze®)

Laser cellulite reduction (the FDA cleared treatment is called Cellulaze) uses a tiny laser probe, which is inserted just beneath the skin through a small incision. This laser heats the tissues beneath the skin’s surface, where it works to:

  • releases some of the fibrous septae
  • reduce thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer
  • stimulates collagen production
  • improve skin texture and elasticity

Non-laser energy treatments

Many treatments use energy from radiofrequency (RF), ultrasound, infrared light, or radial pulses to heat skin, stimulate collagen production and reduce cellulite. Depending on the specific treatment, energy-based cellulite reduction may also help achieve mild fat reduction and/or relax the fibrous septae to achieve a smoother, more even skin texture. Current FDA cleared treatments include:

  • VelaShape® (RF and infrared light)
  • Venus Freeze® (RF and pulsed electro-magnetic fields)
  • ThermiSmooth® Body (RF)
  • Zimmer Z Wave (radial pulse therapy)

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