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How are cellulite treatments performed?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

At this present date of December, 2012, the only FDA approved treatment for cellulite removal is the Cellulaze laser by Cynosure. This powerful laser is a 1440 nm nd YAG laser that works in three ways. First, the small hills or mountains of fat are lasered, followed by turning the laser 90 degrees to subcise the fibrous septae that caused by dimpling. Lastly, the laser is turned upward and at least 50% of the joules of energy and heat are diverted under the skin. This creates increased collagen, elastin, and tightens and thickens the dermis. So far, the results of Cellulaze have been found to improve over the first 3-6 months. We perform these surgeries under general anesthesia for larger areas that include: the lateral thighs, buttocks, and infragluteal folds. 

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