All Puckered Out: What Really Works (and Doesn't) to Get Rid of Cellulite
The Cellulite Treatment Experts Endorse
If you hate your lumps enough to spend big bucks to zap them, Cellulaze, an FDA-approved therapy, looks like a promising solution.
What it is: A laser that is inserted under the skin and shoots heat in three directions. When the laser is rotated, it liquefies fat, cuts the septae that surround fat cells to loosen puckering, and heats the skin to encourage collagen regrowth, says Bruce Katz, MD, the director of the Juva Skin & Laser Center in New York City, who was involved in Cellulaze's FDA-approval process.
What it promises: A 70 to 80 percent improvement that lasts at least a year, according to Dr. Katz, who says that in the more than three years since he began performing the procedure, no one has reported that their cellulite has come back. (People have had touch-ups, however.)
Who it's best for: Active women with mild to moderate cellulite who are not significantly overweight and who have good muscle tone.
The cost: A whopping $5,000 to $7,000 on average, depending on the size of the area being treated.
The recovery time: The outpatient procedure is done under local anesthesia. "Most of our patients go back to work the next day," Dr. Katz says. They wear a Spanx-like surgical garment for a week for the bruising and swelling.
The verdict: "I think it's a very good technology," says dermatologist Dr. Sadick, who has used it. However, he isn't ready to declare the results permanent. And like any invasive procedure, there are risks involved. Plus there is no data on the long-term effects. To find out more or for a referral to a derm who is using Cellulaze, go to Cellulaze.com.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2013.
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