It would suffice to say that it would be rather difficult to find a woman who is happy about the appearance of cellulite. According to recent article terms like cottage cheese make many women cringe when they know it is referring to the appearance of their legs. Cellulite is defined as the dimple like skin texture some people(mostly women) develop on their thighs, hips, or buttocks. The reason it is more common in women than men is because of the way the fat and muscle are distributed within a woman’s skin. Cellulite is created by fat deposits that push against connective tissues that line underneath the outer layer of the skin and is not created exclusively by obesity or by weight gain. Many companies have created everything from creams, to massages, therapies and other topical ways to battle the problem of cellulite. For the most part these have been relatively ineffective for actually chairing the condition. Most will at best improve it for short amount of time and in that case require continual use of the product or method. A New York Times article earlier in the year highlighted the popular procedure known as Cellulaze. The procedure requires local anesthesia and involves making small incisions in the skin that allows a small pen tip laser to be passed underneath to break up the connective tissue that actually creates the dimpling appearance. Cellulaze is FDA approved to treat cellulite, however like any other plastic surgery procedure there are always limitations to any treatment. The article highlighted three women who had the procedure. To reported excellent results with no signs of cellulite coming back; but the third woman reported she is still dealing with complications including bruising and swelling. They all underwent the procedure as part of a study designed to test the safety and efficacy of the device. The plastic surgeon in the article stressed that this will only work on the right candidate and that it is critical patients choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive liposuction experience. New techniques for treating cellulite will always be on the horizon. Dr. Seify cautions patients who are considering plastic surgery treatments for cellulite to carefully ask themselves if the real concern is only the cellulite. If that is the case, then patient should be realistic in terms of how much improvement will make them satisfied. On the other hand, if the cellulite on the legs is a concern as well as the size and shape of the thighs liposuction can be an effective procedure. The thighs will certainly have an improved shape and appearance and the cellulite is likely to be minimized to some degree. Dr. Seify offers nonsurgical procedures that effectively treat cellulite through his in office med spa. Patients who are concerned about cellulite and the shape and size of their thighs are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify and schedule a consultation.
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