Doctors Disagree Over Latest Cellulite Treatment

Princess 19 on 7 Oct 2011 at 3:00pm

Got cellulite?  Even celebs like Katherine Heigl or J.Lo have to deal with the unsightly dimples.  Apparently, a relatively unknown laser treatment called Cellulaze can zap that spongy problem away in just an hour.

Nashville oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Brian Biesman told RealSelf that Cellulaze can "improve skin thickness by 25%" and "skin elasticity by 29%."

Women have reported that the appearance of cellulite disappeared from anywhere between one to two years, which, for some, may justify the $5000 cost.

It's a lasering procedure, but Dr. Biesman notes that “it is not an external technique.”  The laser has a probe that is placed just beneath the skin - less than a 1/2 inch or about 1 cm. 

"The procedure consists of the three step approach to treat the structures associated with cellulite,” he says.

  1. Treatment of herniated fat or raised fat areas that need contouring 
    [zapping actual fat]
  2. Thermal subscission of septa that pull the skin creating dimples 
    [zapping layers of skin so they separate, making cellulite less obvious]
  3. Subdermal heating of the dermis to disrupt herniated fat in the J-Lo has cellulitedermis and remodel collagen 
    [heating the skin to deter further fat deposits - as well as stimulating collagen to create stronger skin that is not prone to cellulite]

Not everyone believes the hype, however.

“This is a treatment derived to separate patients from their money and is worthless,” says Palo Alto plastic surgeon, Dr. George Commons.  “It may improve cellulite 5% for a week or so, but it's baloney [sic].  This is one of the many high-tech nonsense items like Thermage and Titan, etc. that are bad ideas.”

So, it may not be as effective as some claim?  And before you go calling your doctors, ladies, there's a catch:
"Cellulaze is a laser sold in Europe and awaiting FDA clearance in the U.S.," says NYC dermatologist, Dr. Deborah Sarnoff (wah-wah...).

Would you be willing to buy a plane ticket overseas to possibly zap that cellulite away for two years?  

Photo credit: Flickr By and HollywoodLife