What is Cellulaze?

I've heard of a cellulite treatment called Cellulaze. What exactly is it, and does it work?

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What is Cellulaze?

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The newest procedure for treatment of cellulite is the Cellulaze.  It was just approved this week (1/30/12).  It is a laser treatment that divides the fiber that cause the puckering of the skin, it also stimulates collagen production to increase the thickness of the skin, and it destroys protruding fat cells in the thinned skin of cellulite depressions.

Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 40 reviews


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Cellulaze is a laser sold in Europe and awaiting FDA clearance in the U.S.. manufactured by Cynosure Inc..  It is unique because it has a "side firing" action which helps break up adhesions of the skin (i.e., the cottage cheese look of cellulite) and its 1440 wavelength results in skin tightening and contraction for smooth contouring.

Deborah Sarnoff, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

Cellulaze Treatment

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Cellulaze utilizes a 1440 nm wavelength laser to accomplish 3 things:  1) melt away fat bulging out 2) break up fibrous septae (attachments) that create the indentations and 3) help thicken the dermis (skin) to prevent future recurrence.   The procedure can take between 60-90 minutes and can be completed under local or just IV sedation (depending on the length of your procedure and number of areas being treated). To see your final results takes between 3-6 months. You can visit the cellulaze . com website to learn more about the procedure. Best of luck!
Dr. Basu
Houston, TX

Cellulaze is first and only medical procedure to reduce cellulite

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Offered only at a few select plastic surgery practices nationwide, Cellulaze is the first and only cellulite reduction treatment proven to be permanent. Cellulaze is the only minimally invasive laser procedure designed to reduce cellulite beneath the skin. It delivers long-lasting results after only one short treatment and achieves unbelievable results in all ranges of cellulite severity.

As you probably already know, there are countless treatments that claim to get rid of cellulite, but these other treatments--massage, external energy devises, creams and lotions--can only treat cellulite temporarily and superficially by working at the skin's surface. These treatments require either daily or weekly applications, and results are often unimpressive and inconsistent.
Cellulaze is the first and only cellulite laser treatment that treats the actual problems underneath the skin to deliver proven, long-lasting results.
Aging, hormones, genetics and dramatic weight changes can all play a role in the appearance of cellulite. These factors can cause connective tissue bands under the skin to stiffen and the fat cells they surround to become larger and push up into the skin. That creates the "cottage cheese" effect, which is even easier to see if you have thin skin.
Cellulaze is a minimally invasive, laser-assisted procedure that increases the skin's natural thickness for a smoother, healthier look that lasts. Like liposuction, only one treatment is needed.

Like many of the new non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures that have come available this year, Cellulaze is performed in the office under local anesthesia in about an hour. Following a Cellulaze cellulite laser treatment, patients may experience some aches, much like after a physical workout. Most patients return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment.
Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any more questions. 

What is Cellulaze

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Thank you for the question.

Many people are frustrated that they can’t get rid of cellulite, no matter how hard they try.

Here’s a fact that may surprise you. Cellulite is actually caused by factors outside your control. Many believe it’s a fat problem, which can be addressed through diet and exercise. But fat isn’t the only culprit. Cellulite is a structural problem below the skin. And while you may have tried every treatment possible, you’ve never had a way to treat the very structure of cellulite.

 Cellulaze from Cynosure is the only treatment that attacks the structural problems beneath the skin that cause cellulite. A minimally invasive, laser-assisted procedure performed by a qualified physician, Cellulaze is a new anti-cellulite treatment clinically proven to increase your skin's natural thickness for a smoother, healthier look that lasts. All from just one simple anti-cellulite treatment.


How Cellulaze works:

Aging, hormones, genetics and dramatic weight changes can all play a role in the appearance of cellulite. These factors can cause connective tissue bands under the skin to stiffen and the fat cells they surround to become larger and push up into the skin. And that creates the “cottage cheese” effect you wish you could eliminate, which is even easier to see if you have thin skin.

You can’t control these factors, regardless of how many miles you run or salads you eat. But you can control how you treat cellulite. Many other anti-cellulite treatments focus on cellulite superficially, applying treatment above the skin. Only Cellulaze treats the fibrous bands beneath the skin, while also thickening and adding elasticity to the skin. 


Best of Luck,


Dr. Lester

Frederick Lester, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

What is Cellulaze? The answer to cellulite, finally

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Cellulaze is a laser treatment for cellulite based on the Smartlipo Triplex platform of Cynosure corporation. The technology is similar to Smartlipo, in that it uses a laser to melt fat and heat tissue. Since cellulite is a condition right under the skin surface, the technology has been developed to specifically treat the structures just under the skin that cause cellulite.  These are: 1) bulging fat that causes the mounds or hills of cellulite. 2) the restrictive bands or septae that pull the skin down. The combination of dimples and bulges is characteristic of the worst condition of cellulite. Some women just have small ripples or ridges of uneven tissue. 3) thin, loose, inelastic skin. Ultrasound shows that the fat actually bulges into thinned out skin.

The unique Cellulaze laser fires "sideways" at 1440 nm, a wavelength very favorable for melting fat and heating skin. The FDA required 3-D pictures to show that the cellulite was reduced before  it was approved.  In addition, the Cellulaze laser system is safe and does not cause any skin burns even though it is purposely heating the undersurface of the skin.

The safety lies in a computerized heat sensing mechanism in the tip of the laser that instantly measures the heat of the tissue at the tip. The operator sets the machine for the highest desired temperature compatible with heating skin at the operative site and a temperature cut-off that will stop the laser from firing if the temperature is reached.

In use, the laser stops pulsing until the skin cools down, then resumes pulsing. The maximum number of pulses is also set based on clinical studies, and when that amount of energy has been delivered, the machine stops.  

The result: smooth skin, decreased or absent dimpling or depressions, no bulges, and skin that thickens up to 25%.  Post-operative ultrasound shows that the fat no longer bulges into the dermis.  Patient satisfaction in the clinical studies was 93% and results have been stable for at least 2 years so far.

Robert M. Lowen, MD
Mountain View Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Cellulaze works at the root of the cellulite problem

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Cellulaze treatments attack the root of the cellulite problems:

  1. Dimpling is removed by laser-release of the bands that pull down on the skin
  2. Bulges are decreased by directly smoothing them with laser energy
  3. Skin is firmed up by laser energy application

So far the results have been long lasting. The FDA trial showed improvements that increase over a few months and are stable after one year.

Mario Diana, MD
Plano Plastic Surgeon

What causes cellulite?

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Cellulaze treats the components that cause cellulite:

  1. thinning skin
  2. fat herniating into the deep layer of skin
  3. fibrous bands which create dimpling

Cellulaze is capable of addressing each one of the components which cause cellulite.  It is a 1440 nm bidirectional laser which is introduced beneath the skin to treat each of the components.

It can typically be performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient and the maximal results are visible by about three months.

I have a busy cosmetic plastic surgery practice in Salt Lake City, Utah and am excited to be the first person to offer this solution to the problem of cellulite.

Richard H. Fryer, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 299 reviews


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Cellulaze is Cynosure's latest addition to it's SMART LIPO Platform. Using a 1440 wave length and a trademarked fiber the 3 areas of cellulite pathology can now be corrected. This recently FDA cleared minimal invasive operation can allow for the first time an answer to the correction of cellulite. Only a few plastic/cosmetic surgery practices are offering this operation in the USA. In my practice for small areas of cellulite only local anesthesia can be used. If the surface areas to be treated are larger than local with I.V. sedation will be used. Using the thermal guide allows heating of the tissues without the burn effect  that has been an issues with sub dermal heating. The 3 areas of the cellulite are as follows: 1. The "hills" are thinned dermis with fat bulging, 2. The "valleys" are the septae pulling down the skin. 3. Finally the sub dermal fat pockets. Cellulaze using its' specialized fiber at 45 degree angle that rotates, treats each of these 3 issues. Cellulite is classified as mild, moderate, to severe. And each has a sub heading. Cellulaze improves dramatically mild and moderate types of cellulite. While treating severe cellulite the results are not as impressive. Healing is measured in months not weeks and the long term improvement of over 2 years can not be denied. So finally there is an answer to cellulite and its' name is CELLULAZE Regards Dr. Darryl J. Blinski, MIAMI 


What is Celulaze anyway?

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Celulaze is a new method for the long-lasting treatment of cellulite. It was recently FDA approved and consists of a special fiber and wavelength to treat this problem. It can be performed under local anesthesia or in combination with liposuction. The laser fiber doesn't transmit the laser energy through the tip, but rather from the side. This side firing fiber lets us know the heels of cellulite, divide the bands that make the dimpling, and then return it facing the under surface of the skin to promote skin tightening. We were one of the five test centers performing the study. For the FTA and our patients rated the experience and final results on an average of 8/10. It was very straightforward and can be performed easily under local anesthesia or in combination with liposuction. Good luck! Dr. Joe Hunstad


Joseph Hunstad, MD
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

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