How Does Cellulaze Work?

Hello, How scientifically does this procedure work? Are there videos out there explaining it?

Doctor Answers 11

Cellulaze has a nice video on the website.

Cellulaze has a nice video on the website that explains how the procedure works.  A 1440nm laser fiber is use in the Cellulaze Laser to melt fat bulges, release fibrous strand and tighten the skin.  There is a very precise protocol that has been developed by Cynosure researchers to help perform this procedure in a safe and effective way.  It is important that the physician who does the procedure as a good understanding of the Cellulaze Laser and also the artistic skill to apply the technology to achieve outstanding results.

Salt Lake City Dermatologic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 18 reviews


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

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 210 reviews

How Cellulaze Works

Cellulaze works by addressing the underlying cause of cellulite.  For many women the vertical connective tissue strands that go beneath the skin and underlying muscle become shortened and tight, allowing fat to accumulate between these fibers and push against the skin. You might want to think of a pillow-top mattress to imagine how this looks. If you have thin skin these pockets of fat become even more noticeable.  The way that Cellulaze works, is that by using a uniquely  designed, very small (2mm) side-firing laser, we are able to break up the fibrous bands, and melt the fat between the bands. This is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia in about 1-2 hours.  Over time, your skin becomes thicker with improved elasticity. The surface of the skin will be smoother with a healthier look. There are videos explaining how it works which are attached.  I hope this helps. 

Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

Cellulaze uses a laser to cut the fibers that cause cellulite

Cellulaze uses a laser to cut the fibers that cause cellulite.  It also melts some of the fat that causes the high spots and to tighten the skin.  It can really be done with local anesthesia or with some sedation.  It is unique in that it is a single treatment procedure for cellulite.

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 16 reviews


As a Cellulaze user and trainer I will attempt to explain this operation. It is a laser system on 1440 nm wavelength light spectrum. Using a propriety hand piece delivery system that allows a 45 degrees angled light beam. The FDA cleared this treatment as the only long lasting (over 2 years+) treatment for the correction of cellulite. There are study patients over 35 months out that are still improved. The patient response of over 92% positive. The pathology of cellulite is threefold: 1. the fat bulges due to extra sub dermal fat, 2. the indents due to septa of fibrosis tissue, 3. thinned dermis. The Physiology of cellulite is based genetically and hormonally. Thus, after local infiltration to areas with or without I.V. sedation a small incision is made in different areas the fiber is introduced sub dermal and directed in phase 1 downward to melt or laze the fat. Phase 2 the fiber is angles horizontally to laser excise the septa. Phase 3 the fiber is now directed upward to heat the dermis (after 6 months the dermis is thickened by 22 to 29%). The area is rolled to express extra fluids. a suture can be place, than topiform and a girdle. Very little post operative pain. Healing within a few days to be doing early activity. Full healing takes months, like 3 to 6 months. I hope this helps. On TODAY show today was a Cellulaze discussion. Regards Dr. B, MIAMI 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 173 reviews

Cellulaze and cellulite

I think the real benefit of the Cellulaze procedure is when the laser tightens the skin to reduce the cellulite. Most of the energy delivered during the procedure is from running the laser in very close proximity to the deep surface of the skin. This stimulates skin thickening and tightening which reduces the appearance of the cellulite. If you don't deliver enough energy to the skin or don't get the laser close enough the results are less predictable. Hope this helps.

M. Dean Vistnes, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Cellulaze Treatment

Short-pulsed, high-energy laser beams are utilized under the skin to transit energy in two directions to smooth out fat cells and heat the dermal tissue. This will promote skin thickening and tightening.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

How Cellulaze works

With the use of a 1440nm side firing laser we target the classic dimples and lumpiness seen in cellulite. This is accomplished by going just below the skin and using the laser to cut through the fibrous septae that tether down parts of the skin and cause dimpling. The laser is also used to melt and diminish areas that are bulging and appear lumpy.  Lastly, the entire area is heated to stimulate collagen, thicken and improve the quality of the skin and cause tissue tightening during the healing process. 

I've attached a video that we did with Dr. Barry DiBernardo explaining Cellulaze for patients.

Hope that helps answer your questions.

Dr. Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

How Cellulaze works

Cellulaze is the only FDA-approved, one time, minimally invasive treatment for cellulite.  It treats the cellulite by correcting all three anatomical aspects that cause cellulite - removal of fatty bulges, release of the fibrous septae that cause dimpling, and stimulation of skin tightening to smooth out the skin.  By utilizing a side-firing laser fiber optic, it can directly treat cellulite, something no other treatment modality can do.  Satisfaction rate with Cellulaze has been over 90 percent.  Cellulaze treatment is not for everyone.  I would recommend consulting a board certified plastic surgeon who has experience with Cellulaze to see if you are a candiate for the treatment. Good luck!

Robert Kratschmer, MD

Robert Kratschmer, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

How cellulaze works

Cellulaze uses a laser under the skin to attack the anatomic causes of cellulite. It is a minimally invasive procedure that takes 1-2 hours and can be safely done  under local or just IV sedation.  It is an FDA approved treatment for cellulite and requires only one treatment.  Hope this is helpful.
Dr. Sugene Kim

Sugene Kim, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

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