One of the newest “treatments” to hit the market for desperate women who are willing to shell out big bucks to take a “laser-stab” at their cellulite is called cellulaze.
A recent article about cellulaze in the NY Times told us all we need to know about this risky and questionable option.
Today, we broaden the perspective for you:
1: the simple definition from company – “which says that its laser technology attacks all three problems responsible for cellulite: bulging fat, too-thin skin, and the connective tissue that tugs at skin and creates dimples…”
Major issue there, ladies…
The 3 things listed as the “problems responsible for cellulite” are not even close.
First, there is no such thing as cellulite.
It’s a word made up several decades ago in a European beauty spa to DESCRIBE, and give an identity to, the appearance of dimples, shadows and bumps on the lower body of women.
So, this means there is nothing in or under the skin which goes by the name of cellulite. It’s simply a descriptive word which applies to the appearance of the skin’s surface imperfections mentioned above.
Second – and most importantly; 94% of the time, the appearance of the dimples, bumps and shadows on the legs, buns, hips and thighs are the result of atrophied muscles in those problem areas and trouble zones.
Even women who “exercise” can still have this as they may be doing the wrong exercises or be on a counterproductive workout program which may make the appearance of cellulite even worse. (They need to be doing the right exercises which target cellulite reversal.)
Atrophied muscles are weak, un-toned, flat and saggy. When the muscles are in this condition, the skin above them has no firm support and this shows in the form of bumps, shadows and dimpling of the skin.
“It’s important to note this can be the case with women who are not overweight. Women who love their weight, size and how they look in clothes may hate the way they look when naked or with a bikini on….”
On the same note there are many women who consider themselves overweight and yet have no sign of dimples or shadows (cellulite). This is because their body composition is in a decent range and their muscles are pushing out, evenly against the skin on top of them, making it look smooth and tight.
So, the sneaky promise of cellu-laze working is dangerously unfounded because the surgery is targeting things which are not the cause of the bumps, dimples and shadows.
2: Some Insightful and enlightening highlights from the article:
-A: Wanda Lamberty, 41, said, “If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t get it done.” In July 2010, she had her thighs treated free, as part of another study, where the laser energy used was more than doubled. Within a week, her left leg was retaining a lot of fluid, a complication called a seroma. It had to be drained every two weeks for months. Dr. DiBernardo “would put a syringe in my left leg and take out fluid that was building up,” said Mrs. Lamberty, who works at a Department of Motor Vehicles near Helmetta, N.J.
“That was time I had to take off work.”
Four months after her Cellulaze treatments, Mrs. Lamberty said, indentations appeared on her leg that looked as if holes had been carved out by a potato peeler. Nearly 18 months later, the indentations remain, and the skin “looks like it’s bruised still,” she said, adding, “You live with the consequences.”
-B: “The side effects noted in the 10-person study also gave Dr. Wanner pause. ‘It is fairly significant to have three months of prolonged discomfort, bruising, swelling and numbness,’ depending on severity, she said.”
-C: Certainly, if patients are pleased, the treatment could prove a cash cow for the company. Carol, 42, experienced sticker shock after consultations with two Chicago-area doctors.
One said it would cost $9,500 to treat the front of her thighs, outer thighs and rear end; another, Dr. Kenneth L. Stein, a board-certified plastic surgeon, said he would charge $11,300.
In March, she asked Dr. Stein how many patients of his had undergone the procedure.
He replied, “Two.” (He said he has now treated six.) Carol later said, aghast, “I’m going to be shelling out $11,300, and I’ll be the third one???”
“These doctors know women will pay for it,” said Carol, who is still swollen from Cellulaze but hopeful she might one day wear a bathing suit. “Women are embarrassed about it.”
D: Dr. Bruce Katz, a Manhattan dermatologist and a clinical investigator, said, “We think if the cellulite hasn’t come back in two years, it’s probably going to be pretty much permanent.” (Hahahahahahaaaaaaa… LOL…)
Many physicians are promoting Cellulaze as a long-lasting fix, with some even claiming that the results are permanent, even though the only published study, in Aesthetic Surgery Journal in 2011, had just 10 subjects. Such claims are powerful marketing tools for the doctors, who charge $2,500 to $5,000 for both buttocks or outer thighs, and thousands more for added areas. Cynosure even suggests charging up to $7,000 for the first area the size of an 8-by-11-inch piece of paper.
But the F.D.A. clearance stipulates that Cynosure, the maker of Cellulaze, “can only make statements based on our decision on the three-month data,” according to Erica Jefferson, an F.D.A. spokeswoman, who added, “The indication should be for ‘short-term improvement.’ ” The F.D.A. does not police the claims of doctors who offer the treatment. (**Read that last sentence at least one more time.**)
Cellulaze hasn’t yet earned credibility for its claims in peer-reviewed journals, though it said multiple studies, some with follow-up as far as three years, are being prepared for submission. The Aesthetic Surgery Journal study was unblinded, meaning it was performed and evaluated by Dr. DiBernardo. He is one of five paid clinical investigators and a training consultant for Cynosure who has taught 70 doctors. (LOL… Are you kidding me?)
“At the end of the day, we cannot go on a small study that was unblinded,” said Dr. Molly Wanner, an instructor in dermatology at Harvard Medical School. (Read what she said again.)
The good news is the appearance of the dimples, ripples and shadows can be fixed by reversing the muscular atrophy in the muscles of the trouble zones. This can be done at home with gentle, multi-dimensional exercises; without the need for weights and painful gym machines.
Be sure to utilize proper form, correct tempo and synergistic sequence.
These gentle, multi-dimensional body movements are NOT done with typical weights and machine type exercises. Most regular fitness instructors don’t even know about this type of targeted cellulite-killing method.
Remember, “cellulite” is only a name to describe the appearance of the skin’s surface. It’s not a special type of stubborn fat or a connective tissue problem. The key to changing how your skin looks on the surface is to change the firmness and fullness of the muscles underneath by toning them properly.