Cellulite is the dimpled skin and nodularity often found on the hips, thighs and buttocks usually described as having an ‘orange peel’ or ‘cottage cheese’ appearance. It is far more common in females than males due to the differences in fat distribution and affects 85-98% of women. There are many causes including sex, age, race, hormones, genetic factors, lifestyle, diet, exercise and stress.
Although cellulite is considered to be normal, many people find it undesirable.
+What areas can be treated?
Cellulite is most commonly found on the hips, thighs and buttocks but may also appear on the abdomen, breasts or upper arms, which are all areas that can be treated.
+How does the treatment work?
There are many factors involved in the development of cellulite including changes in the microcirculation, accumulation of toxins, increase in number and size of fat cells and shortening of the fibrous tissue cords that anchor the skin. CelluErase is a minimally invasive procedure where a special micro blade is used to separate the bands of fibrous connective tissue, allowing the skin to spring back resulting in a smoother appearance.
+Is it safe and does it hurt?
Treatment consists of separating fibrous bands within the cellulite and then injecting a mesotherapy cocktail containing active ingredients specifically formulated to help eliminate cellulite. A specially designed micro blade is used and the treatment is very superficial so the risk of damage to vessels or nerves is very low. The blade is similar in size to an average hypodermic needle and heals in the same way and no suturing is required. However if the skin is thin, there may be some tearing resulting in poor healing or scarring. Local anaesthetic is used to minimise any pain during the procedure, although there may be a moderate degree of discomfort during the treatment of certain areas. The injection of local anaesthetic may cause a stinging sensation before numbing takes place. If you find the procedure uncomfortable, further local anaesthetic can be administered. If cellulite is very extensive, it is necessary to perform the treatment in more than one session as there is a limit to the amount of anaesthetic that can be used.
+Are there any side-effects?
Following treatment, the area can be quite red, warm, tender and swollen for the first few days as healing takes place. Occasionally there may be some altered sensation, numbness or tingling within the area, this sometimes takes a few days or weeks to settle. Although the micro blade used is very narrow, occasionally the treatment may result in a tiny scar. Thickened scars, such as hypertrophic or keloid scars, may occur. If you have a tendency for these, it is essential you inform your practitioner. Rarely the treatment may result in scabs, blisters or vesicles at the treatment site. Pigmentation may occur due to the bruising within the skin, it is important to avoid exposure to UV light until healing is complete.
+What can I expect after treatment?
Due to the nature of separating the fibrous bands when performing cellulite treatment, bruising is inevitable and can be quite extensive. The area is likely to be quite tender for several days or more and the bruising can spread beyond the area treated and be black or dark purple in appearance. There will be a degree of bleeding following the procedure and a dressing will be applied which should remain in place for 24 hours, although sometimes the bleeding may be a little bit more profuse and seep through the dressing. Pressure can be applied to stop any bleeding and a further dressing may need to be applied. If the bleeding is persistent, please contact the clinic to arrange further review. The procedure is highly effective although results cannot be guaranteed and sometimes cellulite will remain. Further treatment can be performed if needed. As cellulite is an ongoing problem, it can recur despite having effective treatment.