A: Cellulaze is a laser-assisted procedure performed by a trained and qualified physician. Dr. Marcia Byrd is board certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery and has had extensive training and experience in performing the Cellulaze procedure. Its purpose is to reduce or eliminate cellulite on various parts of the body such as hips, thighs, buttocks and arms. A local anesthetic is given before the procedure. Tiny incisions are made in the skin and then the Cellulaze laser tube is inserted under the skin. The procedure levels out excess fat, releases the fibrous bands that cause dimples, and stimulates the production of collagen to increase the thickness of the skin and provide a smoother look.
A: According to the Modified Muller Nurnberger Scale there are four grades of cellulite:
The ideal candidate will have Grade II to Grade III Moderate cellulite. Grade I and Grade III Severe will not benefit from this treatment. Grade II and Grade III are treated differently. Grade II requires skin thickening and tightening only. Grade III requires skin thickening and tightening and possibly removal of fat and/or release of the bands that pull the skin down. Excessive skin laxity will not respond to this treatment. Of course a consultation is needed to determine the extent of the problem.
A: All previous cellulite treatments have been non-invasive and have only addressed the external effects of the skin but have not corrected the source of the problem. Creams and massage have minimal effect and are short-lived. Cellulaze is the first technology that changes the anatomy of the actual structures of the skin that cause cellulite. The data produced by research is helpful but patient testimonials tell the real story. On the plastic surgery website RealSelf there is a 95% ‘worth it rating.’ Very few procedures have rated this high.
A: Cellulaze is not the usual conventional method of treating cellulite which treats cellulite at the deepest layer through laser treatment. Conventional methods included procedures such as:
While these products and procedures may provide some temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite, Cellulaze is the first and only minimally invasive treatment for the long term reduction of cellulite with over 3 years clinical results shown through clinical trial studies conducted by founding company Cynosure. Cellulaze is FDA approved.
A: Typically there is one incision measuring ¼ inch for each zone. The incisions are protected during treatment by placing a small plastic port in the incision to limit abrasion of the edges of the incision. Of course, all incisions will leave a scar but these ¼ incisions typically heal very well over a few months.
A: Yes, this is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can be performed using local tumescent anesthesia in conjunction with oral or IV sedation.
A: As far as recovery, patients can return to normal activities in a couple of days and strenuous activity in two weeks. A compression garment or a snug fitting pair of Spanx should be worn for 2 weeks. Mild to moderate bruising and swelling can be expected which takes a week or so to resolve.
A: Liposuction can be done during the Cellulaze procedure but not in the same areas as Cellulaze is used. The reason is that studies on the safety and efficacy of both procedures in the same area at the same time have not been done. At the current time we wait 6 months after liposuction on a specific area to do Cellulaze.
A: The fat reduction is limited to the raised areas of cellulite thus the overall effect is not of fat reduction.
A: Dr. Byrd was one of the first 15 physicians in the nation to use laser liposuction (SmartLipo) in 2006. SmartLipo and Cellulaze are manufactured by the same company, Cynosure, and are very similar in many aspects. Her experience with SmartLipo translates well to the Cellulaze laser. She has considerable experience in numerous body sculpting procedures. In fact, the vast majority of her practice is dedicated to body sculpting. Dr. Byrd trained on the Cellulaze with Dr. Gordon Sasaki, one of the primary doctors conducting the clinical trials of this procedure.
A: The treatment area is numbed locally with tumescent solution. We also offer oral and/or IV sedation to maximize your comfort during the procedure.
A: Depending on the size of the treatment area, a Cellulaze procedure can last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours.
A: Cellulaze technology is very similar to SmartLipo technology which has been available for many years and proven to be very safe. In addition, there are several safety mechanisms in the Cellulaze system that ensure the proper dose and temperature settings that prevent the risk of overtreatment.
A: Yes, Cellulaze completed the approval process in January of 2012.
A: A single treatment is all that is needed.
A: Studies in the United States have shown that the results are lasting well over two years. It is the general consensus that if the cellulite does not come back in two years that it is probably not going to come back.