While cellulite may be visible at any age, it tends to worsen as collagen loss happens in the skin and muscular support structures due to aging. Cellulite can be caused by excess fat, fibrous bands creating puckering, or skin laxity causing ripples, and often multiple factors are to blame. During your consultation at Center for Aesthetics we will discuss your treatment needs and make specific recommendations to get you the best results.
ThermiSmooth may be suggested if you have body skin laxity with or without mild to moderate fat excess. While many patients come to us seeking treatment for cellulite on the abdomen, thighs, or upper arms, often a combination of skin laxity and fat excess is to blame. ThermiSmooth works by delivering radiofrequency energy to heat the skin, resulting in collagen contracture and skin tightening as well as some fat contouring. Treatment can also be applied to tighten skin without affecting fat in the area. Although it does not provide the same body contouring as CoolSculpting, most patients enjoy ThermiSmooth treatments and compare them to a hot stone massage. Usually a course of three to four treatments per area is recommended, and treatments may be performed weekly. Results are often visible within one to two months and continue to progress over four to six months following the final treatment. As with any skin tightening treatment, we recommend regular maintenance sessions to retain your results.
CoolSculpting is a simple and effective in-office procedure that reduces unwanted body fat with no sedation or downtime. CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis technology to freeze fat cells, destroys them permanently. Depending upon the areas being treated, your session may take from 35 minutes to several hours. Results from each session develop over about 3 months, and we often recommend two to four sessions over the first year for optimal body contouring. Although there is no downtime, many patients experience temporary side effects in the treated areas, such as bruising, tenderness, skin sensitivity, numbness, swelling and cramping. While symptoms generally last from ten days to three weeks, CoolSculpting does not limit your physical activity and we encourage you to resume your usual activity level as soon as possible following treatment. CoolSculpting is limited by the size of the applicator, and works well for the initial treatment of pinchable fat in the abdomen, flanks, thighs and arms.
For patients looking for rapid and dramatic results, VASERlipo is a surgical body contouring treatment that requires less downtime and discomfort than traditional liposuction. VASERlipo uses ultrasound-assisted liposuction technology to break down fat cells prior to suction, easing the removal of fat and creating a more defined appearance by tightening the skin in the treated areas. Treatment is performed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia, and requires one to two weeks of downtime. Final results develop over several months following the procedure.