Cellulite is a condition in which the fat collect in pockets below the surface of the skin causing dimpling and lumpiness on the skin surface of the thighs, buttocks and abdomen of nearly all women. It is due to combination of tension placed on the skin by fibrous bands and fatty protrusions into the dermis layer of skin. The actual cause of cellulite is poorly understood however aging, hormones, genetics, gender and dramatic weight changes can play a role in it appearance. Diets high in carbohydrates may enhance the appearance of cellulite as well.
At BNG Aesthetics Skin & Laser Center we offer several treatment options for treating cellulite. We always encourage healthy lifestyles and diet modifications. Our treatment options include Viora REACTION™, Subcision treatment and Smart Lipo.
The Viora Reaction™ is a new, cutting-edge radiofrequency treatment for skin tightening, body contouring, and cellulite reduction. Reaction™ combines two mechanisms of radiofrequency energy and vacuum therapy that work with the body's natural regeneration processes. Penetrating deep under the skin, the radiofrequency energy targets enlarged fat pockets to reduce fat cell volume and increase the metabolism while the vacuum manipulation increases local blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. Reaction™ is a completely non-invasive procedure – no surgery, no injections – that can help you achieve tighter skin and a more youthful body contour.
Subcision is a surgical procedure using a specially designed needle to cut fibrous bands between fat lobules. The procedure is done in the office setting under local anesthesia. The needle is inserted into the fat to release the bands that cause dimpling. In some cases when dimples are deep, the subcision treatment is combined with fat injection for better results. This treatment is associated with minimal downtime but bruising is fairly common and usually resolves in 7-10 days. The patient can return to regular activities within a day.
Smart Lipo laser-assisted liposuction is a minimally invasive procedurethat uses a technique known as "laser lipolysis" to destroy fat cells using laser energy. Laser-assisted liposuction helps to reduce fat deposits and break up some of the fibrous bands, thereby smoothing the skin and eliminating or reducing skin dimples.
The procedure is performed by introducing a fine fiber-optic probe under the skin which delivers laser energy that breaks up and liquefies fat cells. The excess fat is suctioned out via a small cannula - a thin tube used to remove liquefied fat. Once the excess fat is removed, patients report a reduced appearance of cellulite. Smart Lipo laser-assisted liposuction also has the added benefit of stimulating new collagen growth inside the connective tissues; this helps to tighten the skin thereby farther reducing skin dimpling. It can be utilized alone to treat smaller areas of fat, such as below the chin and, neck or in combination with liposuction to remove larger areas of fat such as in the abdomen, hips and thighs.
Smart Lipo is performed under local anesthesia. During the procedure, there is minimal discomfort. After the anesthesia has worn off, discomfort is described as aches and pains associated with a vigorous workout. The recovery time is much faster with less bruising and less swelling compared to traditional liposuction.
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