Cellulaze is an invention that is beyond a woman’s wildest dreams: a gadget that could end the dreaded “orange peel” effect of cellulite.
Surnamed as ‘the death of cellulite”, the Cellulaze laser attacks the unsightly fat from three angles.
More than that, Cellulaze is said to produce long-lasting results, smoothing thighs in just one hour-long treatment.
Dimpled bottoms and upper arms can also be treated with Cellulaze.
Patients say at least 70% of their cellulite has vanished, with some still happy two years later.
Some experts are predicting Cellulaze will revolutionize the treatment of cellulite.
Others are more cautious, saying that the almost $5,000 (£3,000) treatment is not a solution.
Cellulite – lumps of fat trapped beneath the skin – affects more than 85% of women over 20. Even celebrities such as actress Kim Cattrall, 55, have been pictured with it.
Usually, treatments include creams and lasers that zap the cellulite from outside the body. Women can also buy tights or knickers impregnated with caffeine that claim to melt away cellulite.
But all are temporary solutions and need to be used again.
In contrast, a single Cellulaze treatment produces dramatic results, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons annual conference heard.
Unlike other treatments, Cellulaze is inserted 1 cm or so below the skin.
Once there, Cellulaze first melts away the bulging pockets of fat, and then attacks the thick fibres that trap the fat.
Finally, the laser is pointed at the top layer of skin to trigger the production of the protein collagen.
Patients, who have a sedative and a local anaesthetic, may see immediate improvements, it is claimed – although full results will take up to six months.
Karen Cronholm, Cellulaze manufacturer Cynosure representative, said: “Patients have a bit of bruising for a week or so and a bit of swelling. Most are back to normal activities in 24 to 48 hours.”
Dr. Klainer, of Chrysalis Plastic Surgery in Virginia, U.S., said of Cellulaze:
“This is going to revolutionize the treatment of cellulite.”
Dr. Nigel Mercer, a former president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said:
“It is not the answer. But it is probably the closest we have got to it at the moment.”