New laser device fights cellulite from under the skin

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Over 80% of women today live with the reality of having cellulite, making it one of the biggest cosmetic problems plaguing doctors and patients alike. And while there is everything from quick fixes to extensive invasive procedures to lessen this embarrassing condition, we all wait with anticipation for that modern, miracle treatment that permanently makes our dimpled skin vanish while allowing us to maintain our regular schedules.  Dr. Bruce Katz, founder of the JUVA Skin & Laser Center is letting us in on one of this year's biggest secrets – the wait is over!

The JUVA Skin and Laser Center in New York recently conducted an IRB approved study of 15 women and applied a new, groundbreaking laser technology called Cellulaze to cellulite of the thighs.  The device's novel 1440 nm Nd:YAG laser with a Sidelight 3D™ optical fiber transmits energy bi-directionally under the skin to thermally smooth out fat cells and heat dermal tissue to promote skin thickening and tightening; resulting in tighter and smoother skin.  

This fast and minimally invasive procedure was administered once to each patient and follow-up was conducted one, three and six months following the treatment.   Patients' quantifiable results were measured by Canfield's Vectra 3D Surface Imaging and supported by digital photography, patient and physician questionnaires and histologic evaluation.  The study concluded that 68% of subjects showed significant improvement in cellulite by photographic evaluation and 65% with Vectra 3D Surface Imaging, which quantified results versus relying solely on a photographic evaluation.  Patient & physician evaluations revealed good-excellent results in 76% and 69% of cases, respectively.

"The JUVA Skin & Laser Center has been at the forefront of laser technology for years and to-date there have been no laser technologies that have had significant, lasting benefits for cellulite," said Dr. Bruce Katz, one of the original pioneers of SmartLipo™.  "Cellulaze has proven, permanent results that have far surpassed my expectations.  I am confident it will be changing the way doctors approach cellulite treatment for good as one treatment can permanently treat cellulite without any maintenance."  

Cellulaze, which is pending FDA approval, begins by making a small incision on the area and administering a numbing solution beneath the epidermis.  Patients can go back to work immediately following the treatment as healing is quick and only requires a protective undergarment to be worn for seven days.

Unlike existing cellulite laser treatments that utilize radiofrequency or laser energy over the epidermis, this new device fights cellulite from under the skin and thus permanently treats cellulite without the maintenance of other treatments.  


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