When collagen fibers that bind fat to skin start to stretch and tear, the result is what’s known as cellulite.
While some men may have issues with the dimples and bumps characteristic of this particular skin imperfection, it’s a problem more common in middle-aged women or ones going through pregnancy. This is partly because collagen patterns are parallel in women and in an X pattern in men, which doesn’t allow for much room for skin dimpling to occur.
If your search for blemish-free skin has you considering laser cellulite reduction in San Jose, here’s what you need to know about this procedure.
Laser Cellulite Reduction Basics
Laser cellulite reduction in San Jose is a treatment performed with a laser probe that’s inserted with a discrete incision in the affected area. The laser heats skin below the surface where connective tissue (fibrous septae) is located. The heat from the laser also affects cellulite by stimulating collagen production and reducing the thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer. Skin elasticity and texture may also improve.
Preparations for Laser Cellulite Reduction
There isn’t much preparation necessary for laser cellulite reduction in San Jose since it’s considered a minimally invasive procedure. The area that’s going to be treated is usually evaluated and medical history is typically considered to determine if there are any skin conditions or underlying health issues that may affect how laser applications are done. Prior to the procedure, you’ll likely be asked to stop smoking if you are a cigarette smoker. You may also be asked to temporarily stop taking NSAIDs and blood thinners to reduce bleeding risks.
How the Procedure Is Done
After local anesthesia is administered, a small incision about the size of a pen point is made. The thin, hollow tube (cannula) containing laser fiber is then inserted through the small incision. The cannula is then manipulated in a way that breaks up the fibrous brands of connective tissue just below the surface of the skin in the area being treated. This causes the fat to shrink, which stimulates the production of more healthy collagen.
Over the next several weeks and months, the increase in collage production will create a smoother appearance. After the procedure, a small bandage is applied to the incision site. There may be some slight swelling or bruising in the treated area. However, this is normal and temporary. Wearing a compression garment around the treated area may improve contour and minimize swelling and bruising.
Preferred candidates for laser cellulite reduction in San Jose are patients with a stable weight who are generally healthy. The treatment is more usually more effective for mild instances of cellulite. Thighs, buttocks, and hips are common areas treated, although other locations may be considered on an individual basis.
If cellulite is a minor inconvenience, over-the-counter creams may help. Should attempts at self-treatment not be effective, you may benefit from laser cellulite reduction in San Jose. Most patients see the desired results after a single treatment. While results will vary, the reduction in cellulite typically lasts for about a year.
Studies indicate that risks and side effects associated with commonly performed cellulite reduction procedures are often mild and resolved quickly.