Cellulite is a stubborn problem that affects both men and women.
Lying just below the surface of the skin is a type of fat known as cellulite that becomes noticeable when fat deposits push through connective tissue. Anywhere from 80 to 90 percent of women may experience problems with skin that has the lumpy, dimpled appearance characteristic of cellulite at one time or another. About 10 percent of men have issues with this type of fat.
If you are weighing your options with laser cellulite reduction in Silicon Valley to improve the appearance of your skin in the affected areas, here’s what you need to know about this treatment.
What Is Laser Cellulite Reduction?
It’s important to note that laser cellulite reduction is not a procedure designed to permanently eliminate cellulite, although the results can last for a fairly long period of time for some patients. During the treatment, a laser probe is inserted via a small incision that extends just below the skin in the area being treated. Laser cellulite reduction in Silicon Valley may be used to target several areas with this type of fat, including:
- Thighs (anterior and posterior) and hips
- So-called “love handles” (flanks)
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for the Procedure?
While women, especially those who recently went through pregnancy, are more likely to have cellulite than men, adults of all ages with this type of stubborn fat may benefit from laser cellulite reduction in Silicon Valley. Overall patient health is also considered, especially when it comes to any issues that may affect the skin or the ability to clot when the small incision is made for the probe. Preferred candidates for this treatment should also be close to their ideal or goal weight, have a moderate amount of cellulite present, and be in generally good health.
How Is Laser Cellulite Reduction in Silicon Valley Performed?
Patients typically receive treatment in a comfortable facility, usually on a table that allows the body to be positioned in a way that allows access to the area with cellulite. The procedure can be safely performed by a qualified technician with local anesthesia, often as an in-office treatment. After the anesthesia is applied to the treatment area, the small incision is made to insert the probe. The laser then heats tissues below the skin’s surface. The heat from the laser affects cellulite by:
- Releasing some of the connective tissue (fibrous septae) in cellulite
- Reducing the thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer
- Stimulating the natural production of collagen
- Improving the elasticity and texture of skin in the treated area
Even though laser cellulite reduction in Silicon Valley requires a very small incision, it’s still considered a minimally invasive procedure. Downtime with the procedure is usually limited to only one or two days. If you opt for laser cellulite removal instead of reduction, the treatment will be done with a handpiece and vacuum. Results with the reduction procedure may last for about a year. It can be helpful to adopt or stick with healthy eating and exercise habits to reduce the risk of developing further issues with stubborn fat in the form of cellulite.