Anyone can develop cellulite but it can be more noticeable for some than others. That’s because cellulite is all about the structure of the tissues below your skin. The experienced team at Brickell Cosmetic Center in Miami, Florida, offers advanced treatments to smooth away cellulite and restore a firm, beautiful appearance. If you’re ready to deal with your cellulite, call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn which treatment option is best for you.
Everyone has a natural layer of fat underneath their skin. Below the fat, you have a layer of strong connective tissue and many fibrous bands that attach the connective tissue to your skin.
The fibrous bands, which run through the layer of fat, are primarily responsible for cellulite. The bands can tighten as you get older. Or you may gain weight. In both cases, the bands pull your skin tightly over the fat, creating the dimpled appearance of cellulite.
Subcision cellulite uses a minimally invasive procedure to target the fibrous bands. During the procedure, your provider at Brickell Cosmetic Center makes a small incision, inserts a cannula, and uses it to cut the bands surrounding each fat-filled dimple.
It’s important to know that once the bands are cut, they can’t be repaired, so your results are permanent — and the results are not always predictable until after the bands are cut.
You also face the typical risks of a surgical procedure. You may experience bleeding, bruising, pain, and scarring. Though not common, some patients may need a second procedure to achieve their desired results.
VelaShape III is a state of the art body contouring procedure that can safely and effectively shape, slim, and reduce cellulite in problem areas like the hips and belly. VelaShape III is completely non-surgical and non-invasive. It's a virtually pain-free treatment and is an excellent option for patients who want to reduce extra fat and cellulite without surgery.
VelaShape III is a non-invasive procedure that reduces cellulite using infrared and radiofrequency energy, together with a pulsed vacuum and massage.
The gentle vacuum lifts the treatment area up toward the handpiece, so fat cells are closer to the heat source. Then infrared light and radiofrequency energy heat the fat cells quickly and evenly without harming your skin.
The fat cells are heated just enough to make them break down, then your body eliminates the waste. The massage action boosts the lymphatic flow, accelerating the removal of fat cells.
The VelaShape III treatment has four components, including:
The first two components — radiofrequency energy and infrared light — heat the dermal and hypodermal tissues within the designated treatment area. This deep heating stimulates the metabolism of the targeted fat cells and shrinks the amount and size of those fat cells, helping cellulite reduction in the treatment area.
The VelaShape III treatment system also uses a group of mechanical massage rollers in the treatment area. These rollers knead the skin as the radiofrequency energy and the infrared light is being delivered. This kneading action prompts the body to start lymphatic drainage, which means the body will naturally reduce cellulite by disposing of the fat cells it contains. The vacuum suction then treats cellulite dimples by stretching out the fibrous bands within the skin.
VelaShape III treatment yields a significant reduction in the amount of cellulite in the treatment areas. You'll notice the skin is firmer and smoother overall, giving you a more youthful look and feel. Many VelaShape III patients experience a dramatic reduction in body circumference and fewer cellulite dimples in the treated areas.
The ideal VelaShape III patient has a BMI of less than 30. If you have cellulite when you're standing up — even the "orange peel" type of obvious cellulite — you may be a good candidate for VelaShape III treatment.
Most patients notice improvement after just 6 treatments, but to get the longest lasting results, a series of 10 sessions is usually best for maintenance as well. Each treatment session is fast and easy, lasting only around half an hour. Treatments are done on a weekly basis. To maintain your beautiful body results, periodic maintenance treatments are recommended.
After the fibrous bands are cut, any remaining dimpling is filled with dermal fillers harvested from your body. With both options, your provider at Brickell Cosmetic Center injects the fat or dermal filler into the dimples, keeping that area of skin raised.
Some of the is absorbed by your body, but the cells that take hold become permanent. Dermal fillers are temporary, however, so you may need additional injections in the future.
Depending on the severity of your cellulite, dermal fillers may be used alone to smooth away the dimpling without cutting the bands.
If you’d like to learn more about which treatments would work best for your cellulite, call Brickell Cosmetic Center or schedule an appointment online today.
*Individual results may vary.