Reporting Stephanie Stahl
By Stephanie Stahl
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - There’s a new cellulite zapper that’s getting a lot of buzz. 3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl has more on the new technology that promises long, lasting results.
80 percent of women have it, and hate it. Cellulite is a problem for millions, even for people who are in good shape.
“I’ve been working out my entire life, but I still have issues,” said Shekia Richard, who exercises. She’s not trying a new FDA-approved laser procedure called Cellulaze. It targets cellulite from under the skin.
Doctors insert the laser through a small incision. It heats up the underlying tissue that hold fat cells together.
“By using the laser energy to cut those fibers and melt the fat and tighten the skin, that’s how we actually have long lasting results,” said Dr. Bruce Katz, a Cosmetic Surgeon.
An animation from Cynosure, the maker of the device, shows how the laser can melt bulging, fat cells. Then it cuts and vaporizes fibers under the skin, which cause the dimples. The laser then heats the skin, which the company says, allows new collagen to form to smooth out the skin.
Jennifer Guzman tried the new laser and couldn’t be happier with the results.
“After it was just very, very smooth. Very nice. I could sit down and I wouldn’t see any bumps. I would stand, it would be smooth,” said Jennifer.
The company says with just one treatment the cellulite goes away, and the results last a year or more. But it can take about three months after the procedure to see the full results.
“This is not something that happens overnight, it is a dynamic process. We get people that want the quick fix and we can’t deliver that,” said Dr. Jay Kulkin, a laser expert.
But some doctors say the results can be limited, and it’s expensive, approximately five to seven thousand dollars.
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