Laser Cellulite Treatment

Latest update: February 26, 2024
Medically reviewed by: Jennifer Trent MD, FAAD

Details

Cellulite is a common condition that causes distinctive dimples on the legs and the butt. These dimples occur when fat accumulates and pushes between the tissue bands that pull down the skin. Cellulite can be treated using non-surgical options such as Cellulaze and TriActive.

Cellulaze is an FDA-approved cellulite treatment. It heats the skin using laser fiber to iron out cellulite dimples. While the treatment can be used in any part of the body, the most commonly treated areas are the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. Cellulaze is a minimally invasive treatment that shows noticeable results after one session. 

The 2-hour treatment will require a local anesthetic. The practitioner will first create a tiny incision in the targeted area and insert a cannula under the skin. The laser fiber in the cannula heats and melts the excess fat and severs the fibrous bands that tug on the skin and cause cellulite dimples. The thermal energy also encourages collagen production in the tissues as the cells stimulate a healing response. Collagen helps to tighten and firm the skin to improve elasticity and thickness. The treatment has a minimal recovery period. 

Patients will experience swelling, soreness, and bruising, which will subside in a few days. They need to wear a compression garment in the treated areas to support the site. Once the results take effect, patients will notice a 60-70% reduction in cellulite appearance. 

TriActive is another non-invasive treatment that uses laser technology to treat cellulite dimples in three steps. The laser step will stimulate circulation, while the cooling step decreases fluid retention. The massage step facilitates lymphatic drainage. The 45-minute session is relatively painless. Doctors recommend 10-15 sessions for effective 
results. 
Anesthesia
no or local
Operation Time
1-15
Inpatient Period
n/a
Number of Appointments
1-15
Recovery Period
0-2 days
Invasiveness
no

New Laser Cellulite Treatment

WTNH News8 covers getting your body beach ready. Cellulite is a key area of concern for most women and causes significant issues with self-esteem. This segment covers the, then latest, FDA-approved laser tool. Jocelyn Maminta discusses problem spots and how the laser works to melt fat. She interviews Dr. Eileen Comia at the Advance Biomedical Treatment Center who explains how the procedure works to contour the body and treat cellulite.

Cellulaze - Laser Cellulite Treatment

This video from The Roxbury Institute demonstrates Cellulaze. The device is described as being able to treat the structural issues of cellulite below the skin. The video uses animated images to explain how the procedure works. With before and after pictures, video depicts the effectiveness of the tool.