By Liz Vokes
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a fat deposit beneath the skin. Cellulite is caused by tight connective tissues (fibrous septae) pulling on the skin resulting in dimpling. Think of it as squeezing a balloon in your hands with your fingers spaced apart. The balloon bulging between the fingers represents fat cells and your fingers represent Fibrous septae. In order to reduce or eliminate dimpling the fingers (fibrous septae) must be released to reveal a flat area.
Which treatments for cellulite does La Chelé offer and how do I know which is best for me?
La Chelè offers Avèli and QWO, both specifically designed treat the root cause of cellulite, while Morpheus Body and Exilis 360 can help the appearance of cellulite but do not address the root cause. Our Providers will discuss and determine which treatments will best to address specific concerns based on desired outcome and lifestyle. QWO is the first FDA-Approved injectable treatment for cellulite reduction in the buttocks only and requires multiple treatments. QWO works by targeting and gradually dissolving the fibrous bands responsible for cellulite resulting in an improved appearance and potential smoothing of the skin.
There is a limit to how much cellulite can be treated in one session, usually around 12 dimples per side, but is great for those looking to improve a specific areas. There is a chance of significant bruising, swelling or itching at the injection site but, normal activities can be resumed immediately. Results can start showing improvement within 3 weeks up until 10 weeks post-treatment. Avèli is the newest FDA-approved treatment for cellulite reduction of the thighs and buttocks. It requires only one treatment! When Dr. Espinoza performs. Avèli, she is manually breaking up the fibrous septae allowing the skin to release immediately. This creates a smoothed result, instantly! No general anesthesia is needed but an anesthetic agent is injected for comfort. Most patients can resume normal activities within 24-48 hours. It is common to have a week of bruising and swelling at injection site and spanx are recommended during healing.
You’re the #1 Morpheus8 Provider in Pennsylvania – Does that treatment work for cellulite?
Morpheus8 Body is FDA approved for body contouring and deep tissue remodeling but does not specifically address the root cause of cellulite. Morpheus8 uses radiofrequency and microneedling to denature the dermis and is widely used to address texture, skin laxity and can reduce the appearance of cellulite with maintenance. A series of 3 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart on the body, it is recommended to do an annual maintenance. Downtime can range from 4 – 6 weeks depending on treatment area. Morpheus8 Body is a treatment we’ve seen incredible results with for skin laxity and texture, so if your concern lies there, Morpheus8 may be the treatment for you!
I heard Exilis 360 is used for cellulite?
Exilis 360 is FDA-approved for smoothing skin. It does not more permanently address the dermis or fibrous septae. 4 treatments are required around 7-10 days apart for best results with required maintenance quarterly. It is excellent for stimulating collagen and can give the skin a tightened effect while temporarily reducing the fat cells. This is the least invasive option with ZERO downtime and is considered a vacation/red carpet ready event.
Have concerns about cellulite? We can help! Call La Chelè in Newtown, PA ,or New Hope, PA to schedule your complimentary consultation today at 215-862-6100!