Doctors say cellulite can be eliminated with laser technology

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Cellulite is nearly impossible to eliminate with diet and exercise alone, but there are new FDA approved treatments available for those seeking help.

Debbie White, 55, of West Meade, has been going to the Gold Skin Care Center in Green Hills once a month lately for laser treatments.

“I work out tremendously hard with my legs, but that last little bit that you just can’t get in the gym, I can get here,” said White.

Dr. Michael Gold, a dermatologist and owner of Gold Skin Care Center, told News 2 genetics and hormones primarily cause cellulite.

White is tightening her skin and getting rid of cellulite by using Venus Legacy, one of about five options at the center. Other lasers include the Apollo and the Vela Shape 3.

They are all used above the skin.

“All these devices work on the same premise that you can make cellulite better over a period of time by heating the skin,” said Dr. Gold.”They are not permanent fixes but they surely make cellulite go away and they all have FDA clearances for the improvement of cellulite.”

White said the treatments are quick, painless, and “like a warm massage.”

Dr. Gold said it costs about $200 to 400 per area, and many people will need at least four sessions and some maintenance treatments to get the best results.

“It’s an investment,” said White.

There are also more invasive options available, including Cellulaze, which is usually performed under local anesthesia. The patient is awake during the procedure, and once numb, a laser is inserted to target cellulite from under the skin.

“This one is a onetime treatment and by breaking up those connective tissue elements it supposedly is permanent,” said Dr. Mike Burgdorf, a plastic surgeon with Music City Plastic Surgery.

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He told News 2 the procedure costs thousands of dollars, but was approved by the FDA only three years ago, so it’s too soon to tell how effective it is.

“The jury is still out in my mind,” said Dr. Burgdorf. “I remain cautiously optimistic, but realistically skeptical.”

But cosmetic surgeon, Dr. John Bacon with Bacon MD Laser and Skincare is convinced it works. He said his patients are pleased with the results.

“They won’t wear shorts, they won’t wear bikinis, and after the treatment, yes people are comfortable wearing those kinds of garments,” said Dr. Bacon.

He said the results are based on expectations.

“If the cellulite is mild, then the improvement is generally about 90 percent, if the cellulite is moderate then the improvement will be about 70 percent, if it’s severe cellulite then we’re probably going to get about 50 percent improvement,” he said.

He said he thinks it is important to show patients pictures of those different degrees of severity and the outcome that they can expect.

Patients won’t notice improvements for about 5 to 6 weeks and the full results won’t be noticeable for about 6 months after the procedure, according to Dr. Bacon.

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