Cellulite Treatment

You may not realize it, but a potential cellulite patient has already entered your practice. The patient population for cellulite is estimated to include 85% or more of all women. This market potential is magnified by the fact that 90% of all aesthetic procedures are performed on women.

Treating cellulite has historically been a challenge—past and current modalities offer short-term results and low patient satisfaction rates. But minimally invasive laser procedures that treat the three structural problems of cellulite may provide your patients with the long-term success they’re seeking—and could benefit your practice.

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Targeting Core Structural Defects Beneath the Skin’s Surface

Cellulite is a multi-faceted condition and is caused by various physiological and hormonal factors.

Depending upon the procedure and specific technique used, the primary goal of the treatment is to target the core structural defects of cellulite underneath the skin to cause structural changes below the skin’s surface.

Core structural defects include:

  • herniated pockets of fat
  • fibrous septae
  • thinning dermis

Cellulite Treatment Options

  • Minimally Invasive: Unlike other treatments that treat cellulite from the outside-in, minimally invasive procedures treat the structural defects that cause the appearance of cellulite. Examples include: mesotherapy, subcision, and the unique laser platform, Cellulaze.

    is the only one-time, minimally invasive laser treatment with proven clinical data showing long lasting results up to 3 years.1 Its side-firing fiber treats the leading structural causes of the appearance of cellulite.(see Figure1).
  • Noninvasive: These include creams, massage, RF energy, laser energy, or a combination of an energy delivery system and some form of massage or tissue manipulation. Treatment regimens vary based on the treatment modality, but many of the noninvasive treatments require 4–8 treatments over a period of time and additional maintenance treatments.

Figure 1. Fibrotic Septae Remodeling

Fibrotic Septae Remodeling


1DiBernardo, Barry E., MD. Cellulite Treatment Using the ND:YAG 1440-nm Wavelength Laser With Side-Firing Fiber: Three-Year Follow-Up. Plastic Surgery Pulse News. 2013; vol 5;1.

Before And After

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What is the market opportunity?

Cellulite affects 88 million women in the US (between ages 20–54).1 Approximately 85% of women suffer from cellulite, and approximately 37% of women with cellulite would have a minimally invasive procedure to treat it.2,3

Is the market demand for cellulite treatments expected to grow in our current economy?

The market for minimally invasive treatments grew by 6% in 2012.4 This growing market opportunity makes treating cellulite an excellent option for those who are looking to grow and differentiate their practice and meet the patient demand for more treatment options.

How many treatments are required to see a result?
Noninvasive treatments may require up to 8 or more treatments to see results. Minimally invasive treatments may require 1–2 treatments. Cellulaze is a one-time procedure with clinical results maintained at 3 years post-op.5

1US Census Bureau, International Programs Center, International Data Base.
2Avram, MM. Cellulite: A review of physiology and treatment. Journal of Cosmetic Laser Therapy. 2004; 6:181–185.
3Survey of 1000 women conducted by Waggener Edstrom on behalf of Cynosure.
42012 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
5DiBernardo, Barry E., MD. Cellulite Treatment Using the ND:YAG 1440-nm Wavelength Laser With Side-Firing Fiber: Three-Year Follow-Up. Plastic Surgery Pulse News. 2013; vol 5;1.

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