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results after only one session.
Moreover, results last six months or
longer compared to other options that
require more visits.
TriActive is a painless, non-med-ical laser. It combines a low-energy
laser to enhance blood circulation
with mechanical massage to stimulate and tighten tissue. It works best
if patients initially undergo 10 to 12
treatments weekly with monthly
maintenance treatment thereafter.
The cost is $80-150 for a 30-minute
treatment. It is a non-invasive
machine that helps loosen the septa
radio frequency with rollers that
manipulate tissue. This sends heat
into the tissue more deeply than
existing treatments to help break
down fat within cells and shrink the
cells. Due to the device’s high energy
level, treatments must be performed
or supervised by a doctor, according to
Dr. Mary Lee Amerian, a Los Angeles
dermatologist who has participated in
the clinical trials of VelaSmooth.
Patients typically undergo 45-
minute treatments twice a week for
about six weeks. Skin improvements
usually last about six months.
Washington Institute of Dermatologic
Laser surgery in Washington D. C.,
and a professor at Georgetown
University, School of Medicine,
VelaSmooth is an improvement over
Endermologie. Patients also need
monthly follow-ups to maintain the
results. Noninvasive skin treatment
devices are classified in Table I.
Table 1: Noninvasive Skin Treatment Devices
Here’s a look at some of the new devices that reportedly treat cellulite.
Hand-held device that kneads the skin
FDA Approved for
Intense pulsed light Broadband light
Bipolar radiofrequency, infrared light,
Rhytides and wrinkles
Alma Accent RF
Unipolar and bipolar radiofrequency
Rhytides and wrinkles
Low fluence 810nm diode laser
and vacuum massage
Vacuum massage +/- 660-880nm
probe or 880-nm light pad
and improve the circulation. It combines skin suction with a cool diode
laser and was approved by the FDA
Other treatments include:
Ultrasound—The Ultrashape is a
non-FDA approved device that has
been recently shown to reduce fat.
Carboxy Therapy—Carbon dioxide is injected into the subcutaneous
tissue. This treatment affects fat cells
VelaSmooth— A well-accepted
device by doctors but it has limitations. It combines infrared light and
Monthly treatments are needed to
maintain the benefits. Most people do
not find the treatments painful. The
cost is $200 per treatment. It uses
radio frequency waves to break up fat
and infra red heat to improve circulation. The makers of this device say it
eliminates the appearance of cellulite,
improves blood flow and softens fat. It
is non-invasive and helps loosen the
septa and improve circulation. FDA
cleared the device in 2005 for the
temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite.
According to Dr. Tina Alster of the
The causes of cellulite are poorly
understood, but it is safe to conclude
that collagen breakdown may play a
role. There are many treatments, with
While the FDA has approved massage and combined laser/massage
therapies, note that these costly and
time-consuming treatments are
approved only for the temporary
decrease in the appearance of cellulite
and require ongoing treatments to
maintain any improvements.
The most effective way to treat cellulite is through diet and exercise.
This way you can impact the fat that
makes its way through the net of
fibrous tissue that makes up the skin
to cause several small granular
swellings or domes. To effectively
reduce cellulite remember to watch
your diet, eat fresh and natural foods,
drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, limit the consumption of caffeine and alcohol, avoid high fat foods,
get plenty of fiber, stop smoking,
avoid unnecessary medications and
get plenty of exercise to keep the body
as taunt and smooth as possible.
1. Euromonitor International.
2. Evidence based assessment of
cellulite treatments, M. Wanner, M.
Avaram MD, J. Drugs in Dermatology,
April 2008, Vol. 7, Issue 4 (table).
3. L. Johannes, Aches and Claims,
Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2008.