Cellulite is a problem shared by many women (and men), old and young alike. It is indiscriminate, affecting those who are thin as well as those who are overweight.
Not only is cellulite unsightly, it can also wreak havoc on our self esteem and confidence, especially when wearing more revealing clothing like shorts, swimsuits or bikinis.
Dr. Jim Brantner, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon practicing in Johnson City, Tennessee, offers residents of the Tri-City areas a safe and effective solution. Read on to learn more…
What is Cellulite?
That noticeable “cottage-cheese” appearance often seen on the butts, thighs, and pelvic area is caused by fibrous bands of connective tissue, called septae. The skin puckers over these areas when the septae breaks down, allowing the normal layer of fat underneath to push up.
According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, “an estimated 85 to 90% of adult women suffer from cellulite. Further, the aging process can worsen the appearance of cellulite. As a natural part of aging, skin loses its elasticity. When this happens your skin is less able to resist irregular tension created by these fibrous bands, thus increasing the appearance of cellulite
Is there an effective treatment?
In the past, treatments ranged from expensive (and often ineffective) creams, to costly and invasive procedures such as liposuction or injections.
Fortunately, there are many new FDA approved treatments being offered by cosmetic surgeons that are safe, effective, and do not require invasive surgery.
New treatments that work
Some of these new and innovative treatments include:
- Cryolipolysis is a noninvasive procedure that freezes and kills fat cells. Dead cells are removed from the body naturally. Results can in three to four months with up to three treatments.
- Laser Treatments can help to break up those tough bands of tissue underneath the skin. Treatments also thicken the skin, increase blood flow, and stimulate collagen growth, resulting in an improved appearance lasting up to six months.
- Mechanical Massage, using a machine with low-pressure suction, kneads the skin with spinning rollers that help to break up the connective tissue that causes cellulite.
- Unfortunately, this procedure makes the skin appear better for only a short time.
Shockwave therapy is a lower energy version of the same technology used to dissolve kidney stones. This treatment is given twice per week over a span of six or more weeks but research is still being done to determine how long the results may last.
A Better Way to Treat Cellulite in the Tri-City, TN Area
For residents of the Tri-city, TN area there is new hope in the battle against unsightly cellulite.
Dr. Jim Brantner, a board-certified plastic surgeon who practices in Johnson City, Tennessee’s premier cosmetic surgery center, offers a gentle, non-invasive procedure called ThermiSmooth Body® to combat cellulite.
ThermiSmooth Body® uses patented heat technology to take care of stubborn body fat with no recovery time or surgery necessary. It reduces sagging and improves tone and smoothness while reducing or eliminating cellulite dimples.
Ready to learn more? Call our office and let us help you lose that stubborn cellulite today!