Plastic Surgery Channel Expert from San Francisco, Dr. Michael Kulick talks about cellulite explaining what it is and some new technology regarding its treatment.
Dr. Kulick, who is an expert in laser usage in surgery and non invasive techniques in plastic surgery, is at the cutting edge of some very important research being conducted in the field of plastic surgery. Being one of the few people to have done actual research on the treatment of cellulite, he has some unique insights and solutions to this problem faced by numerous women.
Cellulite is a term often misunderstood and one which people are often confused about. Cellulite is the dimpled skin caused by fat deposits that sit just below the surface of the skin. The most common areas for the occurrence of cellulite are the abdomen, pelvic region and the lower limbs. The most prevalent myth and misconception about cellulite is that it is the bulge in the lateral thigh, however, it is not the bulge but the unevenness of the skin and texture which is most often seen in the lateral thigh area. There are a lot of treatments and skin creams out there which claim to smoothen the skin and remove the dimpling; however, there are very few scientific studies that show that any of these treatments have a lasting impact. At the end of the day, patients want long lasting results and would want the problem not to recur.
Dr. Kulick talks about the cutting edge research that he has spearheaded. He just completed a test where he used a Smoothshapes device with 6 month follow up. For 6 months the skin stayed smooth without the help of smaller follow up procedures in the middle. In this study, patients received a total of 8 treatments performed by a nurse a Dr. Kulick’s office and did not require any anesthesia. He uses a very sophisticated analytical tool that compares the contour of the skin before and after treatment. Results of this study were published in the June 2010 issue of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. The results of the study showed that 75% of the patients had smoother thighs 6 months after their last treatment. There was a also a reduction in the thigh fat in the treated area. This is groundbreaking research as this is the first published study if its type using an analytical device to show an improvement in a period of 6 months. The size and weight of the patients did not matter and did not affect the results. In fact some of the study patients had put on weight at the 6 month follow up mark. While Dr. Kulick admits that the thighs of the patients were by no means absolutely flat, he states that there was a significant and very visible improvement in their look and texture.
Patients in the study were not charged due to the fact that it was part of a research study. Patients wanting a larger area to be treated could definitely undergo the treatment for their entire thigh area. This would require a circumferential treatment. There is a French study that is being conducted currently on circumferential treatment.
The cost of this technology is around $400 to $1200 depending the area that requires treatment. The treatment averages about 15-20 minutes per session and may take up to an hour at the very maximum. However, since the treatment is not invasive and is not painful, patients may choose to conduct simultaneous treatments one after the other.