Creams, machines, lotions and potions ... women have tried almost everything to get rid of cellulite.
"I've been up and down with my weight so it doesn't matter how thin I get, it doesn't matter how much I work out," Kate says. "I still have the really, really bad cellulite."
Kate's not alone. Women spend $12 million a year on products and treatments that promise to battle the bulge, but none have proven to be a permanent fix … until now. The FDA just approved the Cellulaze device.
"Now we finally have something that can alter the anatomy of cellulite," Roger Bassin, M.D., of The Bassin Center For Plastic Surgery, explains.
Dr. Bassin is the first doctor in Central Florida to use the Cellulaze, a laser that targets the root cause of cellulite.
Cellulite happens when fibrous bands connecting the skin and muscle stiffen, and the fat cells between them enlarge and push the skin up, creating a dimpled effect. The Cellulaze laser is placed just underneath the skin where it melts and smoothes the fat and then breaks up those bands.
"Then we're going to put heat into the skin so it thickens and becomes more elastic," Dr. Bassin explains.
It takes just one session to get results.
"Patients do have some bruising, which will last up to 7 to 10 or 12 days, which is typical bruising," Dr. Bassin says.
The cost is about $3,500 for the first zone and two-thousand for each additional zone. But for patients like Kate, the price is well worth it.
"It's going to be fabulous," Kate says.