Cellulite. If you’re like 80-90% of women, you’re intimately familiar with this variation in skin texture on your stomach, buttocks, and thighs. Despite the fact that it’s a nearly universal – and, dare I say it, normal – condition, for decades women have been trying creams, exercises, and even liposuction to try to reduce the appearance of dimpled skin. Of course, none of these treatments actually works – in fact, sometimes they can make the appearance of cellulite worse. Not to worry. Doctors may have finally found a “cure” for this non-condition.
For around $6500, you can try a new procedure aimed at smoothing out your totally normal body. Cellulaze is a new method of treating cellulite that is performed by plastic surgeons. After injecting an anesthetic into your buttock or thigh, a doctor will insert a laser into a number of incisions in your skin and use it to melt fat cells and cut through the underlying connective tissue which causes the appearance of cellulite. As far as doctors know, the treatment appears to be permanent.
It’s not without side effects, of course. Many women experience swelling, bruising, and numbness in the affected areas for months. They may even have to have accumulated fluid repeatedly drained from their legs. One woman told the New York Times that her treatment backfired, resulting in indentations in her skin that “look like they were carved out with a potato peeler.” $6500 or more seems like a lot of money to pay for a procedure which might leave you scarred for life.
What do Care2 readers think of Cellulaze? Waste of money? Another way to make women feel horrible about their bodies? Or a medical breakthrough?
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