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Many women are plagued by cellulite, as this troubling skin imperfection affects more than 85 percent of women over the age of 20. Cellulite can be one of the most frustrating cosmetic setbacks because, despite what many people think, cellulite will not go away in response to exercising and dieting.

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Who can cellulite affect?

Cellulite can affect any woman at any age due to a number of factors, some of which include:

  • Genetics
  • Aging
  • Thickness of the skin
  • Skin elasticity
  • How the body distributes fat

With Cellulaze® treatment, the first FDA-approved laser system for the treatment of cellulite, you can have smooth, beautiful skin. Cellulaze works by reducing cellulite beneath the skin, unlike creams and lotions that work on the surface of your skin. To learn more about non-surgical treatments and our Cellulaze procedure in the greater San Francisco area, please call Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery at 650-249-3169.

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How Does Cellulaze Work?

Cellulaze is a non-surgical treatment that does not require the use of needles, general anesthesia or downtime. Unlike topical treatments and other remedies that claim to reduce cellulite, Cellulaze uses laser energy to penetrate the skin, eliminating cellulite at its core by breaking down its structural components. The “cottage cheese-like” appearance of cellulite is caused by a combination of trapped fat pockets, fibrous bands that become rigid and pull down on the skin and poor skin quality that lacks elasticity. By treating all three components simultaneously, Cellulaze delivers excellent results, leaving the skin smooth and cellulite-free.

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For most patients, the results can last a few years. With Cellulaze, you will notice an immediate difference, but it may take a few months before the most dramatic result is visible.

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Details of the Cellulaze procedure

Cellulaze treatment is performed using topical anesthesia or a numbing solution. Several small incisions are made on the surface of the skin through which a small tube (cannula) is inserted to deliver laser energy. The laser energy heats up fat cells until they melt, we then remove the resulting oily liquid. The laser energy also loosens the fibrous bands that stiffen and trap fat, and stimulates collagen production, thereby increasing the skin’s depth and elasticity for a smooth appearance. Treatment time is generally less than one hour.

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Who is a candidate for Cellulaze?

The most suitable candidates for Cellulaze are women who maintain a healthy weight, but struggle with cellulite deposits on the thighs, buttocks and abdomen. Individuals who are moderately overweight and plan to lose the excess pounds may not be suitable candidates for Cellulaze. San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck and his team determine each patient’s candidacy on a case-by-case basis.


Cellulaze does not require any downtime and patients usually achieve full recovery within one to two days. Mild bruising and swelling is common and subsides quickly. Small amounts of fluid may leak from the incision sites for a few hours after treatment. Some patients may be asked to wear a compression garment to facilitate healing. Treatment results are visible right away and continue to improve for the next three to 12 months.

Other Options

Cellulaze is not a weight loss solution; however, patients who struggle with stubborn, localized fat deposits often undergo SmartLipo in San Francisco. Our team is also a skilled San Francisco Zerona, liposuction and tummy tuck provider. We have helped many men and women from the Bay Area achieve a slim and more attractive figure using various technologically advanced body sculpting treatments.

A Word About Financing…

Cellulaze can be made very affordable through our partners at CareCredit. Visit them at www.carecredit.com. We would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.

Insurance Notes:

Cellulaze treatment is usually considered an aesthetic procedure and as such is not covered by insurance. We would be happy to assist you with any pre-certification if your insurance covers the procedure.

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