About Cellulite Reduction

Individuals with cellulite that is visible can often feel embarrassed and lose confidence when wearing shorts or other clothing where the legs are exposed. When pockets of cellulite form under the skin, the result is a bumpy, uneven skin texture that looks uneven and unappealing. While liposuction can sometimes help reduce the appearance of cellulite, it is certainly not a cure all procedure, and in many situations, patients simply do not want to have surgery.

Cellulite reduction treatments use radiofrequency energy are a noninvasive way to treat cellulite and attain a smoother skin appearance. By using radiofrequency, heat is applied to the cellulite to tighten skin and eliminate the fat cells, which helps improve body contours. Manhattan cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Rothaus, offers the advanced EndyMed and ThermiSmooth 250 technologies, which are both used for cellulite treatment and cellulite reduction.

Procedure Technique

Cellulite reduction treatments are noninvasive. During the procedure, the hand held device safely moves over the skin, which is first prepared with a gel for smooth gliding. The heat produced by the radiofrequency energy works to tighten the skin and induce apoptosis, which means fat cell death. Over the course of days and weeks, the body naturally eliminates these dead cells, leaving the skin to have smoother, more attractive contour.

Endymed And Thermismooth

Our New York City plastic surgery office, offers two state-of-the-art technologies for patients desiring cellulite reduction. We are proud to have both the EndyMed bipolar RF device, as well as the ThermiSmooth-250 monopolar RF device in-house to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Both devices work in similar ways. The EndyMed’s patented ‘3DEEP’ technology and ThermiSmooth’s advanced RF heat help tighten the skin, which improves the appearance of dimples and grooves caused by cellulite. The collagen production created by these devices continues to assist in smoothing the skin over time.  Secondly, they both cause a reduction in the underlying fat which also improves the appearance of the cellulite.

Most treatments take about 3/4 -1 hour, depending on how many areas are being treated and the size of each area. Patients normally return to get additional cellulite reduction treatments once a week for 6 – 8 weeks, until they have achieved their desired results.

After Treatment

For the first couple of days following a cellulite reduction treatment, the patient may see mild swelling and redness, but this should subside quickly. We tell patients that results will not be noticeable immediately, but the full impact of this treatment typically takes about 6 months. Over time, patients notice a reduction in the appearance of cellulite and skin dimpling, and an improvement in the contour and suppleness of their skin.

What Exactly Is Cellulite?

Cellulite is the dimpled, lumpy flesh that appears on the outer thighs, hips, butt, and abdomen. While the appearance of cellulite is more common among women, it can definitely also be found in men. The exact cause of why cellulite forms is unclear, but many researchers believe fat herniates between fibrous bands that run between the skin and the underlying fascia. The fat accounts for the bulge and the skin tented down by the fibrous band for the dimple.  It is a myth that cellulite is only found on those who are overweight. Cellulite can be found on both thin and overweight bodies, and while it is not considered a serious medical condition, it is aesthetically unattractive and undesirable.

Plan Your Procedure

Recovery Time: 2-5 Days
Average Procedure Time: 1-2 Hours
Procedure Recovery Location: Out-Patient