The Surprising Truth About Cellulite:
The cause of cellulite is now known by the medical establishment, and the truth may come as a surprise to many people. Literally speaking, cellulite is not caused by fat. It is a condition of the skin, and it can happen to people of all shapes and sizes, although it is far more common in women than in men, due to hormonal factors and differences in skin and connective tissue structure. Of course, excess fat only exacerbates the problem, as it pushes up on the surrounding skin.
Why We Get It:
Underneath the surface of your skin, there are bands of fibrous connective tissue (called septae) which lie perpendicular to the skin’s surface, and are connected to the fascia overlying your muscular and skeletal structure. When hormonal fluctuations and age cause these septae to contract and harden, they pull down on the surface of the skin, creating the dimpling we know as cellulite. This is why cellulite exists on women of all sizes, and why it tends to appear and worsen at times of great hormonal changes.
Rejuveskin is the proprietary name for a recently developed surgical treatment for cellulite. The surgery employs the use of a special instrument, called a dermasector, to cut and release the hardened septae responsible for the dimpling effect. Following the surgical release of the septae, any remaining dimpling in the treated area is filled with tissue grafts harvested from the patients own body.
Who Is a Good Candidate:
The best candidates for this procedure are women between the ages of 30-49 who are not obese and who are in generally good health. It is intended for women whose problem with cellulite persists despite their best efforts at diet and exercise.
Risks & Complications:
Though the procedure is touted by its creators as less invasive than liposuction, it is still a surgical procedure. Therefore, all the usual surgical risks apply, including bleeding, infection, scarring, anesthesia risks, and dissatisfaction with the outcome. You may also need a second surgery to achieve the desired results.
Costs for this procedure average between $3000-$4500, depending on the size of the areas being treated, and the amount of cellulite present.
What to Expect After Surgery:
You can expect a general feeling of tightness in the treated area, as well as swelling, which usually lasts 7-10 days, and bruising, which can last anywhere from 2-8 weeks. To help with swelling during this time, you will wear a compression garment which is similar to bicycle shorts.
In the majority of cases, results appear to be permanent. However, since this is still a relatively new procedure, no long term scientific data is yet available.
Other Things to Consider:
Although its creators claim a 90% rate of patient satisfaction, as with all other cosmetic surgeries, there are no guarantees. It is also important to understand that this procedure will not remove 100% of your cellulite. Nor will any other procedure or treatment, for that matter. While a few patients have reported up to an 80-90% improvement, the average is about 60-70% improvement. You may experience more or less improvement.
How It's Done:
The patient is first marked for surgery, which is performed via a few tiny incisions which are hidden in the natural body creases below the buttocks or in the groin area. Next, the surgeon harvests the patient’s own tissue for later grafts. The harvested tissue is then washed and specially treated to promote graft acceptance. Then the dermasector is inserted through the incisions and moved around under the skin in order to cut and release the septae which are pulling down on the skin.
The tissue grafts are now placed into the area to replace the severed septae and fill in any remaining dimpled areas. The area is then manually smoothed out by the surgeon. Finally, the incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures.