CELLURASE | CELLULITE & STRETCH MARK REMOVAL
Cellulite is a chronic degenerative process in the subcutaneous fat layer which alters the texture of the skin.
Cellulite affects 85-90% of women over the age of 20. It is often genetic and gets worse with age. The main characteristics of cellulite are are widespread deep dimples and orange peel skin.
Cellurase treatment consists of 2 stages:
Injection lipolysis (breakdown of the fat by injecting Aqualyx)
Breakdown of connective tissue strands using the Cellurase blade.
In the standing position the dimples are marked. Then we lie you down and inject local anesthetic under the areas to be treated. A tiny blade is inserted and moved around to divide the connective tissue strands that cause the dimples and orange peel appearance.
WHAT IS CELLULITE?
Cellulite is the term for the formation of lumps and dimples in the skin. The appearance of ‘bumpy’ skin varies in shape and size and is present in over 80% of people over the age of 20. It can affect both men and women, however, is more common in females due to the different distributions of fat, muscle and connective tissue.
Grade 1 is mild. Orange peel appearance with between 1 and 4 superficial depressions and a slightly draped or sagging appearance of the skin.
Grade 2 is moderate. Usually between 5 and 9 medium-depth depressions, a dimply appearance and the skin appears moderately draped.
Grade 3 is severe. Usually a mattress appearance with 10 or more deep depressions and the skin is severely draped.
The depressions are caused by bands of fibrous connective tissue attached to the skin. Fat in the deeper layers under the skin is always enclosed in little compartments wrapped up by a thin sheath of connective tissue forming ‘fat parcels’.
Connective tissue is made of a network of collagen, elastin and other proteins. These fat pouches are literally suspended by collagen strands that attach to them. The surface of the skin is tethered directly to the superficial fascia below by longer and thicker collagen strands, these collagen strands are most responsible for the mattress cellulite appearance.
HOW DOES CELLUERASE WORK?
Celluerase involves breaking and releasing the fibres with a special microblade. The bands of fibrous connective tissue are separated by subcision allowing the skin to spring back resulting in a smoother appearance.
The results are immediate and once a specific depression is treated it should not need further treatment. Usually around 10 depressions can be treated in one session.
HOW POPULAR IS THIS TREATMENT?
This a is a brand new treatment in the UK. It has been used successfully in Europe for some time. We are one of the first clinics in the UK to offer this treatment. A practitioner must be medically qualified with experience in minor operations/procedures and must be a Doctor, Dentist or Nurse Prescriber.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY CONSULTATION?
During your consultation a detailed medical history will be taken, helping the medical specialist to determine whether the Celluerase treatment is an appropriate product/treatment for you to receive and whether it will help you achieve the results that you are looking for. This will also reduce the risk of any unwanted side effects from the treatment. During this consultation the potential risks and aftercare recommendations are discussed. You may also require this face to face assessment to determine how many peels you will require to achieve desired results.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY TREATMENT APPOINTMENT?
Patient lays down usually on front to expose cellulite, dignity and privacy is maintained. The area is cleansed thoroughly.
Numbing of treatment area
Local anaesthetic injections are administered to the treatment areas.
A sterile microblade called ‘CelluErase’ is used to separate the bands of fibrous connective tissue, allowing the skin to spring back resulting in a smoother appearance.
Cleaning & Dressing
The skin is cleansed and dressings applied.
WHAT’S THE AFTERCARE ADVICE?
Paracetamol may be required for tenderness. Patients are more comfortable and have less swelling when a compression garment is worn.
HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS LAST?
The treatment results are permanent. Occasionally only one treatment may be required. If cellulite is extensive it may be necessary to perform more than one treatment as there is a limit to the amount of local anaesthetic which can be used.
WHO IS NOT SUITABLE FOR THIS TREATMENT?
People who have soft cellulite
People who have bleeding disorders
People allergic to local anaesthetic
People who are pregnant or breast feeding
Infection at the injection site