Millions of women suffer from cellulite, a dimpling of the skin caused by uneven fat cells under the skin and seen most often around the thighs and buttocks. Even thin women can have cellulite and many have struggled for years to rid themselves of the 'cottage cheese' appearance. New treatments are available to reduce the appearance of cellulite and restore confidence in smooth, healthy skin.
Beauty Tech Review: Cellulite Reduction
"We know that cellulite involves multiple layers of the skin, including fat cells that are in an abnormal location in the dermis as well as an irregular arrangement down in the deeper fat layer of the tissue," says renowned New York dermatologist Dr. Neil Sadick. "So, by having a newer technology like Reaction by Viora that can target both mid-dermal as well as subcutaneous fat cell targets - and also be able to heat the surrounding septum around fat cells - we are able to produce a more effective cellulite outcome for our patients."
Reaction by Viora differs from other cellulite reduction treatments because it is fully adjustable. "Well, what's really new and exciting about it is that there are multiple frequencies that can target both more superficial tissue as well as deeper tissue. So you can have high intensity, deeper penetrating, again, you can have higher intensity superficial frequencies that target the dermis and you can also have more volumetric or deep bulk heating of deeper tissue in the fat layer. So the ability to target all of the different layers with differential radio frequencies is one of the major advances in terms of this technology," says Dr. Sadick.
Reaction by Viora Results of Dr. Neil Sadick
He also says that this treatment is really appropriate for all saying that it can be used by "any woman that wants improvement of her cellulite and wants to move to the next level with a more advanced technology.... You can improve all patients with all clinical classification types of cellulite. Certainly those who have the more milder/moderate classifications of cellulite will do best but even those that have more significant cellulite or grade 3 or 4 can benefit from this type of treatment modality."
Multiple treatments are needed to see the final result. As Dr. Sadick describes, "Usually we recommend about 3-5 treatment sessions to see optimization. We are presently beginning a study looking at the optimal treatment parameters and again the optimal number of treatments that can be utilized to get the most efficacious results. In addition to that we know that cellulite is an ongoing issue so there is some degree of maintenance program that's necessary as well. Our research group in New York is also looking at new again pathophysiologic mechanisms of cellulite how the fat cells are different in terms of blood flow, lymphatic drainage and other metabolic parameters in the fat cells associated with cellulite so we're looking at new ways to really look at the science of cellulite and better target such as Viora that will give more efficacious outcomes as far as treatment."
Reaction by Viora Results of Dr. Neil Sadick
Patients are able to see results relatively soon and regular maintenance is simple. "I think most people see significant results after two or three treatment sessions and most individuals have continued improvement for approximately 6 months and they will require a single maintenance treatment to continue the outcome." He says that patients should return for follow up treatment every six months.
Dr. Sadick says that Reaction can be used in conjunction with other methods to improve results. "Well if you have cellulite by itself you can use it as the sole modality there are new again, mesotherapy or injectable lipolysis type of treatments that are now being researched by companies such as Ulthera and Kythera as well. We are working on a new scientific injectable product also that can induce lipolysis so I think at some point you will see combination treatments including injectable fat dissolution again in conjunction with these types of radio frequency heating sources that again remold the fat cell as well as tighten the connective tissues - stroma around the fat cell - and then push the fat cells back down to their normal subcutaneous compartment where they belong. Combination therapy will probably in the future be utilized to give optimized outcomes."
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Neil Sadick, MD, FAAD, FAACS, FACP, FACPh, is one of the most well known dermatologist and researcher of the industry and his discoveries have strongly influenced and transformed the future of dermatology. Dr. Sadick's prestigious list of titles range from Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College, to President of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation, Member of the Board of Examiners for the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, to Global Medical Advisor for Christian Dior Beauty. Dr. Sadick holds four board certifications in Dermatology, Cosmetic Surgery, Internal Medicine, and Hair Transplantation. Currently, Dr. Sadick is the founder of Sadick Dermatology in New York.
Dr. Neil Sadick
American Health and Beauty, in an effort to provide the most up-to-date information to our readers, presents the Beauty Tech Review. The next installment in this ongoing series discusses Cellulite Reduction technology. Join American Health and Beauty editor, Keith Veseleny, as he speaks with leading physicians who share their knowledge on each cellulite reduction platform.
The Beauty Tech Review: Cellulite Reduction - will include: Dr. Neil Sadick on Reaction by Viora, Dr. Hema Sundaram on Velashape and Dr. Leyda Bowes on SmoothShapes.
Previous Beauty Tech Reviews have included the following topics: Laser Lipoloysis, Fractional Resurfacing and Body Contouring.