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Genetic Test Helps Predict Cellulite Formation

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 22, 2010

As swimsuit season approaches, many women are self-conscious about cellulite and unsightly bulges. While cellulite generally does not disappear on its own, there are a number of body shaping and cellulite reduction treatments available at medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country. Doctors point out that lifestyle changes and dietary habits are often necessary to prevent cellulite from occurring in the first place, and researchers now claim that they have developed a test that can predict cellulite formation.

DermaGenoma, Inc., has released the CelluliteDX Genetic Test for Moderate to Severe Cellulite (gynoid lipodystrophy) which can help doctors predict if a patient is at a high risk for developing Nurnberger-Muller grade 2 or greater cellulite. Results of this test will allow the doctor to develop an effective plan to reduce the appearance of cellulite, or prevent additional cellulite from forming. The cellulite treatment plan may include therapy, lifestyle changes, and changes in medication choices, such as avoiding hormone replacement therapy or birth control for a certain period of time. In some cases, laser therapy can help improve the texture and tone of the skin, and also slow down or stop the development of severe cellulite.

Dr. Enzo Emanuele, MD, Research fellow at the University of Pavaia, Italy, points out “Even though cellulite affects a large percentage of women, very few scientific studies have attempted to understand the underlying molecular and physiological basis. Our study of cellulite is a breakthrough in the understanding of the cause of cellulite, and ushers an era of new potential therapies for cellulite.” (Source:

The CelluliteDX system determines the presence or absence of a certain gene which predisposes the individual to developing cellulite. A positive testing means that the individual has a 70% chance of developing moderate to severe cellulite during their lifetime.

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Reaction by Viora Enters New Markets Around the Globe

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 12, 2010

The Reaction device by Viora is designed to treat loose and sagging skin, and may also help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

The device makes use of radio frequency energy to reduce fatty deposits embedded under the skin’s surface, and also tightens the skin to create a contoured, smoother appearance. The device was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recently, and it is now entering new markets around the globe, including Argentina and various parts of Europe.

Dr. Mario Fuks, a dermatologist who uses the Reaction device in his Argentina office, recently interviewed with the beauty editor of American Health and Beauty to discuss the benefits of the device. Dr. Fuks reports, “It’s an excellent machine for cellulite, very easy to use, and the results are amazing…it’s a very powerful system for skin tightening, and you get noticeable results after just one treatment…I was surprised at how quickly I was able to reach the optimal temperature for treating cellulite. It’s much faster than other comparable systems.”

The Reaction by Viora device promises painless sculpting and toning, and can be adjusted to reach different depths of the skin depending on how much fat is present near the skin’s surface. The device can be used as a skin tightening treatment, because the thermal effect helps reach deep down into the skin’s layers and increases collagen production at a deeper level. The technology integrates different frequencies to target different areas of the body, including the buttocks, stomach, hips, thighs, arms, face and neck.

Each treatment lasts about 25 to 35 minutes, and most people need to undergo at least four to six treatments in order to see significant results. Patients are also advised to eat a well-balanced diet and maintain a consistent exercise regimen in order to promote fat loss and maintain results.

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Reaction Body Contouring Device Receives Health Canada Certification

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 26, 2010

Today’s innovative cellulite treatments include procedures such as VelaSmooth and Endermologie, but these treatments typically don’t provide permanent results.

A new device that makes use of radiofrequency energy may soon become available at more medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the United States, and promises exceptional results with its innovative vacuum therapy and radiofrequency system.

The Viora Reaction device is a brand new cellulite treatment system that has recently received Health Canada certification. The device is designed with a CORE technology that delivers a combination of vacuum therapy and variable radiofrequency energy into the skin tissues, increasing blood circulation to the problem area and helping to break down stubborn fatty deposits that cause cellulite.

According to Viora’s CEO Josef Luzon, “We are confident in the Reaction’s ability to bring a true revolution in body contouring treatments and we are witness to incredible results every day.”

Patients who underwent the testing phase for the Viora Reaction system reported an 81 percent improvement in skin laxity and wrinkles, and a 55 percent improvement in the appearance of cellulite.

The procedure is non-invasive and most patients can expect to see results after just a single treatment. However, a series of treatments is recommended, as the skin can resume its original state within a few weeks without further intervention. The Viora Reaction device can be used on several different areas of the body including the legs, stomach, buttocks, face, hips and thighs. Most patients need to undergo at least six to eight sessions that last about 20 to 30 minutes each in order to see results.

The device has received FDA clearance in the United States, but is currently only available at select medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country. In addition to undergoing regular treatments, the patient needs to eat a healthy diet and maintain a consistent exercise regimen.

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Fat Transplantation May Reduce Cellulite

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 30, 2009

celluliteWomen of all ages continue to wage war against cellulite. The unsightly bulges and dimpled skin that results from trapped fat cells under the skin’s surface can prevent even the leanest woman from achieving a sculpted and toned appearance.

Since diet and exercise rarely eliminate the problem, surgery or cellulite treatments may be the only effective way to lose the cellulite for good.

The December 2008 issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal recently reported on an innovative ‘combo’ treatment that involves laser energy and fat transplantation for reshaping the body and reducing cellulite.  The technique can be used on several problem areas including the buttocks, thighs, hips and stomach.

The procedure involves heating up the skin with a laser device to trigger collagen production, the essential compound that helps preserve skin elasticity and naturally tightens up the skin.  For this study, the Nd: YAG laser was used so that the tissues could begin contracting and collagen production could occur at a rapid pace.  After the laser treatment, the surgeon would fill in the depressed areas of the skin with the patient’s own body fat; this helped create a smooth, sculpted appearance and virtually eliminated the appearance of cellulite.

The Aesthetic Surgery Journal is published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and this combination procedure was listed as one of several ‘proven’ procedures for treating cellulite. Results of the study indicate that nearly 85% of patients enjoyed ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ results up to three years after the initial procedure.

Other popular cellulite treatments currently available in the United States include the Velasmooth non-invasive procedure, lower body lift surgery, endermologie and injection lipolysis.

The combination treatment is designed only for cases of severe cellulite, and is not necessarily a vanity procedure like Velasmooth and other non-invasive treatments.  The YAG laser does have its risks and drawbacks, and may not be suitable for all skin types.  Still, fat injections can make a significant difference in the outcome of the cellulite procedure.

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Beauty Report Encourages Eating Low Acid Foods to Combat Cellulite

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 15, 2008

alkalineGetting rid of cellulite is no easy affair for the thousands of women that have unsightly patches of cellulite on their thighs, hips and buttocks. Cellulite reduction treatments claim to break down the fatty tissue accumulation in these problem areas and improve circulation so that the body can stop storing fat and get rid of the toxins and waste tissues naturally. However, some experts say that the risk factor of developing cellulite increases with an inadequate diet.

According to Professional Beauty of the UK, cellulite can be the result of ongoing hormonal fluctuations where the body retains excess amounts of water and accumulates body fat on a regular basis. Many hormonal fluctuations related to pregnancy, the monthly menstrual cycle and even the shifts that occur while taking oral contraceptives can lead to the accumulation of toxic waste products in the body which can become ‘stuck’ in the tissues. Over time, this can lead to a number of side effects including tissue swelling and inflammation, but this process may also be the underlying cause of cellulite.

A recent report issued by Professional Beauty points out the importance of drinking water regularly to flush out toxins naturally and to eat a natural or whole-foods based diet that support the overall health of the body. Eating low alkaline and low acid foods is especially important for maintaining a healthy pH balance and metabolism.

The report lists a number of low-acid foods that need to be incorporated into every diet in order to reduce the risk of cellulite. Fruits and vegetables such as brussel sprouts, cauliflower, tangerines, tomatoes, raw celery, molasses, millet, green beans, cucumber and blackberries are considered to be ‘alkaline ash foods’ and may help control the amount of acid the body produces during the digestive process.

In addition to modifying the diet, the report encourages body brushing to stimulate the circulation and soaking in a mineral-rich salt bath at least once per week.


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Are Cellulite Treatments Too Good to Be True?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 7, 2008

If you’ve thought about getting rid of cellulite with some of today’s non-invasive procedures, you may already have stumbled across the VelaSmooth system, SmartLipo and other highly-advertised procedures on the market.

Getting rid of cellulite without surgery has been deemed possible by many medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers, procedures that promise to ‘melt’ fat cells, recontour the body and improve the skin’s appearance.  Some of these treatments promote a proven ‘circumferential reduction’ – not necessarily blasting away fat cells – while others are designed to boost circulation and increase collagen production so that the skin appears healthier and more toned.

Critics of these treatments suggest that the cellulite reduction plan is just a hoax.  The Wall Street Journal highlights Dr. Robert A. Weiss’s response to the cellulite trends, indicating that fancy massagers and ‘cellulite-fighting’ treatments do nothing for melting the fat cells or getting rid of cellulite.

Still, industry researchers report that demand for these procedures will exceed $200 million by 2012, and consumers continue to flock to medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers for the latest cellulite fix.

Eleme Medical, the maker of SmoothShapes cellulite treatments explains how the procedure works in this brief video:

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RioBlush C02 Injections Could Melt Away Cellulite

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 11, 2008

Radiofrequency treatments such as Velasmooth and fat removal procedures such as SmartLipo continue to be popular alternatives to liposuction, but some doctors are promoting C02 injections as a way to get rid of cellulite for good.

C02 therapy, otherwise known as carboxytherapy, involves injecting the skin with C02 gas to trigger collagen production.  This improves the texture and tone of the skin and may even break down the layer of superficial fat that causes a dimpled appearance.

Collagen is produced by the body but the rate of production often diminishes with age.  Without extra collagen to support the skin tissue, the skin begins to sag and droop.  Loose, weak skin also makes the body more vulnerable to accumulating cellulite, but this situation can be improved with the help of C02 therapy.

The RioBlush System is one treatment now available in the U.S., and involves injecting small volumes of heated gas deep into the fatty tissues.  It has already been used for facial rejuvenation to sculpt and contour sagging facial tissues, but shows promise for other parts of the body as well.  C02 therapy is a relatively painless procedure and patients can return to regular activities immediately afterwards.

According to Dr. Yan Trokel, a New York-based cosmetic surgeon who has been using carboxytherapy in cellulite treatments, C02 therapy can also be combined with radiofrequency technology for enhanced benefits.

Dr. Trokel recently interviewed with  Cosmetic Surgery Times, stating that ‘The combination of CO2 and radiofrequency (RF) energy in particular yields excellent results,’ Dr. Trokel says. He typically staggers eight weekly treatments of each, using VelaShape (Syneron; Yokneam, Israel) on Monday and carboxytherapy on Thursday, for example.”

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