Cellulite is a condition that affects the vast majority of women. Although it is of no danger to one’s overall health, cellulite can be psychosocially debilitating. Consequently, much research has been devoted to understanding cellulite and its etiopathogenesis. With additional insights into the underlying causes of its clinical presentation, therapeutic modalities have been developed that offer hope to cellulite sufferers. This review examines evidence for topical treatments, noninvasive energy-based devices, and recently developed minimally invasive interventions that may finally provide a solution.
Semin Cutan Med Surg 34:140-143 © 2015 Frontline Medical Communications
In our experience, patients tend to consider any undesirable feature on their body from the knees to the umbilicus, and even the arms, to be cellulite. It is important to educate prospective patients that Cellfina (Ulthera, Inc, Mesa, Arizona) most effectively treats dimple-type cellulite, whereby fibrous bands inserting into the undersurface of the skin cause a puckered appearance. In this brief communication, we would like to share our experience in optimizing outcomes with Cellfina for the treatment of cellulite.
Semin Cutan Med Surg 34:144-146 © 2015 Frontline Medical Communications
Aging of the hands results from both natural processes and chronic ultraviolet light exposure. Together, these cause textural and pigmentary changes, excess skin laxity, rhytides, and soft tissue atrophy that presents as prominent bones and tendons with easily visible veins. Many options are available for the reversal of these changes. Photoaging can be improved with chemical peels and light-based treatments (such as Q-switched lasers), resurfacing lasers, intense pulsed light, and photodynamic therapy. Soft tissue atrophy can be corrected with autologous fat, nonanimal stabilized hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L lactic acid injections. The literature shows that these treatments have favorable outcomes for most patients; but in order to reduce known complications, it is important to understand the proper use and limitations of each modality.
Semin Cutan Med Surg 34:147-152 © 2015 Frontline Medical Communications