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Reported June 5, 2012

Sayonara Cellulite? The New Laser Treatment

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) --Creams, compression garments, even coffee grinds! According to Dr. Roger Bassin, 80 percent of women past puberty have cellulite and many have tried just about everything to get rid of it. Now just in time for swimsuit season, we’ll show you a new FDA approved device that can zap it away in minutes.

What do hail damage, cottage cheese and orange peel have in common? They’re all slang for cellulite.

"It’s just very frustrating," Pam told Ivanhoe

"I was just always self-conscious of it," Kate said.

Kate and Pam say the bumps and lumps on the back of their thighs are always in the back of their minds. When they hit the shore…

"Usually I cover up," Pam said.

"I was the mommy on the beach with a skirt on the whole time," Kate added.

They’ve spent thousands on treatments and gimmicks, but nothing’s worked. They hope a new laser treatment will.

"This is something we’ve been waiting a long time for," Dr. Roger Bassin, a cosmetic surgeon told Ivanhoe.

Dr. Bassin says Cellulaze, which was recently approved by the FDA, uses a laser to do three things. It melts fat just under the skin, cuts the bands that cause the bulges and gets the skin to thicken and tighten. Pam underwent the one-hour treatment.

"You don’t even feel like he’s doing anything," Pam said

Kate had the procedure a month earlier. Three weeks later…

"The little bits that were all lumpy and bumpy have all smoothened out," Kate said.

Results of a two-year study show Cellulaze increases skin thickness and elasticity. Dr. Bassin says the trial also showed there was no recurrence of cellulite after two years. That’s why he believes it’s a permanent solution.

"I’m excited not to wear a sarong all summer," Kate said.

"I’m definitely wearing my bikini, I will not cover up!" Pam concluded.

Dr. Bassin says costs for Cellulaze vary by region, but you’ll probably pay $2.500 to $3,000 per zone. So if you get the front, side, and rear of your thighs done, you’re looking at $7,500 to $9,000.

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