| By Stephanie Davis Smith |
Sadly, no amount of exercise or eating right can cure cellulite. But new technology battles the bulge in unique ways. The city’s top dimple docs reveal three secret weapons for gorgeous gams.
rx This brand-new procedure is a three-fold fixer-upper. First, a thin, next-generation Smartlipo MPX laser is inserted under the skin and waved back and forth to disconnect the connective tissue between the skin’s surface and muscle. This scar tissue is the culprit behind your dimples (i.e. cellulite). Next, the laser melts the fatty pockets in the area. Finally, the laser runs under the skin to tighten the area and help recreate collagen. the science The new Smartlipo MPX laser is a step above its previous incarnation which is used predominantly to melt fat, but not erase cellulite. whodunit Dr. Jay Kulkin, the only laser expert who has this technology in the Southeast, feels like A few bee stings where the anesthetic is injected into the area. Then, after numbing, it’s a slight pressure during the laser wand waving. You can email and text the whole time. looks like Panels of bruising last for up to two weeks. results A smoother skin surface within a week. Noticeable difference by three weeks. Early data reveals results last up to 1 and 2 years. downtime You’ll be up right away and can drive yourself home. cost Ranges from $3,000 to $4,000 per area 1140 Hammond Drive, 404.832.0300, wifh.com
Carbossi and Mesotherapy
rx Mesotherapy is designed to burn fat and provide a tighter skin tone. It combines 56 of the most effective ingredients for skin rejuvenation. Combined with Carbossi—a treatment where carbon dioxide gas is injected under the skin to cause tightening of the skin—it is a super way to reduce fat tissue. the science Powerful ingredients are injected to metabolize fat deposits and tone the skin. It’s like puffing up the skin with carbon dioxide to its façade. whodunit A certified registered nurse with an advanced degree performs the injections. feels like Have you ever had sclerotherapy on your veins? It’s a similar feeling—stinging injections that burn and then go away instantly. Hours later, it just feels like your muscles had a good workout. looks like Only slight bruising in the injections sites. results Nothing life-changing seen during the first procedure, but most people need four treatments on average. Overall, the look is slighter smoother skin after one try. downtime None. You can drive yourself home. cost Starting at $350 per area for the treatment combo 9700 Medlock Bridge Road, 770.232.7755 bodymedicalcontouring.com
rx A non-invasive fat reduction procedure approved by the FDA to remove excess fat like lumps, bumps and bulges you can’t get rid of from diet and exercise the science A controlled cooling method called Cryolipolysis targets, cools and eliminates fat cells without damage to neighboring tissue. Over the next two to four months, the crystallized fat cells break down and they are naturally flushed from your body. whodunit Dr. Jerry Cooper with Atlanta Dermatology & Laser Surgery. Cooper is affiliated with Emory University, Northside Hospital and DeKalb Medical Center. feels like Strong pressure, but it wasn’t too uncomfortable and it wasn’t too cold. Expect some abdominal pain for a spell. looks like No bruising results Inches lost within 40 days. Results continue to get better with time. downtime None. You’ll be up and about and can drive yourself home. cost Starting at $750 for small areas and $1,200 for large areas scoop CoolSculpting recently received FDA clearance to treat belly fat, too. 2171 Northlake Parkway, 404.296.8000, atlantadermatologyexperts.com