Minimally Invasive Cellulite Treatments in Nashville
A majority of women will experience cellulite, a skin condition that creates a dimply or “orange peel” texture. While the common problem has traditionally been something to just live with, advanced cosmetic techniques now make reducing the appearance of cellulite possible. Avéli at Nashville’s Maxwell Aesthetics is a minimally invasive, FDAcleared technique that’s designed to minimize cellulite on the lower body and create a smoother, firmer looking appearance.
What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite is a skin condition that results in uneven, dimpled skin marked with peaks and depressions. This “orange peel skin” frequently develops on areas such as the hips, butt, and thighs, although it can form on other areas as well.
Contrary to the popular misconception, cellulite is not caused by fat or loose skin. Any patient can be affected by it, regardless of their weight. The exact cause of the problem still isn’t fully understood, but it is believed to be the result of an interaction between long, tough connective cords made of collagen that attach the skin to the muscles below and the fat that builds up between them.
This interaction is what leads to the rippled, lumpy surface. While cellulite is a harmless condition and treatment isn’t necessary, you can choose to have cellulite reduced if it bothers you.
Although many people attempt to use exercise, weight loss, diet, massages, or skin creams that claim to target cellulite, these strategies usually won’t have much success. Unlike many other methods, Avéli focuses on the tense connective cords that are at the center of the issue.
How Does Avéli Work?
The reason Avéli is so effective is because it works beneath the surface of the skin to address the underlying cause of cellulite: the tightened collagen bands or septae that cause dimpling. The handheld device is equipped with a light and a hook inserted directly below the skin. The light helps the provider to quickly identify the precise depth of the collagen bands—commonly located in the upper layers of the skin—along with the relative location of the hook.
The Avéli device will then hook onto a band and use a tiny blade from the tip of the rod to manually cut the collagen fiber, releasing the tension. When this happens, patients may feel a mild tugging sensation and the dimple will visibly be pulled down.
One of the main advantages of Avéli is its precision. During the procedure, the surrounding healthy tissues—including other connective tissue bands—are left unharmed as each individual dimple-causing band is severed. The Avéli device also provides feedback to confirm that the specific targeted bands were released. Although there are other cosmetic procedures that counteract cellulite by focusing on the collagen bands, Avéli provides a high degree of accuracy for optimized results with fewer side effects.
A single Avéli session normally takes up to one hour, though each case is unique. A local anesthetic is provided to reduce any discomfort. Dimples on both the buttocks and thighs can be minimized in just one Avéli treatment because the blade remains sharp.
Who is a Candidate for Avéli?
Avéli is suitable for all skin types, but is strictly designed for cellulite dimples and can’t correct issues related to skin laxity.
Which Areas Can Be Treated with Avéli?
Women tend to carry most of their fat on the lower body, and cellulite is more likely to develop on those areas due to the way fat cells increase tension caused by collagen bands. This is one reason why women are at a higher risk for cellulite than men. Avéli reduces cellulite on the thighs and buttocks.
What Happens After an Avéli Session?
It may take up to a month for post-treatment bruising and tenderness to subside and the full results from an Avéli session to appear. The results can last for three months or more.
Other Skin Rejuvenation and Body Contouring Options
Avéli is designed to target cellulite exclusively, but there are also options for skin rejuvenation or getting rid of excess fat. Maxwell Aesthetics provides cosmetic procedures that enhance the general appearance of the skin without addressing cellulite. These include laser skin resurfacing, which provides a more even skin tone and texture, along with Morpheus8 microneedling that promotes collagen production and remodels subdermal fat beneath the skin to give it a younger, firmer appearance.
There are also surgical procedures available for reducing stubborn fat in a more dramatic way than would be possible with non-surgical treatments and tightening skin, such as liposuction paired with BODYtite.