Monmouth's Ask The Doctor Jan-Feb 2019

QUESTION: How Does Cellulaze Treat Cellulite? ANSWER:


Thomas A. Leach, M.D. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery Recognized by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. “Top Doc for the New York Metro Area” since 2005 CERTIFIED COOLSCULPTING TREATMENT CENTER Serving Princeton & its surrounding communities since 1992 Cellulite affects up to eighty-five percent of women and has seen a myriad of tried approaches through the years. The problem has been that cellulite is a series of structural problems beneath the skin, not simply a fat problem. There are three components and most prior treatments addressed only one or two. The anatomical issues are as follows: fiberous bands pulling down specific areas of the skin (similar to the threads holding mattress buttons down), fat accumulation between the banded areas, and general laxity of the overlying skin. Cellulaze is a laser treatment that specifically addresses all three components of cellulite. It is the only FDA cleared one time minimally invasive laser treatment for cellulite. The treatment is done in the office with local anesthesia and a mild oral sedative. A few small stab wounds are used to deliver the local anesthesia and to insert the laser. There are three specific passes made with the laser under the skin with varying wave lengths and power. A directional side cutting laser is used to cut the bands. The next pass melts the fat only in the areas where there are bulges under the skin. The third pass then covers the entire area and is aimed up at the dermis ultimately resulting in collagen production and improved skin thickness and elasticity. The procedure typically takes about three hours. Bruising can be significant for a few weeks and final results can take three to six months to achieve. This means that fall and winter are the ideal time to finally smooth out that lumpy skin. 932 State Rd • Princeton, NJ 08540 • (609) 921-7161 • Follow us on:

Charcoal Face Mask By Lauren Kolacki

When it comes to our appearance, we’re willing to do whatever necessary to keep us looking youthful and glowing. Nobody, at any age, wants acne or clogged pores, so we browse the internet for the newest trend and then we follow suit. One of the most considerable trends over the last couple years has been the Charcoal Face Mask. Throughout the day, without even knowing, we are exposed to dirt, oil, allergens and pollutions that build up on the surface of our skin. The intentions of a Charcoal Face Mask are to draw out the growth of impurities. However, doctors and skin experts believe that these masks can cause permanent damage to your face. For starters, it is important to know where the product you are using is from. Buying these charcoal masks from a third-party seller, is anything but safe. Millennials post videos online of themselves peeling off the masks, in pure agony. Anything that painful, cannot be helpful. Past users have complained of chemical burns, allergic reactions and just overall pain. If you feel that your face is in need of a peel or treatment, the best thing you could do is to make an appointment with your Dermatologist or see a licensed esthetician. These trained professionals can point you in a safe direction.

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