PITTSBURGH (CBS) — The FDA has approved a new laser device that promises long-lasting treatment for cellulite.

Marianne Piland is healthy and fit, but there is one thing she doesn’t like about her body.

“When I see my legs naked or in tight pants, I don’t like the way I look,” says Piland, a Cellulaze patient.

Piland’s thighs have cellulite. She says so far nothing’s worked.

“If course I tried all of the creams, the over-the-counter creams,” says Piland. “They didn’t really do much and they’re kind of expensive.”

So she’s trying a new laser treatment called Cellulaze. It targets the area under the skin instead of on the surface like other laser treatments.

Doctors insert the laser through a small incision, heating up the underlying tissue and smoothing out fat cells.

“By using the laser energy to cut those fibers and melt the fat and tighten the skin,” said Dr. Bruce Katz, the director of Juva Skin and Laser Center.

Nearly 200 patients participated in the FDA trials for Cellulaze. After two years, none of the patients reported any side effects.

Jennifer Guzman was part of the FDA experiment. She says she couldn’t be happier with the results.

“After it was just very, very smooth,” said Guzman. “Very nice. I could sit down and I
wouldn’t see any bumps. I could stand, it would be smooth.”

And unlike traditional laser treatments that require at least six sessions, Cellulaze requires only one treatment.

One month later, Piland is so happy with the results, she’s considering using the procedure to treat other problem areas.

Cellulaze does cost more than traditional laser treatments. But the cost averages out because it’s a one-time treatment instead of multiple procedures.

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