Cellulite is a depression on the surface of the skin, which typically occurs on the buttocks and thighs. There are several causes of cellulite, including skin laxity and excess fat, but a major underlying cause of cellulite are fibrous brands called septa which tether the skin to the underlying structures. It is normal to have septa, but when some shrink or stiffen they can cause a focal depression. Cellulite is quite common, and nearly all women, irrespective of their shape and size, have some form of cellulite.
AvéliTM is a new and minimally invasive and FDA-approved treatment for cellulite. AvéliTM works by surgically releasing septae causing cellulite.
The procedure can be performed under local anesthetic (awake), sedation, or general anesthetic. It can also be performed as a standalone treatment or in combination with any buttock fat transfer or grafting procedure. The procedure is relatively straightforward and takes approximately an hour. After identifying your areas of cellulite, Dr. Li will insert the AvéliTM device underneath your skin in the targeted areas. The device is a light-guided wand ensuring precise placement. Once positioned underneath your cellulite, the device is then activated which causes a small blade to pop out, and then the septae are manually cut by Dr. Li, providing real-time correction of your cellulite.
AvéliTM is designed to be a single treatment that provides longstanding improvement of cellulite. Results and benefits can be seen 1 month after treatment.
Patients can return to most activities within 24-48 hours; however, it is recommended to avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks. It is also recommended to wear a compression garment as you are healing.
There are minimal risks associated with AvéliTM. Most common side effects of treatment were pain and mild bruising, swelling, and tenderness involving the surgical sites which resolved within a month.
AvéliTM does not treat other concerns usually seen alongside cellulite, such as skin laxity or excess fat, although Dr. Li does offer other treatments for these issues.