Generations of women have dealt with the embarrassment of cellulite, with studies suggesting the number averages 80% to 90%.1 It has only been with the rise of newer technologies that the industry has been given the tools to offer treatment options for this issue, the most recent one of which is TempSure Firm (Cynosure).
TempSure Firm uses three specialized headpieces ranging from 25 mm to 60 mm to gradually deliver thermal energy to the area of concern, which temporarily minimizes the appearance of cellulite with a combination of massage and radiofrequency energy, according to Cynosure. The treatment is non-invasive, has no downtime and takes an average of five minutes per treatment area. Most patients will require five to eight treatments to see results. The company stresses the temporary nature of the results.
Unlike other treatments that could cause pain or discomfort during treatment, Cynosure says that because TempSure Firm’s handpieces deliver heat in a consistent and gradual manner, “Clients report a spa-like, deep warming sensation during their treatment. Most clients say they could fall asleep.”
According to study author Neal Sadick, M.D., who published a review of cellulite treatments in the International Journal of Women's Dermatology (IJWD), achieving improved skin appearance is possible with certain energy devices.
“Laser and light devices, depending on their wavelength, emit energy to the dermis/subcutaneous plane; by heating the local tissue they can stimulate collagen remodeling and increase microcirculation, which can improve the appearance of cellulite,” he writes.
While skin may appear smoother with certain energy treatments, they likely won’t deliver much in terms of the actual fibrous septae bands and interspersed fat that characterize cellulite, he says.
A Closer Look at Cellulite
Women have a much higher percentage cellulite compared with men because of a different distribution of fat, muscle and connective tissue.
Cellulite is caused by topographic disorders of subcutaneous tissue such as nodules, edema and abnormal fibrosis and is usually found on the buttocks and thighs but can also be found in other areas.2
The most prominent theories as to what causes cellulite include hormone disorders, endothelial dysfunction, along with genetic predisposition, but the reasons why cellulite happens are complex.
1. Sadick N. Treatment for cellulite. Int J Womens Dermatol. 2019;5(1):68-72.
2. Tokarska K, Tokarski S, Woźniacka A, Sysa-jędrzejowska A, Bogaczewicz J. Cellulite: a cosmetic or systemic issue? Contemporary views on the etiopathogenesis of cellulite. Postepy Dermatol Alergol. 2018;35(5):442-446.