Rejuveskin: What You Need to Know

How This Cosmetic Surgery Can Diminish Your Cellulite

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Rejuveskin is the proprietary name for a surgical treatment for cellulite—you know, the lumps, bumps and cottage cheese that makes you cringe at the thought of wearing short shorts and a bathing suit. While exercise and skin brushing may diminish the appearance of cellulite, this procedure may be the extra help you want.

This cosmetic surgical procedure has shown impressive results in the war on cellulite.

According to its creators, 90 percent of their patients are satisfied with their results at the one year post-op mark. Nine out of ten women suffer with cellulite. If you're one of them, it could be worth learning more about this procedure.

Cellulite: What, Why, How

Despite what you may think, cellulite isn't just caused by fat, though it has something to do with it. Cellulite is a skin condition that can occur in people of all shapes and sizes. It is far more common in women than in men, due to hormonal factors and differences in skin and connective tissue structure. This is why cellulite exists on women of all sizes, and why it tends to appear and worsen at times of great hormonal changes.

Cellulite appears because underneath the surface of your skin, there are bands of fibrous connective tissue—called septae—which lie perpendicular to the skin’s surface, and are connected to the fascia overlying your muscular and skeletal structure.

When hormonal fluctuations, age, or even genetics, cause these septae to contract and harden, they pull down on the surface of the skin, creating the dimpling we know as cellulite.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

The best candidates for this procedure are women between the ages of 30 to 49 who are not obese and who are in generally good health.

It is intended for women whose problem with cellulite persists despite their best efforts at diet and exercise.

How Rejuveskin Is Done

The surgery employs the use of a special instrument, called a dermasector, to cut and release the hardened septae responsible for the dimpling effect. The patient is first marked for surgery, which is performed via a few tiny incisions which are hidden in the natural body creases below the buttocks or in the groin area.

Next, the surgeon harvests the patient’s own tissue for later grafts. The harvested tissue is then washed and specially treated to promote graft acceptance. Then the dermasector is inserted through the incisions and moved around under the skin in order to cut and release the septae which are pulling down on the skin.

The tissue grafts are now placed into the area to replace the severed septae and fill in any remaining dimpled areas. The area is then manually smoothed out by the surgeon. Finally, the incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures.

What to Expect After Surgery

You can expect a general feeling of tightness in the treated area, as well as swelling, which usually lasts 7 to 10 days, and bruising, which can last anywhere from two to eight weeks.

To help with swelling during this time, you will wear a compression garment which is similar to bicycle shorts.

Risks and Complications

Though the procedure is touted by its creators as less invasive than liposuction, it is still a surgical procedure. One of the potential problems is that when the septae heals you may get a scar contraction or irregularities, and the cellulite reforms. In addition, all the usual surgical risks apply, including bleeding, infection, scarring, anesthesia risks, and dissatisfaction with the outcome. You may also need a second surgery to achieve the desired results.

Costs for this procedure average between $3,000 to $4,500, depending on the size of the areas being treated, and the amount of cellulite present. As with all other cosmetic surgeries, there are no guarantees. It is also important to understand that this procedure will not remove 100 percent of your cellulite. Nor will any other procedure or treatment, for that matter.