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Ninety percent of women have to contend with cellulite no matter their size, but new treatments can help get rid of that nagging body flaw by beach season.

When Susan Gyurisko first noticed cellulite forming on her legs, she wanted it gone as quickly as possible.

Thanks to the new treatment Cellulaze just approved by the FDA, she got her wish.

“It's just amazing. You can see the results, at least for me, I saw the results within three months,” says Gyurisko.

Cellulaze is a new medical laser device doctors are now using to treat cellulite. It's the first time doctors have been able to treat it in one session with lasting results.

“We make tiny incisions in the skin. They are so tiny, in fact, we don't even put stitches in. We insert a little one millimeter-size optical fiber, laser fiber—tiny, tiny, tiny,” says Dr. Bruce Katz, director of Juva Skin and Laser Center NYC. “We have it melt the septa or the skeleton that pushes down on the skin. We melt the fat that pushes up at the skin that causes the irregularities that we know as cellulite.”

Within just a few months of the procedure, before and afters show patients’ skin going from ripply currents to a smoothed-out surface.

Another approach which is non-invasive is the Venus Freeze.

It works to dissolve cellulite and tighten the skin over six to eight weeks of treatments. It uses radio frequency and magnetic pulse technology to heat the fat and boost collagen.

“It is that combination of radio frequency heating and magnetic pulsing that increases your cell activity that has shown very promising results in the treatment of cellulite by remolding the fat cells and tightening the areas around the fat cells that are responsible for the formation of cellulite,” says Dr. Neil Sadick of Sadick Dermatology.

Doctors say you don't have to be in perfect shape for these kind of treatments to work, but you do want to be in your best possible to see maximum benefits.

“Exercise and good diet will reduce the size of your fat cells number one, and number two it will allow, when you have these treatments, the skin to re-drape itself so the skin will be tighter,” says Dr. Sadick.

Venus Freeze requires repeat visits once or twice a year to maintain results. Studies on Cellulaze so far show one treatment may be effective up to two years.

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