Avéli San Francisco Bay Area
Cellulite has long been a battle waged by women of all shapes and sizes. Creams, serums, massage tools, and other so-called silver bullets frequently claim to eradicate dimples and bumps caused by cellulite. But if you’ve tried any of them, you know that actual solutions are few and far between … until now.
A revolutionary new device called Avéli has recently been cleared by the FDA and proven safe and effective for reducing the appearance of cellulite on the buttocks and thighs.
About Dr. David Sieber
Dr. Sieber, a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, graduated from Loyola University-Stritch School of Medicine and completed a five-year residency in general surgery at Loyola University Medical Center.
Dr. Sieber went on to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has done thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries over the last six years of practice.
What Is Avéli?
Avéli cellulite treatment is a long-term treatment for cellulite reduction on the buttocks and thighs. It is minimally invasive.
Avéli targets the underlying cause of cellulite and takes an anatomical approach to improving cellulite (goes beneath the skin) as opposed to a topical or surface-level approach.
The device is wand-like in appearance, and its main use is to actually cut (release) the connective fibrous bands that cause cellulite (more on this below under the heading, “What Is Cellulite?”).
Are You a Good Candidate for Avéli?
The best candidates for Avéli are frustrated with moderate to severe cellulite on their buttocks and thighs. Cellulite will appear as bumpy, lumpy, and dimpled skin.
Sometimes, with dieting and exercise (especially strength training), cellulite can disappear on its own. However, even the fittest of the fit can struggle with cellulite. It’s often a genetic issue.
It’s best if patients have good skin elasticity and not a lot of excess fat near the treatment areas. Localized fat can be treated with liposuction.
In addition to the above, optimal candidates for Avéli cellulite treatment should:
- Be at a healthy weight (healthy BMI or body mass index)
- Not be pregnant
- Not smoke
- Be in good health overall
What Is Cellulite?
One of the most common skin conditions among adult women is cellulite. In fact, nine out of ten women are affected by the dimpled flesh that characterizes it.
Cellulite can make individuals feel self-conscious when exercising or going to the beach or a pool. It can detract from a person’s overall confidence and self-esteem and may also complicate intimacy for some.
The good news is — despite its unpopularity — cellulite is harmless. It is unrelated to any underlying medical conditions and should not cause further medical issues over time.
So, what causes cellulite?
The science tells us it’s the presence of septa that causes cellulite. Septa are fibrous bands located beneath the skin. Some of these bands get smaller and stiffer over time, essentially pulling the skin from below like the string of a balloon. Each septa band that tightens and pulls down on the skin above creates a cellulite dimple.
The Avéli technique essentially cuts these bands, releasing their tension so that the patient’s cellulite dimples disappear and smooth out.
How to Get Rid of Cellulite: The Avéli Technique
No other cellulite treatment is like Avéli. While other treatments approach cellulite from the top down, Avéli goes below the surface of the skin to physically cut (release) the septa bands that cause cellulite.
The procedure begins with local anesthesia. After the buttocks and/or thighs have been sufficiently numbed, a few small incisions will be made around the treatment area.
The Avéli Precision Cellulite Release Device will then be inserted into these incisions. A light at the end of the device will guide Dr. Sieber as he locates the internal septa bands that correspond to the surface-level dimples.
Once a septa band has been located, a small arm will then be deployed at the end of the device. Dr. Sieber will pull back on the device, and as he does so, a blade will hook and cut the septa band, visibly releasing the dimple, which should immediately smooth out.
Preparing for Avéli
Once you know you want to try Avéli, it’s important to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Sieber. He will tell you whether you’re a good candidate and ask you some questions about your medical history. He will also perform a physical exam and then discuss your options with you.
After booking your surgery, plan for a short downtime after the surgery. Most patients will need to take at least one or two days off work, although some patients may feel comfortable going back to work the next day.
On the day of your procedure, Dr. Sieber may mark your body so that he has a good understanding of the areas he’ll be targeting. Patients are able to treat as many dimples as they like. Still, it’s important that you discuss the expected extent of your procedure prior to the surgery date.
After all of the target septa bands have been released, the incisions will be closed up, and bandages will be placed over the treatment area.
Avéli Before and After Photos
Recovery From Avéli
After your Avéli treatment, the treatment area will be bandaged. You will be sent to a recovery room for a short time.
Staff will ensure you are doing well during your initial recovery, and then you will be discharged to return home. Because Avéli is an outpatient procedure, you may go home on the same day as your surgery.
The vast majority of patients will not need much time at all to return to their normal activities after their procedure. You should be cleared to return to school or work within one to two days.
Bruising, swelling, and some slight discomfort are all normal side effects during the first week of recovery. Swelling, which will be the last symptom to linger, may last for several more weeks and months.
During your recovery, be sure to have patience. It will take time to see your results — sometimes up to three months. Wear your compression garments, attend all of your follow-up appointments, avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercise, and stay out of the sun to achieve optimal results.
Avéli Cost San Francisco
Avéli generally costs between $3,000 and $6,000 per treatment. You can have as many septa bands released during one treatment as you like, but do keep in mind that more extensive treatment may increase the cost of Avéli.
Other factors that will influence your Avéli cost include who your surgeon is and where they are located, in what facility you undergo the procedure, and what you need to spend on aftercare and recovery care (including any medications).
Avéli Frequently Asked Questions
What causes cellulite?
The presence of fibrous septa bands beneath the skin is the source of cellulite in most patients. It’s unknown why some people are predisposed to it and others are not.
In fact, many people have a genetic predisposition for cellulite. Still, lack of exercise, high amounts of body fat, and aging can also cause or exacerbate cellulite.
Was QWO cellulite treatment pulled off shelves?
Yes. Prior to the popularity of Avéli, QWO was the preferred method of cellulite treatment in many plastic surgeons’ offices. QWO also targeted septa bands beneath the skin, but it was an injectable, not an invasive device.
Although QWO was approved by the FDA, it was found to have significant side effects, including prolonged bruising and changes in skin color that wouldn’t go away. It was subsequently pulled from the shelves.
Can cellulite be removed naturally?
While some claims have been made that changes in diet and an increase in exercise can get rid of cellulite naturally, this is up for debate. Certainly, the loss of excess body fat may reduce the appearance of cellulite in some cases.
Furthermore, increasing the presence of muscle on your buttocks and thighs (primarily through weight lifting and strength training) may also improve cellulite in these locations.
However, for many, no amount of healthy living and weight maintenance can get rid of cellulite. For some, it’s simply something caused by genetics and cannot be improved without a proven-effective treatment like Avéli.
How much is Avéli cellulite treatment?
Most patients will pay between $3,000 and $6,000 or more for Avéli in the San Francisco area. To get an accurate cost estimate, however, it’s important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sieber.
Say Goodbye to Cellulite
If you think you may be a good candidate for cellulite removal with Avéli, please give our office a call today. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Sieber would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your options.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results.