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Studies show at least 80 percent of women have cellulite. It's just a fancy name for lumps of fat that push against tissue under the skin, but most women say there's nothing fancy about having it.

FOX 26 News found one of the only FDA-approved devices to treat the problem, at Renew Body Contouring in Houston.

50-year-old Patricia Gonzales is trying it out. It's called Bella Contour.

"Just coming here (Renew) and knowing you can get rid of cellulite slowly is great! Before there were just creams and I didn't think that did anything, but coming here has made a big difference," says Gonzales.

The plan is to shrink the fat cells, which cause those pockets of so-called "cottage cheese" appearance on the thighs.

"An ultrasound wand applies deep heat to the cellulite area. This allows us to heat up the lipids in the fat cells at the same time. Then electrical therapy stimulates and contracts the muscle. As contractions are taking place, a massage wand penetrates it deep with heat, liquefying the lipids in the fat cells, causing those fat cells to be agitated and tearing, which is causing it to leak," explains Renew Body Contouring spokeswoman Katina Kearns.

Agitated cells and muscles may sound painful, but Patricia says it's not.

"It doesn't hurt. It feels like you're working out. I come here and relax. You're just lying there, do a treatment - walk out and feel great. It just tightens and contracts your skin, doesn't hurt at all," explains Gonzales.

"With this procedure, what we're able to do is shrink the fat cells, so as they start to shrink, it starts to minimize the appearance of cellulite, allows blood and collagen to flow through, so we're able to tighten the skin as well," explains Kearns. She says it takes anywhere from six to twenty treatments for ideal results, each leg requires a one hour treatment each time.

"We see results with most people, not with every person, because we can't follow that person around and make sure they're following a particular diet and exercise program. We're not asking you to do any fad diets, no injections, no pills, but because we are liquefying that fat cell - most burns up in energy in the body, but some drains into the lymphatic system. If you're not doing any kind of cardio, or if you compile more sugar, it will add more fat into the system," says Kearns.

Gonzales says she's drinking plenty of water, exercising, and eating right, as she's always done.

She believes this powerful combo is finally working, because she added the procedure.

"I've had about five treatments. I can tell every time I can see when I look in the mirror! My legs have shrunk a little bit and less cellulite. I am so amazed - it's the best thing," says Gonzales.

Bella Contour costs around $125 per session. It's not just for legs, but is also used to reduce cellulite and tighten skin around the waist, buttocks, and arms. Again, it's not considered a miracle cure alone, it has to be combined with a healthy lifestyle.

For more information, visit http://www.renewbodycontouring.com/bella-contour/.

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