If you have cellulite then you probably know how it can be a struggle to comfortably put on a dress that you like. Cellulite is uneven and lumpy skin that occurs in the body, especially on the thighs, hips, and butt. How does cellulite occur, and can get rid of it completely? Keep reading, and we’ll answer that.
There are women who are more predisposed to cellulite than others. In addition to that, women have different amounts of cellulite, which depends on genes, age, the percentage of fat, weight gain, poor diet, and pregnancy among other factors.
Known Treatments for Cellulite
There are various cellulite treatments that are available today. It is important that you consult with your doctor and discuss the best cellulite treatment method that will work best for you. Some of the cellulite treatments that work and offer long-term results are as follows:
#1. Laser Treatment
The laser treatment cellulite reduction, also referred to as Cellulaze, is the most common method of treating cellulite. In this treatment, a small incision is made beneath the skin, and a tiny laser is inserted through the incision. When this is done, the laser energy causes the tough bonds below the skin to break, hence reducing the visibility of cellulite. In addition to that, the heat from the laser also reduces the thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer, hence improving the texture and elasticity of the skin.
Cellulite laser treatment is considered to be minimally invasive. This is why it is performed only by a qualified medical practitioner, using local anesthesia. You will probably feel the effects of the treatment for about 1 to 2 days. This procedure lasts up to one year, and patients achieve their desired results only after one treatment.
#2. Vacuum-assisted Treatment
This is another effective method for doing away with cellulite. This procedure mainly focuses on breaking the tough bands under the skin, that causes the skin to have cellulite. This is done using a device that contains small blades. The blades cut the bands, which in turn allows the tissue to move upward and fill the area of the skin that looks like it has a dimple. The results of vacuum-assisted treatment may last up to three years.
#3. Acoustic Wave Therapy
Acoustic treatment is an energy-based therapy that is used in the treatment of cellulite. In this type of treatment, pressure waves are transmitted to the subcutaneous tissues. This helps in promoting the flow of blood and increases the production of new collagen. There are two different types of acoustic wave therapy that are used in cellulite treatment. There is focused shock waves and radial shock waves. Unlike laser treatment, acoustic wave therapy requires seven treatment sessions for the results to be permanent. Topical anesthesia is not needed in this procedure, and the pain from this procedure is very minor.
This is an invasive procedure that is used to renew the overall skin tone and texture. In microdermabrasion treatment, salt crystals, or aluminum oxide is used in exfoliating the skin. The tiny salt crystals gently exfoliate the skin and stimulate the growth of new skin cells. You will need several treatments to get the desired results, and it is worth it. This cellulite treatment method is most effective for people who have cellulite as a result of aging.
Endermologie is another cellulite treatment method that gives long-term results. This type of treatment uses a device that gives you a deep massage, while also lifting the skin with a tool that looks like a vacuum. Endermologie is mostly available in spas. The endermologie experts have stated that one needs a number of treatment sessions to see the best results, with each session lasting for about 45 minutes. It is important that you consult with your specialist and have all the information that you need before settling for a specific type of treatment.
#6. Dermal Fillers
This is an up-to-date option for treating cellulite. The new generational dermal fillers injections such as poly-l-lactic acid microspheres and calcium hydroxyapatite have mostly been used in the treatment of scars. In addition to that, the fillers have been applied to smoothen skin that has cellulite. Studies have shown that both dermal filler treatments are effective and were well tolerated by patients. The level of satisfaction was also high in patients who used this cellulite treatment method.
#7. Mechanical Treatments
Cellulite can also be permanently removed using mechanical treatments. For instance, Cellfina is an FDA-cleared mechanical cellulite treatment method, that works by releasing tightened septae, using a thin blade that is inserted through a tiny incision made on the skin. The cellfina device then suctions up the skin, a process that allows the cosmetic surgeon to insert the blade, a few millimeters under the skin. This reduces the impact on the surrounding tissues of the skin.
This is where carbon dioxide is used in removing cellulite. Remember carbon dioxide is different from carbon monoxide which is harmful. During the carboxytherapy cellulite treatment, the surgeon inserts carbon dioxide beneath the skin. This is done to increase the flow of blood in the affected area to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Patients who have tried this procedure have reported experiencing slight discomfort and temporary bruising. However, these side effects fade away after some time. You will see results after about 7 to 10 carboxytherapy treatments.
Home Remedies for Cellulite Treatment
These are cellulite treatment methods that do not require any use of surgical instruments to perform. These home remedies can be added to your daily skin-care routines, and most involve living a healthy lifestyle.
Massage is a non-surgical way of reducing cellulite that has been used for years as an effective method of addressing cellulite. Most people who fear needles opt for this method of reducing cellulite because it is less painful and does not have any side effects. Massage typically uses a vacuum suction or a roller to “knead” the subcutaneous fat and the skin. Some patients have reported positive effects from using this method of treatment. In addition to that, improvements are temporary, and one is likely to experience a soothing effect that is likely a result of mild inflammation that occurred in the area that has been treated.
Exercise helps in reducing body fats, which in turn make cellulite less visible. When you work out and eat healthily, you lose weight. There are various body toning exercises that you can do to help tighten the skin, which will in turn reduce the appearance of cellulite and make the skin firm. This is why it is advisable that you choose a workout program that is a combination of aerobic and strength training exercises. Once your body is more muscular, it means that you have lost the fat, and as a result, you will have a smoother and firmer body.
#3. Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is a cellulite reduction technique that is used to stimulate lymph and blood flow. As a result, dead skin cells are removed and this stimulates the growth of new cells. An advantage of dry brushing is you can easily get a body brush or use a natural plant loofah to gently brush smooth dry skin for about five minutes. It is advisable that you start from your feet as you move upward, and do this in circular motions, either before or after a bath.
Apart from dry brushing, there are people who prefer using coffee grounds as a perfect way to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from the body. This procedure also helps in tightening the skin. Use coffee grounds on their own, or mix with any oil of your choice, preferably coconut oil, or sugar.
#4. Lifestyle Changes
Diet is also an important factor to consider when you want to manage cellulite. It is important that you eat a healthy and well-balanced diet to prevent cellulite from occurring in the body. Eating a healthy diet means that you will be able to maintain a healthy weight, and as a result, you will not have any cellulite occurring in your body. To maintain a healthy diet, ensure that you lower your intake of processed foods and high-sugar foods.
Consumption of unhealthy foods causes fat and toxin accumulation in the body, and this, in turn, increases your fiber intake. Hydration is not only important for clear and healthy skin, but it also reduces the occurrence of cellulite. Taking water removes toxins from the body, hence you should increase your water intake.
Consult With Your Doctor
Before settling for any cellulite treatment, it is advisable that you consult with a doctor who is specialized in that field. The results that you will obtain from the cellulite treatment depend on the skills and level of expertise of the person performing the treatment. There are cellulite treatments that require one to have several sessions, whereas there are those that only take one session for you to see the desired results. Therefore, after consulting with your doctor, he/she may help you choose the best treatment that will offer the best desired results.
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