If you have ever wondered what causes the less than desirable orange peel-like effect of cellulite in various parts of the body, then you are definitely not alone. There is no quick permanent fix or absolute cure for this condition, but if you set your mind to it, you have the power to take control and minimise or eliminate it. How, indeed, would be the top question. Well there are a number of ways in which you can gain some control over this bumpy road.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a very common condition _ basically a combined accumulation of fat, fluid and toxins stored just beneath the skin. This unappetising cocktail pushes up from the inside and creates the lumpy effect. While it can be hereditary, other major causes of cellulite include a lack of exercise, poor diet, stress and fluctuating hormone levels _ in short, our modern lifestyles. Whether on the thighs, buttocks, arms or elsewhere and regardless of being fat or skinny, most women at some point in their lives are prone to it. Surprisingly, some men are too.
How can you control or get rid of it?
At present, no definitive cure has been found for cellulite, but scientists are continuing their research and several treatment methods are already available. However, usually a combination of methods is the best approach, together with a dose of patience. There are a number of creams, laser-toning options, liposuction and fat-melting treatments on offer, but the first step should always be to analyse your lifestyle and see where you can make changes for the better. Whenever considering anything cosmetic for your skin, you always need to look at your diet and exercise regimen. As cellulite is a problem of fat, fluid and toxins, the first steps should be to counter these.
After a change in diet and exercise, what’s next?
For fast and tangible results, the next step is to speak to your doctor fully qualified in such matters. Ask her or him about the best treatment courses for your particular case. A few of the most effective methods involve non-invasive to minimally invasive techniques. You need not resort right away to full-on traditional liposuction to tackle the problem. Science has evolved in leaps and bounds to offer less painful, faster recovering options.
VelaShape II is a popular body-shaping device and FDA-Class-II-cleared for cellulite reduction, treating the deeper tissue for a measurable reduction in fat layers, circumference and the upper layers of the skin. Easy and non-invasive, with no downtime, initial results can be seen after just four short sessions.
Zerona is a cold-laser, low-level, non-invasive body contouring treatment technology that effectively removes excess fat without the negative side effects associated with surgery.
Emulsifying fat, it can remove inches from the waist, hip and thigh areas, decreasing the visible signs of cellulite, without pain or anaesthesia.
More stubborn types of cellulite which have proven resistant to exercise are best targeted with Zeltiq Coolsculpting, a new, revolutionary technology discovered by a team from Harvard Medical School.
Using a precisely controlled cooling method known as cryolipolysis, it works by holding a device against the area to be treated and then becoming cold enough to target only the fat cells in that area. The body reacts with an inflammatory response that naturally disposes of the damaged fat cells. In due course, a significant improvement in the shape of the body will be noticeable. Side effects such as redness of the skin are minimal and usually subside within a few hours.
The newest option for superior body shaping and cellulite reduction is Body Tite radiofrequency-assisted liposuction(RFAL). Boasting up to 40% more skin tightening than other methods of liposuction, BodyTite uses energy through an internal and external probe to tighten the skin, while removing excess fat, and shortens recovery time by approximately 30%. The procedure generally takes just one or two hours with local anaesthetic, so you can drive home afterwards.
Before considering any cosmetic treatments, it’s essential to consult with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
After an initial assessment, the specialist can advise which treatment plan is most suitable. The key to ensure results are lasting is maintaining a balanced lifestyle with healthy eating habits and regular exercise.