Ideal ways to beat the dreaded cellulite (part 2)
In the previous article on ideal ways to beat cellulite we've talked about anti cellulite massages and anti cellulite creams. Let's see some anti cellulite treatments that actually work.
If massage and creams won’t budge the bumps to your satisfaction, physicians offer high-tech, in-office procedures using radio frequency or lasers, often in conjunction with suction and massage.
What anti cellulite treatments work?
Devices such as VelaShape, SmoothShapes, and Viora Reaction are fairly painless and employ heat energy to shrink fat cells temporarily. The procedure feels like a deep massage. The devices knead the skin and fat while a vacuum device adds suction.
“In the majority of cases, these procedures tighten skin and improve the appearance of cellulite but don’t make it go away completely,” says Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter of Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery. Most people achieve the best results after four to eight 30-minute sessions, which cost $300 to $500 each. Newly firmed thighs and backsides last six months to two years or longer and may require touchups. If you’re determined to win not just the battle but the war against those divots and dimples in one swift attack - no matter what the cost (in this case, 5000 to 7500 US dollars) - a new FDA-approved treatment called Cellulaze may be for you.
Like other lasers, it stimulates blood flow as well as new collagen formation. Unlike other lasers, it penetrates past skin’s upper layer to get at fat and connective tissues.
During the 60-90 minute session, a tiny fiber-optic laser is inserted below the skin to melt fat bulges. Next, the laser fires its energy at fibrous bands, releasing them. A local anesthetic minimizes discomfort, but expect swelling and bruising for about ten days and no vigorous exercise for a week. Results slowly materialize over three months to a year and last up to two years.
Any permanent Cure for cellulite?
Arriving in doctors’ offices this year is Cellfina, a new FDA-approved treatment that shows a long-term reduction in cellulite, according to studies.
“It employs a small needle to apply light, quick, and repeated pressure on the cellulite, penetrating through the skin and into the bands responsible for dimpling, causing them to fray and release,” says Dr. Tina Alster, whose Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, in DC, is the first in the area to offer it.
The procedure takes about an hour and areas to be treated are numbed with lidocaine injections. Although there’s minimal bleeding, expect bruising for a few days. Within a month, there should be a noticeable reduction of cellulite, with results lasting as long as weight gain is avoided. Cost: 2000 to 4000 US dollars, depending on the number of areas treated.
Cellulite busting workout
Losing weight doesn’t diminish cellulite - in fact, it can make the divots look worse because the skin can become saggier.
The key is to burn off fat and replace it with muscle to fill out the skin. A study in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that fat oxidation increased by 36 percent after high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Participants saw results in two weeks.
The important thing is to push yourself to the limit for short bursts of time. “A true HIIT workout intersperses periods of all-out effort with periods of rest,” says Cheryl Davis, a personal trainer in Alexandria.
The best cellulite burning workout
- On a treadmill, warm up for five minutes by walking or running.
- Then run for one minute at a moderate high speed (a 6 or 7 on a scale of exertion from 1 to 10).
- Next, set the treadmill at a high incline (7.0 to 15.0) and walk for one minute at moderate speed without holding onto the handrails.
- Lower the incline and recover at a slow walk for one minute.
- Repeat the entire cycle for 30 minutes.
- Cool down for five minutes.