Can You get rid of Cellulite?
I know that many of us just try to get used to it's presence and make their peace with the cellulite “situation”, but on the other hand, there's the people who actually try to get rid of it through any mean possible and would probably try just about anything to treat cellulite.
First off, you've got to know what cellulite is, what causes cellulite and what it is that you can do to get rid of it.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is sort of like the pillows of a couch. Small pillows of fat cells attach to your skin with some membranes called septae. When it comes to women, the septae sort of pull down the cells just like a button on a cushion, giving you that dimpled effect. Men, on the other hand, are of course luckier than us. Their septae come in an angled position and are easily disguised. Also, men have a thicker layer of skin and this of course helps hiding the cellulite. Even if curing cellulite can seem impossible, there are some things that you can do to help minimize it.
- Reduce weight to get rid of cellulite
I know you probably didn't want to hear this, but weight gain can add to your cellulite. Gaining weight is going to make fat cells bigger and having more fat under the skin can make the skin on your legs look full of lumps. Thus, weight loss can help you reduce cellulite, especially when it comes to women carrying a lot of excess weight.
Usually, having less fat makes you have less cellulite. Unfortunately, this isn't the case for everybody, weight loss is not a cure for cellulite no matter what the weight is. Women who already live a healthy lifestyle may suffer from even more cellulite when they drop weight and their skin loosens.
- Creams help reduce cellulite
The most common ingredients in cellulite creams that work are caffeine and retinol. Though the evidence is scant, creams containing caffeine and similar ingredients do shrink fat cells when applied to the skin, but the improvements aren't huge and take a lot of dedication to the process.
Retinol does help the stimulation of collagen production in the skin. This is going to make the skin look thicker and, as mentioned earlier, thicker skin may make cellulite look less noticeable.
Studies show that retinol may increase the thickness of the skin by an average of 2 milimeters but only is applied for at least six months.
Also, cellulite creams containing both retinol and caffeine coming from some producers like Johnson& Johnson may be able to reduce the size of the stomach, thighs and upper arm area in a matter of 12 weeks of constant use of their cellulite cream.
- Massage – the best way to reduce cellulite
There's a treatment out there called endermologie that uses rollers and suction to press and squeeze the skin, improving circulation. This type of treatment usually lasts between 10 and 45 minutes and should be undergone twice a week for several months in order to really see results in reducing cellulite. Of course, there's a big price to pay for this cellulite treatment, 10-12 sessions could even go up to 1000$.
- Treatments at the doctor's office
There are a ton of treatments that you can find going to some doctors' offices that could actually work in order to spot reduce fat and cellulite with it. Some of these cellulite treatments use radio wave energy, others use lasers and the newest treatments involve high intensity sound waves.
What do these cellulite treatments actually do?
Well, lasers and radio waves use heat in order to thicken the skin, make it firmer and could help in order to reduce some of the bulging fat underneath the layers of skin. Acoustic waves are high pressure waves that aim to break up the septae bands that pull down on the skin, creating dimples.
The same expensive prices apply to these treatments as well, giving that you are going to need a few sessions of many types of these cellulite treatments in order to actually see some results. The prices vary from 1500$ to as high as 5000$ depending on the number of sessions and the type of technology you choose.
Do expensive cellulite treatments actually work?
It seems that about 25 to 50% of the women who undergo these cellulite treatments see an improvement of 25 to 50% of their cellulite in the course of time.
- Cosmetic surgery for treating cellulite
Cellulaze is the most recent surgical treatment which dates from 2012 and is approved by the FDA. This laser is inserted under the skin through a few cuts, sizzling the septae membranes that are pulling on the skin. This laser also reduces the fat pockets and bulges. It's also supposed to help you with your thin, sagging skin on cellulite.
This surgery takes a few hours and includes inserting a pain killer to numb the area before starting and the recovery will take up to four weeks for the bruises and soreness to go away. Other side effects of this laser treatment include temporary swelling, itching, and discoloration. These side effects are similar to the ones produced by liposuction The surgery is about 8000$ and full results can be seen after 6 months or so and these improvements in cellulite reduction may last as long as two years. It's not known exactly for how long the results last though.