Learn the truth about cellulite treatments!
If you are a woman over 18 years old, then you have likely experienced some form of cellulite. Contrary to popular belief, being overweight is NOT requirement for developing cellulite. In fact, over 90% of women get cellulite at some point after the adolescent years and just like many other unwanted imperfections, its removal has sparked a multi-million dollar industry. Lotions, creams, massages and costly treatments promise to get rid of it, but are the promises accurate? Read on to learn more:
1. Research show that cellulite is a unique and distinctive layer of subcutaneous body fat (layered on top of muscle) that is common to females. This means that if the muscles in the hips, thighs and buttocks are weak and flaccid, the surface of the skin will resemble a jelly-like appearance. Heredity, skin thickness, gender, the amount and distribution of body fat, and age can all influence the extent to which cellulite is present or visible.
2. Endermologie is one type of suction massage technique performed using an electrically powered device with two roller components. Patients wear nylon stockings to reduce the amount of friction as the skin is kneaded by two revolving rollers for anywhere between 30-45 minutes. Treatments are expensive and typically 10-12 treatments are required before results are noticeable. Endermologie has been approved by the U.S. FDA for temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite. This technique seems to redistribute fat rather than eliminate cellulite and regular treatments are required in order to keep the effect of the treatment fresh.
3. Mesotherapy is a controversial treatment for cellulite that involves injecting drugs or other substances directly into affected tissue. Herbs and vitamins are often used in the injection cocktails. Usually multiple injections over multiple sessions are required to maintain the results. Even though this type of treatment is administered, most experts feel that this treatment is unproven and risky.
4. The proven way: A calorie controlled diet with a consistent exercise plan is an excellent way to start improving cellulite appearance. Research shows that weight loss contributes to reduced fat cells near the skin leading to reduced cellulite appearance with consistent healthy lifestyle choices. Cardiovascular exercise will help reduce unwanted fat stores and resistance training will strengthen and tone weak muscles. Combine this with a healthy, balanced, low-calorie diet, and you should see reduced cellulite around the areas mentioned above.
You should be very cautious before trying out surgical procedures or other surgical or elaborate techniques of unproven value. While the FDA has approved massage and combined laser therapies, it is important to remember that these costly and time-consuming treatments are approved only for the temporary decrease in the appearance of cellulite. Most require ongoing treatments to maintain any positive effects.
Have a healthy week!