CELLULITE TREATMENTS: 14 BEST PROVEN WAYS
Several therapies are available for cellulite treatment. Due to the different cellulite influencing factors; some combinations of treatment options also abound. Regular exercise, a healthy diet and generally leading a healthy lifestyle are the fundamental basis for a good start. Therapeutic methods for cellulite treatment include the following 14 best-proven treatments.
No.1: WEIGHT LOSS
Depending on your weight and the severity of your cellulite, losing weight can play a decisive role in the reduction of cellulite.6
Regular exercise improves blood circulation in the skin and the fat tissue under the skin. This improved blood flow allows a particular reduction in cellulite- reducing its severity. Do note that sudden weight loss leads to the development of cellulite. So, if you’re planning to lose weight, do include some exercise sessions to help improve blood flow.
No.3: MASSAGE THE AFFECTED SKIN
Massaging, like exercise, helps improve blood circulation in the skin and also in the fat tissue under the skin. This enhances lymphatic drainage, which leads to the reduction of cellulite.
Endermology® is a therapy that is carried out with a specially designed LPG device. It consists of a treatment head with two powered rollers and a suction system. Due to the combination of rolls, suction, and elevators, there is an improved blood circulation and drainage of lymph fluid. The result is healthier and firmer skin. Endermology® is a safe therapy. There are rarely complications; however, the treatment must be regularly repeated at least 10 to 20 times in order to achieve positive results.
During peelings of the leg, different fluids are used to ensure that the upper layers of the skin can be removed. This results in a deep inflammation causing the formation of a new, tighter skin. This ensures that your cellulite is less visible to others. The procedure usually consists of 5 to 10 sessions in order to see noticeable and lasting effects.
Subcision is a surgical technique that involves using a sharp knife to cut the connective tissue that is causing withdrawals. This eliminates the withdrawal of the skin and encourages bruising which causes new tissue to be created. This technique can only be used in the advanced stage of cellulite, seen in rest.16-17
No.7: MESOTHERAPY AND PHOSPHATIDYLCHOLINE-INJECTIONS
Mesotherapy is a method that uses cutaneous injections; these injections contain a mixture of compounds for the treatment of cellulite and other cosmetic conditions. Although mesotherapy was used primarily to relief pain- its cosmetic applications (particularly fat and cellulite removal) have recently received attention in the treatment of cellulite. An increasing number of testimonies from patients using this treatment method reveals that subcutaneous injections of a formula containing phosphatidylcholine are effective in removing small collections of adipose tissue. Hence, it is not very successful in treating cellulite overall. Moreover, due to many side effects, phosphatidylcholine injections are no longer permitted in the Netherlands.
Cryolipolysis is a non-surgical technique for treating and reducing localized fat. This freezing causes an inflammation of the subcutaneous fat which makes this layer thinner without affecting the skin. This process does not take place immediately, but develops gradually over a period of several months. Even with the increased risk of complications resulting from more invasive methods such as liposuction; the cryolipolysis method presents a promising method for nonsurgical body-contouring. The number of usage and trials on this method has thus far revealed that it may present a good alternative to liposuction. Although cryolipolysis has proven itself effective in reducing fat in small local areas- the effectiveness for the treatment of cellulite is still unclear.
Carboxytherapy is a treatment where carbon dioxide (CO2) is injected into the skin in gaseous form. This reduces the small blood vessels under the skin and improves blood flow, resulting in an improvement of cellulite. Despite the emerging popularity, the safety of this therapy has not been demonstrated and has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
NO.10: RADIO AND ULTRASOUND WAVES
Radiofrequency (RF) and ultrasound energy treatment are a new and promising technology being employed for non-surgical body-contouring, fat, and quite probably cellulite reduction. Though it has not been tried by the majority of cellulite patients, there have been a lot of signs and analysis that revealed that this is a good method of treating cellulite. With deep and controlled heating of the fatty layers under the skin- the effects of tissue tightening and increased blood circulation usually seen on the skin mean that fatty deposits are drained through the lymphatic system, tending to reduce the appearance of cellulite.21-28
NO.11: LIPOSUCTION / LIPOSCULPTURE
Liposuction is a technique in which surgical fat is sucked away. Liposculpture and lipoplasty mean shaping the body through local fat removal or simply adding fat. This can sometimes improve the cellulite aspect, but does not always lead to good results.
Lipolysis injection is a technique that allows specific local fat absorption to be solved by injection. This treatment consists of several consecutive series of treatments. On average, 1 to 4 treatments are performed with an interval of 2 to 4 weeks in between. Tens of thousands of patients have been treated for local fat deposits throughout the world. However, in the Netherlands, two cases have become associated with dermatitis- which makes this treatment no longer permitted in the Netherlands. The effect on cellulite is limited.
Tri-active™ uses three mechanisms to tackle cellulite: laser cooling and massage. This combination ensures that the skin gets an improved blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, resulting in a reduction of cellulite.
NO.14: PHARMACOLOGICAL RESOURCES
Many substances have been incorporated into creams and lotions. Most of these agents have not been researched well before they were incorporated into the creams, with the exception of methylxanthines, retinoids, and the new drug Adiposlim™.29-34
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