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Cellulite is one of those things that no one wants to see or hear about. But the truth is cellulite is very common especially as people age. One resource claims that 90% of women will have it at sometime during their life. Typically it affects women more than it does men but men are not immune to it. The areas where it is most often found is on the legs, buttocks and stomach areas. In order to further understand a treatment for it, one needs to understand what it is and what it is not because some treatments advertised for it are purely bunk.
Cellulite is regular body fat that is located just under the skin layers of the dermis and epidermis in what is known as the subcutaneous fat layer which is closer to the surface. As a result there is not much covering it and its texture is seen more easily than other types of fat on the body, often giving way to the “cottage cheese” look. However a common misconception with Cellulite is that it only shows up on people who are overweight. While this maybe more common, it does not necessarily discriminate and even skinny models can have cellulite. What often is responsible for this is a combination of genetics and hormonal issues.
There are several cellulite removing treatments on the market with some working better than others. There is the cellulite wrap for example, a spa treatment often combined with a herbal cream and vibrating message that claim to disperse the fat so it is not as noticeable directly under the skin advertised as being effective for the short term appearance of cellulite. However, any fat cells are not actually eliminated or changed and while this may feel good and work temporarily there are no proven long term benefits.
Another option that people often opt for is the cream related treatments found at beauty salons and related shops. They are specialty creams aimed at the reduction of look of cellulite. You will save money with this option as apposed to the “spa treatment” and many of these creams offer a money back guarantee to make sure you are pleased with the result. Some people have reported a tingling feeling while applying them but have claimed a short term reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Some people also try to tan the appearance away, but we all know the damage that the suns ultraviolet rays can do to ones skin but some people ignore this and choose a darker tanned skin, but ultimately then you just have tanned cellulite.
Then there is always the surgical option for treating cellulite. This typically involves liposuction. There are different techniques that can be used to remove cellulite. These include tumescent, smart lipo, vaser, and laser liposuction. What appeals to many about this option is that it actually removes fat from the body, a promise that other treatments can not deliver on. However it is not as easy as it sounds because the areas targeted by liposuction are not the layer where cellulite resides. In having liposuction you will still have the appearance of cellulite of some degree anyways, it may look better due to having less fat on your trouble area overall. Liposuction cannot be safely done in the subcutaneous layer where cellulite resides. The hope for many is that technology will one day allow for a much more targeted surgical approach to reducing cellulite.
More recently laser treatment has emerged for treating cellulite, this is where a low intensity laser increases blood circulation, along with special cooling to reduce inflammation and suction massage to promote lymphatic drainage and encourage collagen growth. This is also known as the Tri-Active Laser which was approved by the FDA. While this approach by tradition would be more expensive than some, the FDA approval to it would definitely attract many clients.
As with many health related solutions, a better diet and exercise is a very sound approach to fighting cellulite, and while it may not completely eliminate it, there can be no wrong done in eliminating some fat and increasing muscle tone. Also, do not be shy about talking to a dermatologist if you feel the need about cellulite or other related skin issues.
The American Academy of Dermatology has developed an excellent resource for information about acne and skin diseases. Excellent resources and research articles on skin conditions can be found online at the Archives of Dermatology.
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