Why does one get cellulite?
Cellulite develops when the septae, which connect the skin to the muscular fascia beneath it, tighten erratically, dragging the skin downward, or when they start to degrade, causing the typical layer of fat beneath the skin to push upward. This causes the “cottage cheese” or puckering appearance.
Cellulite can be found on the thighs, buttocks, and belly in 85 to 90% of adult women. As skin loses elasticity and is less able to withstand the uneven stress produced by the fibrous bands, cellulite might appear worse as we age. Although cellulite is more noticeable in overweight people, it can also appear on very thin women, and losing weight seldom eliminates cellulite completely.
What alternatives do I have for treatment?
Numerous procedures are used by cosmetic surgeons to assist patients get rid of cellulite. The majority of them can provide results that last a year or longer, however none are everlasting. The availability of these or any other treatments will depend on what cosmetic surgeons in your area offer; we’ve included the most popular treatment kinds and brand name applications below.
Treatments with lasers (Cellulaze®)
Cellulaze, the FDA-cleared procedure, uses a tiny laser probe that is implanted just beneath the skin through a tiny incision to reduce cellulite. The tissues beneath the skin’s surface are heated by this laser, which helps to:
releases part of the fibrous septae, which reduces the thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer and increases collagen formation.
Laser cellulite treatment is regarded as minimally invasive, even though it requires very small incisions, and can be successfully carried out by a skilled professional in-office while under local anaesthesia. The normal downtime is between one and two days. Patients often get their desired results after just one Cellulaze treatment, which is intended to endure for roughly a year.
Alternative energy therapies
Numerous procedures heat the skin, promote the synthesis of collagen, and diminish cellulite using energy from radiofrequency (RF), ultrasound, infrared light, or radial pulses. Energy-based cellulite reduction may also assist in modest fat loss and/or relaxing the fibrous septae to achieve a smoother, more even skin texture, depending on the precise therapy. current medications approved by the FDA include:
VelaShape® (RF and infrared light) (RF and infrared light)
VIRGIN FREEZE® (RF and pulsed electro-magnetic fields)
Body ThermiSmooth® (RF)
Z Wave Zimmer (radial pulse therapy)
Energy-based cellulite treatments are considered non-invasive and typically don’t include any downtime because the energy is administered via the skin. However, for the best outcomes, a course of treatments might be suggested. Furthermore, results only last a short time, so you will need to repeat treatment every few months to keep them.