Which Might Be the Best Cellulite Treatment for You?
It may surprise you to learn that the dimpled skin on your thighs and buttocks is probably not the result of consuming too many cream cakes and sugary drinks. Around 90% of women are affected by this so-called cottage cheese effect and many of them are actually quite slim. In fact, the cause of this condition is more closely related to female physiology and anatomy than to diet. Those unsightly lumps occur when subcutaneous fat is forced between the connective tissue fibres above and then become trapped just beneath the skin. Consequently, cellulite treatment is as much about the re-distribution of fat as it is about getting rid of it.
There are no patented pills to fix this appearance and the various topical creams that are claimed to be of help simply fail to live up to their manufacturers’ claims. Furthermore, although it can be helpful to lose a little weight, dieting alone will not provide the much sought-after solution. In practice, of the various options on offer, there are just a few that have been shown to deliver anything like the promised results. Of these, two options, in particular, have become widely recognised as providing effective forms of cellulite treatment.
The first of these is a minimally-invasive procedure that can address a number of different skin problems, including the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks, as well as the breakdown of subcutaneous fat deposits. Known as carboxytherapy, this FDA-approved technique involves the injection of tiny quantities of carbon dioxide beneath the skin, where its effect is to break down deposits of fat whilst stimulating the production of healthy new collagen. Because the body perceives the build-up of CO2 as amounting to oxygen depletion, it boosts circulation to the affected area where the subsequently increased levels of oxygen and nutrients form the basis of this popular cellulite treatment.
Although carboxytherapy is a relatively painless procedure with no lasting side effects and requiring no more than 24 hours for recovery, some people may still prefer to avoid the use of needles. For them, the device known as VelaShape || offers the option of a totally non-invasive procedure that also carries the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s seal of approval. A special applicator delivers a combination of infra-red light and bi-polar radio frequency (RF) energy, which penetrates the skin to heat fat cells and stimulate the production of the connective tissue proteins, collagen, and elastin, while an applied vacuum provides a massage effect that aids penetration.
Suitable for use on the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, neck, and arms, it is effective both for cellulite treatment and circumferential reduction.