How to get rid of cellulite
What is cellulite ?
If you’ve got cellulite, you know what it is! You know – it’s that lumpy, bumpy flesh that is commonly found on our thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen. Although it is more commonly found on both adult and adolescent women, men can have it too.
Cellulite is just normal fat (also known as Adipose Tissue) just underneath the skin and contained within a structural network of fibres. It looks bumpy because the fat pushes against this network of fibres causing it to look puckered.
Men’s cellulite is different
Men have different connective tissue structure within the first layer of subcutaneous fat. That is why they do not appear to have cellulite as often as women. While cellulite is not a serious medical condition, it can be unsightly.
Why do we get cellulite?
There are several reasons why we might develop cellulite and they can include
- Yo-yo dieting
- Lethargic metabolism
- Poor diet
- Lack of physical exercise
- Hormonal changes (just ask a post menopausal woman!)
- High body fat levels
Grades of Cellulite
A simple grading-score of cellulite by inspection was given by Nürnberger and Müller (1978).
Grade 0 – Smooth surface of skin while lying down and standing. Wrinkles upon pinch-test.
Grade 1 – Smooth surface of skin while lying down and standing. Mattress-phenomenon upon pinch-test. Smooth surface of skin while lying down.
Grade 2 – Mattress-phenomenon spontaneously while standing.
Grade 3 – Mattress-phenomenon spontaneously while standing and lying down.
How to get rid of cellulite
Any solution to cellulite must include a sensible diet, physical activity and sensible lifestyle choices, particularly around smoking and the consumption of alcohol.
Unlike muscle, fat does not respond to spot exercise and this really doesn’t help people with just one or two problem areas.
Historically there have been dozens of treatments that have claimed to reduce cellulite with varying degrees of success.. Although at Lyte we use the latest technology with truSculpting, that actually eliminates the cellulite causing fat, we’ve jotted down a few other methods too.
Here is what you should know about some of the other options for getting rid of cellulite:
Massage and Endermologie.
The appearance of cellulite can appear to temporarily improve after massage and other spa treatments such as Endermologie. These require multiple sessions ( a guideline is 14 to 20 treatments) Massage does not remove cellulite. Any effect is short-lived and probably due to the removal of excess fluid.
Some manufacturers claim that they have creams that dissolve fat and smooth the skin. There is no scientific evidence that these creams are effective against cellulite, and for some people, they can be harmful due to some of the ingredients included in them. Unfortunately they do not often come with warnings as to the contradictions for using them. It is believed that any apparent effect on the appearance of cellulite may be due to narrowing blood vessels and forcing water from the skin. This is the attributed to the use of the asthma drug Aminophylline in many creams. This can cause can allergic reactions and is of concern to people with circulatory problems.
This is a surgical procedure with substantial downtime and aftercare, including the need to wear post surgical garments. It removes deep fat deposits from the body not cellulite, which is just beneath the skin. Not only does it carry the risk of any surgical procedures, The American Academy of Dermatology warns that it may actually make the cellulite look worse by creating more depressions in the skin.
Mesotherapy was originally developed to relieve the pain of inflammatory skin conditions. It involves injections of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes into the tissue just beneath the skin. The treatment may break down fat and bring a slight improvement in the appearance of cellulite. But it also carries risks, which include swelling, infection, and irregular contours.
TruSculpt Laser Cellulite Treatment
TruSculpt is a nonsurgical, no downtime treatment that has been clinically proven to target problem areas of fat and cellulite that have been resistant to diet and exercise.
It is a non invasive RF (radio frequency) technology that delivers deep heating to adipose tissue for body sculpting, fat reduction and skin tightening.
During the session, radio frequency is used to heat your tissue up to half an inch below the skin, just deep enough to heat unwanted fat to about 45 degrees. Fat cells cannot tolerate this temperature and literally are die off. Your body naturally excretes these cells as waste over the next 6 – 8 weeks.
You will be left noticeably trimmer, with reduced fat bulges.