According to an article in Scientific American, 90% of women and 10% of men are affected by cellulite, the appearance of dimpling and fat pockets that can be found along the knees, thighs and butt region. It is sometimes referred to as a cottage cheese or orange peel syndrome. Cellulite is thought to be caused by a number of factors such as diet, genetics, hormones, and lifestyle factors such as lack of physical activity and tight clothing that constrict circulation.
Many of us dread bathing suit season and have tried endless home remedies, creams, and treatments to improve the appearance of cellulite. This article takes a look into treatments that are offered and how well they hold up against one another.
How to Get Rid of Cellulite: What works and what doesn’t?
Some cellulite treatments are based on massage targeted to increase blood flow and promote lymphatic flow. There are a number of handheld cellulite massaging devices and rollers available at most major beauty stores. According to the Mayo Clinic, the results may offer some improvement but the results are typically short lived.
There are countless numbers of creams on the market containing different herbs, vitamins, and ingredients that are said to reduce cellulite. Creams that contain caffeine may produce a temporary tightening effect and some that contain vitamin A may help thicken the outer layer of skin over time. According to Web MD, there is no scientific evidence that creams are effective and pose a risk for skin reactions and a danger to people with circulatory problems.
Lasers and Radiofrequency systems
Body FX delivers radiofrequency energy at deep and superficial levels in conjunction with a vacuum system to treat the fibrous attachments that cause cellulite. This treatment is non-invasive and has no downtime. Typically a series of treatments is required and with this method results may last up to 6 months.
This new minimally invasive procedure is clinically shown and FDA cleared to treat and keep away cellulite for 2 years. This single outpatient procedure offers minimal downtime and is performed in about an hour by a physician. Cellfina treats the structural cause of cellulite, the bands woven throughout the fat. The bands are injected with a numbing agent then treated providing results in as little as 3 days. In Cellfina’s clinical trials the procedure had a 96% patient satisfaction rate at 2 years.
The Mayo Clinic, Web MD, and Medical News today all commonly reported that eating a healthy and balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly are important in the prevention of cellulite. Medical News Today also suggested wearing looser fitting undergarments that do not constrict circulation for prevention.
At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills, we offer the most innovative and efficacious treatments available to our patients for cosmetic enhancements and aesthetic rejuvenation. The latest technology provides the best results, and we’re dedicated to providing these results to you. If you are interested in Cellfina or BodyFX for cellulite reduction, we invite you to join us for a complimentary consultation in our medical spa serving the greater Chicago area. We can’t wait to meet you!