An Overview of the Current Options for Cellulite Reduction
Before considering the various treatments that are claimed to aid cellulite reduction, it is worth reviewing the nature of and possible causes for the condition that, in some form, has been claimed to affect more than 90% of women over the age of 30. This is less common in men, and this is thought to be due to differences in the orientation of connective tissue and fat cells, which in women is vertical, rather than the criss-cross arrangement found in men.
Typified by lumpy and dimpled skin, cellulite is due to pockets of fat being trapped between bands of subcutaneous tissue and then causing them to protrude. It affects both thin and overweight subjects, and even Olympic athletes and supermodels. Although effective for normal weight loss, dieting is of little use in cellulite reduction and may even worsen its appearance. Unfortunately, one is unlikely to fare any better when undergoing liposuction, as the trapped, superficial pockets of fat are not addressed by this procedure.
The condition varies in its severity and is ranked according to a scale published in 2009 according to the number and depth of depressions, and the extent of the draping of the skin that accompanies them. While the greater susceptibility of women is understood, the causes of the condition are less clear, with aging and hormonal factors leading to diminished blood flow and loss of dermal elasticity considered the most likely
Methods for cellulite reduction include the application of topical creams, mostly containing caffeine or retinol – some of which do appear to have a temporary effect. Much longer-lasting, but ultimately still only temporary, an FDA-approved laser devise inserted beneath the skin delivers heat to melt the lumpy deposits. It is, however, expensive and as stated, only a temporary solution. In addition, ultrasound and radio frequency energy is employed in various non-invasive devices in order to produce similar results.
Fairly popular outside of the US, where it is not FDA approved, mesotherapy employs injections of substances such as vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids to promote cellulite reduction, but carries the risk of infection and can sometimes worsen things. Ultimately, in fact, the most effective means to defeat the dimpling is likely to be exercise, improving circulation and promoting muscle growth to strengthen those weakened bands of tissue. Interestingly, this does not have to mean daily visits to the gym and tortuous sessions with weights and other exercise apparatus.
Instead, Body20 studios are equipped to offer South Africans the option of a personalised programme of training, based upon advanced EMS technology, that can achieve cellulite reduction and ongoing control of those dimpled and sagging areas with just a single 20-minute session each week.