Each year,more and more women look at thier bodies only to see deposits if fat clumping under their skin to find out,they too have cellulite.If you are looking for the causes of cellulite,the effectiveness of each treatment as well as costs no matter how great or little and the new and upcoming treatments,you are reading the right article because as you will clearly see, no woman is safe from cellulite,no matter how fit!
It is amazing these days how many products and treatments are on the market for cellulite from creams and potions to laser treatments and heat treatments but the question is do any of them actually work and how much are you willing to pay to get rid of cellulite.
Cellulite does not just target overweight women who are out of shape as most would think, it can target virtually any woman of any size and any body type so if you think your alone, think again! You can be perfectly fit, exercising regularly and eat an excellent diet but still have cellulite. Carolyn Jacob, a dermatologist and associate clinical instructor of dermatology states that cellulite is largely genetic and up to 90% of woman have it! That really is a quite shocking number given the amount of women in the world and I must admit I feel rather envious of the 10% who don't have it, how lucky are they! Genetics do play a role in how your severe your cellulite will be as with the amount of fat in your body.
Cellulite is a fat but looks quite differently from other fats that cling to the body, it gives the appearance of dimpled skin and often shows up on the thighs, buttocks, upper legs and the back of legs. Mild cases only show up when the skin is pinched but in severe cases the skin does not have to be pinched to show that bumpy, lumpy fat. It is much more common for women to have cellulite then men because under the skin in the thighs buttocks and legs the fat contains fibrous bands and in men these bands are straight and in even rows while in women they are in zig zag patterns, thought to be caused from hormones, which in turn allows fat to push through the tissue resulting in the bumpy, lumpy looking skin called cellulite.
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Exercise and diet
Exercising can somewhat improve cellulite by doing low weight repetitive exercises on the legs. If you want to try and get rid of it with exercise it is suggested that you should use machines or free weights up to 5- 10 pounds in weight. Endurance training and strength training 2-3 times a week can help. To much weight can make cellulite more noticeable so dieting can also improve its appearance. If you can do both you can then reverse the two problems that cellulite accumulation is based on, muscle loss and fat gain.
Creams and Lotions
This can work slightly but only on a temporary basis as it is more based on the massaging of the cream which can help to drain away some of the fluid. Some lotions and creams also work temporarily because of the caffeine, which causes vasoconstriction, aiding in the appearance of cellulite but again these are only temporary effects and many dermatologists will not recommend this method based on the fact it does not give any sort of lasting effect.
Thermage (Heat treatments)
The Thermage technique has been used on the face for years for tightening the skin but has only been used recently for cellulite treatments. Thermage is a hand held device which is placed on the skin in a grid pattern and uses radio wave energy throughout the skin to create heat which in turn tightens the skins fibrous bands which causes the cellulite. Usually only one treatment is all that is needed which typically takes an hour and a half. It is said that the results from this method can last up to 21 months but works best on women ages 20-45, those over that may not see results at all. The cost for this treatment is around 2000 dollars but sometimes higher.
Liposuction which uses a hollow tube inserted beneath your skin as well as a vacuum to suck out the fat can definitely change your figure such as a smaller belly or buttocks but it only sometimes improves cellulite not all the time.
Lasers, Lights, Vacuums and Massage
This is a fairly new method that is still being studied which is supposed to work by combining treatments. The laser is used to liquefy the fat then a special light is used to help stimulate the production of production of collegan the main protein which lacks in fibrous bands and is most needed to stop cellulite from appearing. Suction is then applied with a vacuum to ensure light to the tissues and then rollers are used to move the liquefied fats from the prone area into the lymphatic system for drainage. Improvement was noticed in some patients in as little as 4 treatments. Apparently the results last up to 1-2 years provided patients don't change their diet or exercise routine. Treatment for this cost about $125 -$175 per treatment and the treatment plan is twice a week for four weeks.
Scientists are now looking into a method called cryolipolysis a treatments that virtually chills your fat. Using cold above freezing mark can cause fat to be absorbed.
Viagra is another new drug that is being studied for cellulite. It is now used for erectile dysfunction, however; researchers in Croatia are saying that it may help to smooth out cellulite stating that the drug may burn the fat that causes cellulite while improving your circulation at the same time.
In light of all of the above I don't think they have quite found a cure for cellulite as of yet but they have found ways to visibly reduce it. Perhaps one day in the near future they will find a cure and maybe it will be through Viagra, who knows I guess we will all just have to wait and find out but until then I guess it is how the old saying goes you get what you pay for.
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