How To Checkmate Your Cellulite
It may be harmless but it bothers you a lot. We know how that feels, so we dug up some answers for you on how to effectively deal with cellulite.
You hit the gym every day. You’ve lost oodles of weight. And yet every time to pull out your beachwear, you have second thoughts. That’s because of the dimpled lumpy flesh that peeps out when you expose your thighs, stomach and buttocks. Who wants to put ‘orange peel skin’ on display like that?
It’s time for you to deal with your cellulite problem. That’s what it is - collection of fat that pushes against the connective tissue beneath your skin.
“Cellulite is the uneven and lumpy area of the skin caused due to fat accumulation in that particular body part. The fat is attached to the skin above and connected to the deeper tissues below by strong fibrous connective tissue bands. Having cellulite in the body is not harmful but it looks unsightly as the person ages. With age the overlying skin thins out and the accumulated fat becomes more prominent. As a result, it's advisable to treat this cellulite accumulation,” states Dr Shefali Trasi Nerurkar, MBBS, MD (Dermatology), Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Trasi Clinic and La Piel Skin Clinic.
Understanding the cellulite problem
There are both surgical and non-invasive techniques available. We are here to help you make a calculated and ideal decision. Cellulite is subcutaneous fat, which means it is right under the surface of the skin. In simple terms, cellulite is a fat buildup underneath the skin's surface. Some people are more predisposed to this kind of accumulation than others. Various factors contribute to cellulite accumulation. It is a myth that only overweight people have cellulite. Although It can be visible at all ages and in all body types, it is more prevalent in post pubescent women than men and young people. Loss of collagen makes skin more susceptible to visible fat.
Cellulite may be caused by any of the following factors:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle
- Accumulation of toxins in the body
- Rapid weight gain
Let’s look at the most popular options:
“Cryolipolysis is a non-surgical treatment, which removes cellulite by freezing the fat cells beneath the skin. Once these fat cells are frozen, there is a natural death (apoptosis) of these cells by rupture. Later these dead liquid cells are removed by lymphatics out of the body. Results of cryolipolysis are not seen immediately and many treatments are needed to dissolve an inch of fat. It takes three to four months to see a noticeable reduction in cellulite. After three months, the next sitting of cryolipolysis can be done for further improvement,” states Dr Nerurkar.
Using sound waves to target fat cells is known as ultrasound treatment. It may take up to three months and multiple treatments to see desired results. The vibrations generated with acoustic and ultrasound waves in this treatment stimulate and increase collagen production, improving the appearance, texture and elasticity of the skin. Dr Nerurkar shares, “Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves to heat and eliminate fat in the abdomen and thighs. Results take two or three months. However ultrasound alone cannot eliminate the cellulite and has to be combined with other treatments.”
Laser and radiofrequency treatments
“Radiofrequency treatment with vacuum suction can also heat the deeper cellulite pads and help remove it,” says Dr Nerurkar. In this treatment, radiofrequency, infrared light and diode laser energy is used to treat cellulite. Heat and suction are the mechanisms, which break down different grades of cellulite, making this one of the most sought cellulite reduction treatments.
Acoustic wave therapy
“Acoustic wave therapy works on the connective tissue in areas of the body prone to cellulite. The vibration technology causes neocollagenesis and increases the collagen production. This improves the appearance and texture of the skin,” explains Dr Nerurkar.
Vacuum-assisted precise tissue release
This procedure is similar to Cellfina. Small blades of needles are used to break the tough bands under the skin. The process allows tissue to move upwards and fill the skin pockets. Results achieved through this treatment may last up to three years.
The process of inserting carbon dioxide beneath the skin surface to suffocate the fat cells is known as carboxy therapy. It improves the blood flow and reduces the cellulite. While effective, this process may cause some discomfort and bruise to the patients.
Dr Nerurkar adds, “None of these treatments are harmful when done properly. One has to remember that fat which is accumulated over many years will not melt away so easily. However, regular persistent efforts and treatments can surely benefit the patient. Don't overdo any treatments. Keep proper gaps between two treatments. Combination treatments work best for better improvement,”
Change in lifestyle
She advises, “Regular exercising, aerobics and strength training can help decrease body fat. Well-toned and defined muscles are less prone for cellulite. Adhere to a diet with more fibre, more antioxidants with fruits and vegetables. Intake of junk, high calorie and processed foods should be avoided. Drink a lot of water to hydrate the body and skin.”
Dr Nerurkar warns that these treatments are not a permanent solution. If the area is prone to fat accumulation, then cellulite can redevelop in that area.
Self-perception is important. It boosts morale and gives confidence. Sometimes there are ways to change your appearance and it can help you look up and walk tall with confidence. The above-mentioned treatments are available at a dermatologist’s clinic, and you will benefit immensely by consulting with an aesthetic expert who will not only guide you towards the right treatment path, but will also help you deal with negative perception that you may have about your own body.
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