Cellulite – what an electricity company does!!! HAHAHA! Thought we’d start off with a cheesy joke (slipped yet another one in there)! Because what better way to start a depressing blog topic than with a fantastic pun- very few folks are loving their cellulite!
Cellulite is that pleasant, bumpy fat just under the skin. Cellulite forms because fat under the skin is separated by fibrous bands called septae into compartments. If the fat expands and the septae remain tight and stiff, then fat shows up in the dimples we know as cellulite. Cellulite tends to appear on the backs of the thighs, on your booty, tummy and even around the upper arms. Cellulite is often known as cottage cheese, because well, it looks like it. Most treatments are shams & don’t work very well. We’re here to go over some tried and true techniques that you can depend on to lessen the look of your cellulite.
Before we get started, let’s review some facts!
- 80-98% of women get cellulite (oh great!)
- 10% of men get cellulite (lucky ducks!)
- Too much estrogen may play a role in cellulite
- Cellulite can occur at any age, though older woman are more susceptible
- Both thin and not so thin folks can get cellulite
- Losing weight does not make cellulite disappear (in fact it could exacerbate it if you’re not hitting the gym)
- No studies show that creams used by themselves offer any improvement
- Sunbathing makes cellulite worse
- Cellulite may be in your genes
- Smoking can make cellulite worse
Now it’s time for the treatments! HOORAY!
By injecting skin fillers into your problem areas, you can lessen the severity of how your cellulite looks. Ask your esthetician or derm about using fillers in area’s that you’re self-conscience about. Fillers actually fill in the skin, making the dimples disappear. Most peeps would choose to have this done on their back side.
The first and only FDA-approved surgical treatment for cellulite reduction. The average cost is about $5,825 (according to RealSelf.com).
Cellulaze works by using laser beams causing the fibrous seprate to be disturbed. By breaking apart the fibers that make the fat form in the first place, you get a smoother surface. The actual fat is still there but it looks more like cream than cottage cheese. The results appear to be long lasting & no cellulite treatment (to date) is permanent. This procedure takes 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
- SmoothShapes – heats the fat with lasers
- Dermosonic – heats the fat with ultrasound
- VelaShape, truSculpt, Body FX & Venus Freeze – heat the fat with radio frequency
- Endermologie – relies on a deep massage using a special body suit
These treatments don’t hurt and have little to no downtime. Treatments are usually required every 1-2 weeks and it can get costly.
This is one for home-use. It’s similar to Endermologie in the way it works. For about $1,200-$1,500 you can get this deep-tissue massage device and use in the privacy of your own home. This product gets really rave reviews!
Consider taking a collagen supplement because lack of collagen aids in weakening the elastin fibers making cellulite look more apparent.
DIY Cellulite Treatment
Caffeine is known to reduce the swelling that accentuates cellulite. Try a scrub made out of coffee grounds. Massage a half cup of brewed coffee grounds (still wet) against your skin. Apply plastic wrap over this area and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Results should last six to ten hours. Not bad if you’ve got an event coming up and you need to look your best.
Hit me up if you’ve heard of different treatments to help combat cellulite. I’d be happy to look into them.