What Actually is Cellulite?

In the United States there are over 100 million adult women.

Of these 100% suffer from cellulite.

The truth be told, studies show that actually 80-90% of adult women actually have some degree of cellulite, the remaining 10-20% believe they have it!

With these staggering numbers it is no wonder that cellulite has become a leading complaint to all physicians practicing aesthetic medicine.

The good news is that there are no diseases or health issues associated with the development of cellulite.

The bad news is that despite literally hundreds of products promoted and sold each year there are none that can remove, reduce or eliminate cellulite.

These products may temporarily help disguise the problem but cannot do any more than that.

What Actually Is Cellulite?

It is defined as the dimpled or cottage cheese appearance of the skin that frequently affects women’s hips, thighs and buttocks.

Just below the lower layer of the skin, the dermis, lays a layer of fat.

This layer helps buffer the deeper fat and muscles as well as cushioning the skin and providing a barrier that softens the appearance of structures under the skin.

This fat layer is attached to the skin by fibrous cords (septae) that penetrate down to the muscle forming small compartments.

When the fat trapped in these compartments swells, tension is placed on the septae that causes a retraction of the skin and the dimpled appearance typical of cellulite results.

Interestingly, men usually do not suffer with cellulite due to the fact that the structure and organization of the septae in their skin is different than that in women.

Now that you have a better understanding of cellulite, you can understand why over the counter products cannot effectively treat the problem.

These products cannot get rid of the septae and they cannot remove or shrink the fat between.

Some may improve the quality of the overlying skin, increase hydration or cause a mild inflammation which can swell the skin and camouflage cellulite.

Cellulite is measured in grades.

Grade 0 – no visible cellulite even if skin is pinched.

Grade 1- none seen when standing or standing but evident when pinched.

Grade 2 – evident when standing but disappears when lying down.

Grade 3 – cellulite is always evident.

There have been some successful reductions of cellulite using surgical techniques such as liposuction.

More recently with the FDA approval of laser assisted liposuction, Smart Lipo and others, there have been even better results as the laser not only can cut the fibrous septae and remove fat but can also cause skin tightening.

However, the goal has been to find a less invasive form of therapy that will do more than camouflage the problem but rather actually have a long-term effect and treat the problem.

2 of the newest therapies are based on new laser therapies and have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of cellulite.

The first is Vela Shape which features the unique technology, a combination of bi-polar radiofrequency infrared light energy, vacuum and mechanical massage to deploy targeted heat to adipose (fat) tissue.

The combination of these energies increases metabolism, increases lymphatic drainage and reduces or shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers.

The net result is gradual smoothening of skin’s surface with a noticeable reduction in cellulite.

The treatment is not painful and is similar to deep tissue massage. Of note is that some patients treated with Vela Shape have also reported size reductions and improvements in body contouring.

A series of treatments are needed to achieve results and a maintenance program is recommended.

Smooth Shapes by Eleme, the most recent and advanced of the new therapies, uses Photomology.

This shrink enlarged fat cells through a unique mechanism of action combining dynamic laser and light energy utilizing contoured rollers and vacuum suction to specifically target problem cellulite.

Photomology gently stimulates natural metabolic processes to minimize the underlying causes of cellulite such as edema impaired blood circulation and decreased metabolism to restore the tissue into a better state.

2 specific wavelengths of light are used during treatment.

One penetrates well into the tissue and is preferentially absorbed by lipids causing fat cells to leak and shrink in size.

Contoured rollers move liquefied fat to the lymphatic system for dynamic drainage outside the body.

This combination of laser and light energy, vacuum suction and mechanical massage represents a significant improvement in the treatment of unwanted cellulite.

A series of 8 treatments allows patients to experience smoother, firmer skin in the treatment area with lasting cellulite reduction results.

Thereafter maintenance treatments may be recommended.

Lifestyle changes including dietary changes, exercise and a general healthy lifestyle will help reduce cellulite.

These latest therapies can restore your legs appearance with smoother skin and also restore your confidence in showing your legs in shorts, bathing suits and lingerie.

Joey AtlasCreated by Joey Atlas, Truth About Cellulite is his program that helps women to lose weight effectively by discarding unwanted cellulite from their bodies.

Knowing that many women globally are searching for solutions on-and-offline that may or may not work in helping them achieve their goals, what Joey has created is what he hopes will be their final solution.

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Author: Katherine McDolly

Besides being this blog author, Katherine McDolly has been a full-time certified nutritionist, distributor and beautician in both networking company Nuskin Pharmanex and beauty salon dealing with health and beauty products especially for women.

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