Cellulite — most women have it and would love to get rid of it. Caused by fat bulging out between strands of connective tissue, it can give an orange peel or cottage cheese-like appearance to the skin. Is there any cellulite treatment that truly gets the job done? Here are three options.
1. Address the underlying fat through weight loss.
Half the battle with cellulite is fat. Losing it through diet and exercise — with or without the use of fat burner supplements — can make a significant difference in the number of dimples on your thighs. However, how much of a difference it’ll make depends on the elasticity of your skin. If your skin seems to bounce back easily after you lose weight, then dropping fat will most likely be an effective way for you to lose cellulite. However, there’s a risk that the skin could sag and look worse. Losing weight slowly can help cut down on the danger of sagging. Drinking green tea can also contribute to fat burning and improved skin elasticity.
2. Apply creams to problem areas.
Cellulite creams typically contain caffeine and retinol to reduce cellulite. Caffeine is used because it seems to shrink fat cells. It usually will only create a temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite.
Retinol can help to boost the amount of collagen in the skin. That contributes to making the skin thicker and more elastic. Thinner skin tends to show cellulite more. One study showed that cream that contained 0.03 percent retinol decreased the appearance of cellulite after use for six months. It thickened the skin by an average of 2 mm.
3. Get professional treatments for cellulite.
There’s a cellulite treatment called endermologie that kneads the skin using rollers and suction. Endermologie is offered in salons and helps to improve circulation. Increased circulation may also improve the appearance of cellulite.
Dermatologists also offer high-tech ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite. They have cellulite machines such as VelaSmooth and Thermage that use radio wave energy. The radio waves break up pockets of fat while also firming and thickening the skin.
There’s a relatively new surgical treatment for cellulite that’s called Cellulaze. The United States’ Food and Drug Administration cleared it for the treatment of cellulite in 2012. It works by using a laser under the skin. The sideways laser destroys the bands of connective tissue that pull down on the skin and create dimples.
Cellulaze is expensive to do and has temporary side effects such as swelling and bruising. However, this new treatment is producing a high level of customer satisfaction according to the plastic surgeons administering it.
Losing weight, using creams and visiting a doctor or salon — all of these methods can help to improve the appearance of cellulite. For most women, it’s necessary to take a multipronged approach. Burning fat while also taking care of the skin seem to be the two most critical factors involved in successfully reducing cellulite.