(AscendHealthy.com) – The vast majority of women have cellulite. It’s not dangerous, but most of us would prefer it to disappear. So, how do we get rid of it? It turns out there are several effective options.
Some of the ways women are minimizing the appearance of cellulite include diet and exercise, creams, massage, vacuums, supplements, radiofrequency treatments, and injections. They have all been approved by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) as safe and effective treatments. Read on for more about each of them.
Let’s Look at Some of the Best Ways to Combat Cellulite.
Cellulite poses no health risk, but many people find it unsightly. Dimpled or cottage cheese-looking skin commonly appears in the thigh, hip, and butt areas. Cellulite forms when fatty tissue presses up against connective tissue and causes the fat to bunch up, creating a rippled appearance.
Cellulite is prevalent in women. An estimated 85-90% of all women over the age of 21 have it. It’s less common in men because their connective tissue is generally stronger, and they have less subcutaneous fat than women.
Risk factors for cellulite include:
- Estrogen levels
- Inflammation of the tissue
- Weight gain and the increase of fatty tissue
- Loss of collagen
- Circulation problems
- Poor lymphatic drainage
- Thinning epidermis (outer layer of the skin)
Here are some of the ways that we can reduce the appearance of cellulite.
1. Medications and Creams
Topical products like caffeine and retinol work on cellulite by dehydrating the fat cells and thickening the skin, making the cellulite less visible. To see results, apply the creams daily for at least six months.
Dermatologists say at-home creams work temporarily, kind of like makeup. Their advantage is that they are the least expensive way to treat cellulite. The best way to use topical creams is in combination with massage therapy because it helps reduce the appearance of dimpled fat.
Endermologie is another effective cellulite treatment. It involves deep tissue massage with a device similar to a vacuum that lifts the skin. This procedure can temporarily improve cellulite by draining lymphatic fluid. It can also reduce the mass of fat cells and improve skin microcirculation.
People notice a difference quickly with endermologie, usually after just one session. It must be repeated relatively often to maintain the change. For most people, cellulite will reappear after about three months. While this procedure costs more than topical medications, it’s not as expensive as most of the other in-office treatments. It costs a few hundred dollars per session.
3. Bioactive Collagen Peptides
A 2015 study examined another interesting treatment for cellulite. They found a significant improvement in women who took bioactive collagen peptide oral supplements.
In the study, women took supplements every day for six months. After that time, researchers saw a decrease in cellulite on the thighs. Women at higher weights and at moderate weights saw improvements, with the greatest improvement seen by women in the moderate-weight category.
4. Radiofrequency Treatments
Radiofrequency treatments are another option. Some of these devices use both mechanical and thermal energy. They work by using acoustic shockwave energy to break up the fibrous bands that cause the dimpling. This treatment is not painful, and there’s no downtime. Typically a session takes 20-30 minutes.
For the best results, four of these sessions should be performed over a two-week period. Each one will cost around $1,000. After the initial four sessions, maintenance treatments are required every three to six months.
For people who don’t mind more invasive treatments, there are also injectables. One treatment is called Cellfina. This is a medical procedure where the dermatologist inserts a needle just below the surface of the skin to break up the fat bands that cause the appearance of cellulite.
In a study of 232 women, 99% of them were satisfied with their Cellfina treatments and results. It can reduce cellulite for more than two years.
The downside is that injections are pretty expensive. Expect to pay around $2,500 to $5,000 for each session.
6. Exercise and Lifestyle Changes
One natural way that we can combat cellulite is with exercise and lifestyle changes. Doing specific leg and glute exercises like lunges and squats will help to tighten the skin around the problem areas. That could mean a reduction in cellulite. Stronger muscles and tighter skin will reduce its appearance.
There may be no way to prevent cellulite, but there are some safe and effective things you can do to reduce it and minimize its appearance. It’s important to note that none of the clinical remedies for cellulite are permanent. All of them will have to be repeated for the best results. By far, the easiest, most cost-effective method is to regularly exercise, drink plenty of water, and eat a healthy diet.
For now, a magic treatment that will totally eliminate every trace of cellulite is only a dream, so it’s important to adjust our expectations and love our bodies. With realistic goals firmly set in sight, there are more options than ever on the market today to help us diminish the appearance of cellulite.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension
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