New treatments show promise of reducing the appearance of cellulite. Which ones can you trust?
Thin, normal weight, and overweight women (and some men as well) struggle with the same “flaw”: cellulite. It’s found on people of all shapes and sizes, no matter how toned and muscular. Usually seen on areas of the body with fat deposits such as the thighs, buttocks, hips, breasts, upper arms, and abdomen, cellulite is dimpled or bumpy appearance on the skin.
Caused by uneven distribution of fatty tissue under the skin’s surface, cellulite is harmless and completely normal. However, it can be unsightly, causing you to be self-conscious about wearing a swimming suit or shorts.
If you’re looking for a way to rid your body of cellulite, you’ll find many products and services that claim amazing results. Unfortunately, most of your options won’t make much of a difference—if they make any difference at all. Since you don’t want to waste your time or money on creams or massages that won’t work, keep reading to find out what to look for and what to avoid when you’re trying to cover up those areas plagued with cellulite.
Many products that claim to treat cellulite actually have no scientific evidence to prove their claims. If you do find a product that seems to improve your cellulite, your results probably won’t last long.
Strong massages are one unproven treatment that may give short-term results. The theory behind massages is that such kneading of the skin will remove toxins, improve blood flow, and reduce built-up fluid in fatty tissue areas.
A second unproven treatment is called mesotherapy. During this procedure, a solution is injected under the skin with the intention of reducing the appearance of cellulite. There are negative side effects to this treatment, and to repeat the refrain: it is unproven.
Store shelves are full of creams claiming to cure cellulite. However, use of these creams and lotions have not been proven effective either. If you do choose a cream, find one that contains caffeine or 0.3 percent retinol. These ingredients are more likely to provide temporary improvements.
You may think liposuction is what you need to remove cellulite. During this surgery, fat cells are suctioned out from under your skin. Liposuction will change your body shape, but it won’t change cellulite for the better. In face, it has been found to make it worse! Therefore, liposuction is not recommended to deal with your cellulite dilemma.
So how can you lose your cellulite? The best way to make cellulite less noticeable is weight loss. By eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, you’ll shed pounds, strengthen your muscles, and improve the tone and texture of your skin. When muscles are strong, fat tends to lay smoother instead of bumpy. No, this may not rid your body of cellulite altogether, but it just may.
What types of exercises work best at reducing cellulite? Research has shown that repetitive, low-weight bearing (5 to 10 pounds) exercises are helpful, in addition to plenty of cardio.
A second promising treatment called Thermage uses radiofrequency waves. Radio waves are sent through the skin creating heat. This heat tightens the bands of tissue that cause the rippled, dimpled skin. Usually one procedure lasting one to two hours is needed. It may take a couple months to see the results, and the results can last almost two years.
Other options with fairly good results work by combining several types of treatments. One example called SmoothShapes uses lasers, light energy, a vacuum machine, and massage. Several treatments are needed to see improvement that should last one to two years.
Before It Forms
If you’re one of the few people without an ounce of cellulite on your body, pat yourself on the back! And then keep the following tips in mind to prevent it from forming:
- eat a healthy diet full of fiber, fruits, and veggies
- stay well hydrated
- exercise regularly
- avoid yo-yo dieting
- don’t smoke