Cellulite: there's nothing good about it. It even sounds unpleasant, and it looks even worse, right? Did you know that cellulite affects as many as 90 percent of women and that some even develop it immediately following puberty? The takeaway from this statistic is that if you're battling cellulite, then you're not alone in your struggle or your hatred for it.
The good news about the prevalence of cellulite is that there are always people working to find ways to eliminate it, and that means more effective and safer treatments are always cropping up. In fact, there are cellulite removal techniques available today that actually work, and that can help get you the smooth and radiant skin that you have been dreaming of for a long time. New technologies and equipment have given way to treatments that are safe, non-invasive, and effective at reducing cellulite, and today you'll learn about what these techniques are, how long they take, and what results you can expect to see.
Understanding What Cellulite Is
Cellulite is what you call skin that has the appearance of an orange peel or cottage cheese. This skin is dimpled and lumpy, and it commonly affects fatty areas of the body, such as:
We know that cellulite happens when fat between the skin and the muscle accumulates and pushes against the skin while connective tissue (collagen) pulls the skin down, but we don’t really understand the underlying cause that explains why this happens. Because of this gap in knowledge, there are lots of cellulite treatment options on the market that may temporarily appear to make cellulite go away, but they don't actually provide a permanent solution to the problem. Again, however, there are treatments that do work, so get ready to learn about what they are.
New Technologies Have Given Us Effective and Minimally Invasive Cellulite Treatments
There was a time when the most sought-after treatments for cellulite removal or reduction involved creams, deep tissue massages, and liposuction (more on that later), but time and experience have taught us that these methods really aren't the most effective, or at all. But thanks to the development of new technologies and practices, today we have cellulite removal techniques that are both effective and non-invasive, and they are all available right here in O’Fallon, MO. These techniques, which we will discuss in more detail shortly, include cutting-edge body contouring and body sculpting methods such as:
BodyTite and FaceTite Treatments for Cellulite
BodyTite and FaceTite are advanced body contouring treatments that combine the power of radiofrequency with reliable liposuction techniques to carefully and safely sculpt your face and body. Like liposuction, BodyTite and FaceTite remove fat cells from the body. But unlike liposuction, these methods also use radiofrequency to target and liquefy fat cells with heat, and this means these techniques are up to 35 percent more effective than just liposuction at tightening the skin. At the same time, the treatments also reduce the visibility of cellulite, giving you smoother and softer skin than you’ve had since you were a baby.
The major difference between these two treatments is that BodyTite is designed to address larger areas, whereas FaceTite is specifically aimed at treating smaller and more delicate areas, such as the face, neck, and sensitive skin spots. But both treatments deliver similar results and benefits, which include:
Safe and controlled fat reduction
Treatment results are customizable
Three-dimensional body sculpting and contouring
Reduction of loose and saggy skin
Light general anesthetic
Safe and controlled fat reduction
Highly targeted treatments
Quick recovery times
Treatment is four times faster than laser treatment
BodyFX is another body contouring method that uses radiofrequency heat and massage techniques to reduce fat. This treatment is a highly customizable method of fat reduction, and you can even request that areas with excessive cellulite are specifically targeted with the treatment. BodyFX requires multiple treatments, and patients will typically undergo weekly procedures of 15 to 30 minutes for eight weeks. After that, a few follow-up treatments throughout the year are advised so that you can maintain the beautiful appearance you have achieved.
Unlike some other fat and cellulite reducing techniques, BodyFX is an entirely non-invasive procedure that doesn’t have any of the side effects associated with some other body sculpting methods, such as redness, soreness, bloating, and blanching. Instead, you will be left with healthy, smooth, and youthful skin, and a body that you're proud to show off at the beach, the gym, work, and everywhere else you go.
What Happened to Using Liposuction for Cellulite?
As mentioned previously, there was a time when liposuction was the go-to method for cellulite treatment, but the problem is that it wasn't effective. Liposuction is useful for removing fat from your body, but not cellulite. In fact, we now know that the procedure can actually make the appearance of cellulite worse because it causes even more dimpling in the skin. Another knock against liposuction is that it's a major surgery that requires a general anesthetic, and this means there are a lot of potential complications.
Reducing Cellulite Through Weight Loss and Muscle Toning
Along with treatment options like BodyTite, FaceTite, and BodyFX, there are also other lifestyle approaches you can use to further reduce the appearance of cellulite on your legs, tummy, and elsewhere on your body. Excess weight is a huge culprit for making cellulite more visible, so maintaining a healthy weight can help to reduce how noticeable cellulite is on your body. Now that's not to say that cellulite only affects people who are overweight because even slim and fit women experience cellulite. But a regular exercise routine that focuses on cardio and strength training will help you lose weight, stay at a healthy weight, and reduce or prevent cellulite from appearing on your body. Furthermore, exercises like strength training and yoga will tone your muscles, and this will make your skin firmer and smoother, thereby making cellulite even less visible. By contrast, not eating a healthy diet, not exercising regularly, and following yo-yo diets can all make cellulite worse.
Other Factors that Can Make Cellulite Better and Worse
Cellulite is a fact of life, and that means there are things that can make it worse. Unfortunately, some of these things are completely out of your control, such as aging. The older you get, the worse cellulite will get. As skin loses its elasticity, and it becomes thin and sags, cellulite production also tends to increase. You might even find yourself prone to developing cellulite because of genetic factors. Some of these predispositions can affect how your body disperses fat as it accumulates, the rate of your metabolism, and circulation levels due to hormone presence. Though it will be difficult to measure these things by yourself to determine your likelihood of developing cellulite, you can just look at older relatives. If other family members have cellulite and have struggled to get rid of it, chances are you will probably notice cellulite on your body and face similar challenges.
But before you panic, there are some factors that are within your control. And smoking is one of them because it can impact collagen levels. Collagen is a protein that plays many roles in your body, but for your skin, it provides structure and elasticity. Smoking weakens collagen, disrupts its formation, and reduces blood flow, and all of this can exacerbate cellulite.
On the other hand, there are specific foods you can use to help battle the appearance of cellulite, and this includes food with a high water content that can reduce inflammation. Inflammation can make cellulite more noticeable, and because staying well-hydrated can reduce inflammation, foods that contain lots of water can minimize the appearance of cellulite. These foods include:
Cellulite is one of those words that strike fear into the hearts of most women because we all know what it is and the vast majority of us have it somewhere on our bodies, and, on top of that, a lot of women have tried many things to get rid of it and aren’t having much luck. And while cellulite treatments until now have left us wanting, the development of new equipment and new technology means we now have better tools in our arsenals to combat this pesky and unsightly cosmetic phenomenon.
Even though we don't fully understand cellulite, we do understand what it is, what can make it worse, how it makes us feel, and what can make it better, and that includes treatments like BodyTite, FaceTite, BodyFX, maintaining a healthy body weight with diet and regular exercise, and avoiding certain other things that can worsen the appearance of cellulite. Tired of being distracted by cellulite when you look in the mirror? Schedule a consultation now to see what treatments are available through Find A Better You, and we will help you get the body and skin of your dreams!