Cellulite is caused by a combination of factors, including being overweight, fluid retention and reduced blood circulation caused by the effects of hormones or inactivity. Genetics can even play a role. Whatever the cause, cellulite is distressing and embarrassing for many women. Cellulite can also affect women who have an active lifestyle and healthy diet.
There are hundreds of 'treatments' available to reduce the appearance of cellulite, but most of them do nothing other than leave you with an empty pocket. Some of them are downright harmful. This article looks at the options that have been clinically evaluated to separate the fact from the fiction.
What Is Cellulite?
Fat cells are stored under the skin in compartments separated by vertical walls of connective tissue called septa and capped at the top by another connective tissue layer. If the volume of the chamber increases because the fat cells get larger, excess fluid can't escape or the connective tissue loses its strength, the cap bulges under the pressure and creates the dimpled appearance in the skin's surface.
Cellulite can be:
- Class 1 – only appears when you pinch skin
- Class 2 – dimpling when standing or walking
- Class 3 – dimpling while standing or lying. Cellulite is visible the majority of the time
Treatment Options For Cellulite
- Topical agents or lotions that include caffeine or retinol have minor temporary effect. Caffeine is suppose to flush fluid from the cells and retinol stimulates the renewal of skin. Any small effects from caffeine is only temporary as once the cream wears off the fluid returns. Retinol only renews the epidermis and can not affect the dermis. Topical creams are not an effective treatment for cellulite and the cost can add up over time.
- Endermologie combines very firm massage, rolling and sucking the skin to remove excess fluid and stimulate new collagen and elastin production to improve the skin's firmness and elasticity. While Endermologie is safe with few reported side effects, it is not very effective. Fewer than half of patients reported minor improvements over 12 weeks of treatment.
- Liposuction is a surgical technique that permanently removes unwanted areas of excess fat, but it has significant risks of serious side effects and is very expensive compared to other cellulite reduction treatments. Most importantly, liposuction can make the appearance of cellulite worse, not better.
- Lasers are not designed for cellulite reduction specifically. Lasers can be used after liposuction to tighten skin post-treatment. While effective, lasers do come with higher risks of side effects, such as burns, scars and changes in skin colour.
- Velashape III uses a combination of bi-polar radio frequency (RF) and infrared (light) energy along with suction and massage for optimal treatment. The RF and infrared energy heats the fat tissue to 65oC-70oC, which makes the fat cells release fat into the blood stream to be used as energy and stimulates new collagen production and regeneration of the connective tissue to improve firmness. Deep tissue massage improves the circulation and removes excess fluid from the localised area.
Velashape III Is Safe And Effective
Clinical trials performed all over the world have proven that the Velashape III can produce a noticeable improvement in skin firmness and texture over the treated areas and reduce the appearance of cellulite by as much as 65%, with almost all patients reporting improvement.
The side effects are minimal and complications are rare. There are no risks of scarring or changes in skin pigmentation that are a factor in treatments using lasers. Treatments last between 20 and 60 minutes and you can go back to work or your normal routine immediately after treatment. The Velashape III is an exciting new treatment option for reducing cellulite that produces amazing results. Come and see what the Velashape III can do for you.