How Can I Get Rid of Cellulite?
- Asked 6 years ago
What are my options for permanently getting rid of cellulite on my arms and thighs? Already tried cellulite creams and massage...none of which worked. I am willing to do an anti-cellulite medical treatment if its safe and works.
These are nutrients that may be obtained from food or...
These are nutrients that may be obtained from food or from intake of dietary supplements. Each one contributes to healthy cells and healthy connective tissue (collagen & elastin) which when they are strong and healthy, the skin is firmer and more hydrated.
Glucosamine is an amino acid that is the building block for collagen and elastin.
Take 1200mg of either Glucosamine Sulfate or Glucosamine Hydrochloride every day.
Lecithin is a vital component to repairing cell walls.
Lecithin may be found in eggs, soy products, cauliflower, tomatoes and spinach.
OR you can take 1 tablespoon of lecithin granules, (mix into salads, or shakes) 1725 mg daily.
- Essential Fatty Acids are the oil that lubricates the body’s gears, and maintain water within the cells. They are not naturally produced within the body so to obtain these essential nutrients we need to get them from outside sources.
- Take at least 2.2 – 4.4 grams of alpha linoleic acid (an Omega 3 Fatty acid) per day.
- Also, to get EFA’s in your diet, eat olive oil, cold-water fish and raw walnuts.
Antioxidants help to prevent damage caused by free radicals. The best sources are from raw fruits and vegetables and basically get as many of these as possible into your diet.
As a general rule, the darker and brighter the color of the food the more densely it is packed with antioxidants.
- Pomegranates, blueberries, red peppers, blackberries, and citrus fruits are great sources of antioxidants.
No great answer for cellulite
There are a lot of expensive treatments for cellulite - none with lasting results and most that are a complete waste of money. Beware of the marketing.
Cellulite is a common term referring to skin surface irregularities and dimpling of skin, predominantly in the thighs and buttocks (think cottage cheese thighs). Causes for the appearance have been blamed on differences in connective tissue structure and on adipose tissue biochemistry. Research has confirmed that women get cellulite more often than men. Some physicians have attributed the defect as secondary to enlargement in fat cells in the superficial tissue below the skin, resulting in compartmental bulging between the connective tissue. Since the well-developed and organized septa that make up the connective tissue do not give way to the increased volume in a limited space, this becomes transmitted as surface irregularity between the deeper pockets of fat.
To date, no significant differences in biochemistry, physiology, or blood and/or lymph flow of the tissue and structure organization in cellulite tissue have been demonstrated scientifically.
However heredity can be a factor.
Here are things you can do to help:
- Avoid things that will damage your skin (sun, tobacco products).
- Avoid weight loss and weight gain.
I hope this helps.
There is no way to actually get rid of cellulite...
There is no way to actually get rid of cellulite although there are treatments to reduce its appearance. All of the following treatments have been touted for their effectiveness in either decreasing or eliminating cellulite:
- Topical creams
Unfortunately, as you may have found, reports tend to be anecdotal and without any hard scientific basis.
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Cellulite treatments, but no cure
Unfortunately, a treatment for cellulite remains problematic and there is just no known way to fully eliminate it currently. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding weight fluctuations can help some people improve the appearance of cellulite.
In my experience, some things like Slim Lipo may offer a slight improvement, as well.
I have both the VelaSmooth device and the newer SmoothShapes device. Both can improve cellulite. My nurses and I have had better results with the later device. I have two prospective clinical studies which will be published in peer review journals that show good improvement with both devices. The SmoothShapoes device is safer so you have some options.
You can't get rid of cellulite
There are some procedures such as Endodermologie that provide temporary improvement but once they are discontinued the problem usually recovers. Removing the loose skin will flatten areas out.
Radio frequency devices will also temporarily help the problem but not completely. Fat re-injections are often inconsistent, and in most cases liposuction may make cellulite worse. Consult with your physician about the pros and cons of any treatment
Nothing great for cellulite
Unfortunately, there is nothing great out there to treat cellulite. All the lasers that purport efficacy are not impressive to me and do not warrant the cost.
Every woman knows what cellulite is and they hate it....
Every woman knows what cellulite is and they hate it. You see it in the thighs and buttocks and it is very difficult to treat. Ninety-five percent of what you have heard about cellulite treatment is hype and not science.
There are two procedures that do help: One is non-invasive, and the other is done together with liposuction.
First, the non-invasive procedure is called Thermage of the thighs.
Energy is delivered to the deep layers of the skin, which tightens and smoothes the skin. We have seen some fairly impressive results. Thermage is extremely safe, and it takes about one and a half hours in the office. There is no anesthesia, no down time, and no scar. So, for many women, it is worth a try.
(Thermage was also just approved by the FDA for tightening skin around the eyelids).
- Energy is delivered to the deep layers of the skin, which tightens and smoothes the skin. We have seen some fairly impressive results. Thermage is extremely safe, and it takes about one and a half hours in the office. There is no anesthesia, no down time, and no scar. So, for many women, it is worth a try.
The second procedure I call superficial micro-tunneling, and it is done together with liposuction.
- Once all the desired fat is removed, I make many tiny tunnels just under the skin of the thighs, approaching each area from several directions. When this network just under the skin heals and contracts, the overlying skin is tightened, and cellulite is improved. This is a great approach, but it only makes sense for women who also need liposuction.
It is so unfair that men just don't get cellulite.
Cellulaze for Cellulite
Cellulaze is an FDA approved laser that has been shown to reduce cellulite with long-term results. A single treatment is often all that is required, and it can be performed under oral sedation or light IV sedation, with minimal recovery. Several small incisions are required to treat cellulite with Cellulaze: The laser is passed underneath the skin, much like the instruments used in liposuction procedures.
Cellulaze works by targeting the three areas of cellulite. Cellulaze: 1) liquefies unwanted fat pockets, 2) cuts through the fibrous bands that contribute to dimpling of the skin, and 3) tightens the overlying skin by stimulating collagen formation.
The more severe the cellulite, the more effective the Cellulaze treatment. Surgeon experience is another factor, although minor in comparison to the severity of the patient's cellulite. This is because the laser energy is standardized for this device and is delivered based on the surface area being treated, and not the severity of the cellulite. Time is another factor. It takes about 6 months for the final results to be visualized!
Because very few surgeons have experience with Cellulaze, there is a pervasive sentiment that "nothing works for cellulite" and that "there is a lot of marketing hype put into the Cellulaze machine." My experience has shown otherwise, and my patients are happy with the reduction in the severity and appearance of their cellulite.
Seek consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to determine if Cellulaze is right for you.
New Cellulite Options: Cellulaze and CelluSmooth
Cellulite is an extremely difficult problem and currently there is no treatment which will completely get rid of cellulite. Cellulite is not unique to women but does affect women more than men because women have a thicker layer of subcutaneous fat than men. Cellulite forms as a result of complex fibrous interactions between the skin and subcutaneous fat layer. An estimated 95% of women have some form of cellulite.
Cellulite treatments vary from topical creams, diet and exercise, non invasive ultrasound and laser treatments, and more invasive laser treatment which are similar to a liposuction procedure: Cellulaze (Cynosure) and CelluSmooth (Sciton). These newer minimally invasive options offer more promise and perhaps better results due to their action at the site of cellulite versus other modalities which focus on the skin.
Cellulaze and CelluSmooth differ slightly in the laser wavelength used to treat the cellulite. The procedure is similar liposuction because very small incisions are used to allow the laser probe to be placed below the skin. Tumescent solution is also used to numb the area and decrease bruising. Treatment can be done on an outpatient basis without the need for general anesthesia. Compression garment are generally worn for two weeks after the procedure. Results are not immediate but improvement becomes evident in about a month and maximum improvement is reached in about 6 months.
Web reference: http://scitoncellusmooth.com