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.
How Can I Get Rid of Cellulite?
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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.
Many cellulite treatments exist, but most have temporary benefits or no benefit at all. Before and After photos can be deceiving because you never know when they were taken and if the effects are due to the treatment or due to other factors like lighting, weight loss, a tan, etc.
Even Cellulaze, the new state of the art treatment states that improvement can be seen "up to a year after treatment". If you have a special event (like a honeymoon or somewhere you know you'll be photographed) then it may be worth exploring the current treatment options for cellulite. Otherwise, it may be a waste of money or a lifelong commitment.
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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.
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.
Cellulite Treatment for Arms and Thighs
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.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.