Cellulite gives a dimpled or lumpy look to the skin, and usually occurs on the thighs, abdomen, or buttocks. It is the greatest skin problem in healthy people. Women are also more likely to have it than men, and the fact that Houston is one of the least fit cities in the United States does not help. The majority of the effected people are willing to try almost anything such as creams, massages, lasers, and more. Here we look at some remedies that claim to work, and let you know which ones are a waste of money.
There are plenty of creams out there that say they help reduce the appearance of cellulite but which ones work the best? The three most popular creams out there are retinol creams, methylxanthine creams, and herbal creams. Retinol creams are supposed to stimulate the skin tissues in order to create thicker skin therefore better covering any lumps and bumps from cellulite. A certain study found that applying a retinol cream (0.3%) to the cellulite location for six months helped reduce its appearance. Another cream available is a cream containing methylxanthines which could include caffeine, theophylline, and aminophylline. This cream is supposed to break down fat, therefore reducing cellulite appearance, but the improvement is questionable since its not clear if enough of the substance even penetrates the skin. Herbal creams contain a wide variety of ingredients that are supposed to reduce cellulite via circulation affect, but there aren’t any scientific studies that back that claim up. These creams are also more likely to cause an allergic reaction since they contain so many ingredients.
Massages are a popular solution to cellulite due to its noninvasive nature. Most lipomassage devices work by kneading the skin with massages and suction. There are several different machines that Medispas and dermatologists use, and at least one machine has been FDA approved for temporary reduction in cellulite appearance. Usually the treatment requires 35-minute sessions two times a week for 14 weeks to see any real results. Though be aware that the cellulite is likely to return once the treatment stops.
Body wraps work by wrapping your body in a tight and warm wrap that is supposed to tighten skin or reduce inches through dehydration. There is no scientific evidence that body wraps have a permanent effect on fat or cellulite.
In a study, cellulite appearance improved for 17 women who participated in a medically supervised weight loss program. The average weight loss was 30 pounds for the women. However, for nine women in the same program, the cellulite appeared worse due to the looser skin from losing weight.
Laser devices work by targeting the underlying connective tissues to build more collagen and thicken skin. Some devices may also apply radiofrequency, cooling, suction, and/or massages to hit cellulite with three or four different methods all at once. Some studies have shown that there are benefits, although only temporarily.
Standard liposuction could lead to more skin dimpling due to the fat that is near the skin’s surface. Laser-assisted liposuction uses high energy short pulses to eradicate and abstract the underlying fat. So far there is not enough evidence to say whether the laser liposuction is better than standard liposuction, and it should be noted that there could be risks of burns and scars from the laser treatment.
For more details, contact Mosaic Clinic Dermatology at www.mcdermatology.com to schedule your skin care appointment today!