Cellulite Removal

Cellulite and removal

The word cellulite was first coined in the 1920s by a spa advertising its services. The word didn't become common property, though, until the 1960s. It seems to strike only women from the teenage years and upwards. Cellulite isn't a recognized medical condition, rather it is a supreme irritant to women. Cellulite removal has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Some methods have been proven in studies to work, while others merely mask the problem.

Unfortunately, or fortunately as the case may be with individual checkbooks, methods for ridding the buttocks and thighs of the offending “cottage cheese” or cellulite, range from expensive treatments down to affordable creams. The unfortunate part is that the expensive treatments work better than the creams. About the best that can be done is to decrease the appearance of dimply skin. It won't go away forever, but dimpled skin can be made to look like it isn't there at all. Let's take a look at the causes of dimpled skin before we get to the treatments.

What causes cellulite?

While no one can point a finger at one direct cause of “orange peel" skin, causes thought to be relevant appear to be lodged in the women involved:

  • Heredity is thought to be a cause. Researchers have found mutations in the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) and hypoxia inducible factor 1A (H1F1a) genes might cause cellulite.
  • Hormonal occurrences. It is believed that insulin, thyroid hormone, adrenaline and noradrenaline as well as prolactin have some part in cellulite development.
  • Stress. A stressful lifestyle has been shown to influence the rise of catecholamines, which is thought to contribute to cellulite.
  • Sex, race, the predisposition of fat and circulatory problems, fat distribution, and weight all have a place in the “cottage cheese” problem.

In the “Zap It” Category of Removal Methods

Acoustic wave therapy

A wave of sound or shock waves is applied to the area in question. It stimulates the metabolism and improves tissue elasticity. Acoustic energy is applied to the area in question. This produces heat. The fat deposits are broken down and metabolized by the body. Cells drain and new collagen is produced by the body for tighter, firmer skin. Expect to undergo around ten sessions, and bring along around $1,000.

Laser treatment

A laser is inserted just beneath the skin. It then gives off heat that melts the fat deposits causing "orange peel" skin. Also of note is that the laser softens or breaks up the tough band of fiber that holds the “cottage cheese” together. It also holds it up against the skin, which means the “cottage cheese” is visible. Without that fibrous band, the fat cells disintegrate, for smoother looking skin. Expect this to take some time. Also expect to bring along about $5,000 for the treatment.

Subcision and vacuum-assisted precise tissue release

This involves the doctor inserting something just beneath the skin. With subcision, it's a needle. With vacuum-assisted precise tissue release, it's a device with blades. Either one is inserted and cuts through the tough fibrous bands holding the fatty cells close to the skin. Get rid of that, and the fatty cells metabolize inside the body. Studies showed that this method of treatment lasted for up to three years without dimply skin.

In the “Rub it in” category of removal methods

Creams containing caffeine and retinol have been shown to have some small success in lessening the appearance of “cottage cheese”. Both have a dehydrating effect on fatty cells, which lessens the appearance. Retinol helps thicken the skin. Thicker skin considerably lessens the appearance of fatty “cottage cheese” looking skin.

With this method of cellulite removal, it is imperative to apply the creams every day. Only by this application is the dimply skin put at bay. A relapse may mean the re-appearance of the “cottage cheese”.

In the holistic category of removal methods

There are some people who stand by their herbal supplements, no matter what the ailment or health condition. However, dermatologists say that such supplements have little to no effect on “orange peel” skin. On the other hand, there are a few natural methods that will help get rid of “orange peel” skin.

Coffee scrubs

Caffeine has been shown to be beneficial in the removal of cellulite. Starve the fatty cells of their hydration, and they disappear. Apply coffee grounds to the area in question. Vigorously (and we mean vigorously) rub or massage into the area. The skin will be exfoliated and healthy, pretty skin will shine through. Do this daily, or the cellulite will return.

Brushing the skin

This may sound unreal, but a healthy brushing with a medium bristle brush upward toward the heart stimulates blood flow beneath the skin. That in itself helps to decrease the appearance of “orange peel” skin. It also stimulates elasticity, one of the most important aspects of skin health. Again, once a day or the “orange peel” will come back.

Last Reviewed:
June 15, 2017
Last Updated:
October 11, 2017
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