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Non-Surgical Cellulite Treatment

by Patrick McMahon
  • Overview

    Cellulite is one of the most common conditions that plague us as we get older. The uneven pockets of trapped fat, located just under the skin, typically affect 90 percent of women to some degree, according to a June 25, 2009, article in The New York Times. For most people, cellulite appears in the areas of the buttocks, thighs and on the abdomen. While many associate cellulite with obesity or excess weight, that is often not the case. Many women are troubled by cellulite and seek various treatments to improve or eliminate the condition.
  • Non-Surgical Cellulite Treatment
    Non-Surgical Cellulite Treatment
  • How cellulite is formed

    Several factors contribute to the development of cellulite that varies from woman to woman, says the Mayo Clinic. Hormonal changes due to menopause, puberty, pregnancy and taking birth control pills can make a female more susceptible to developing the fat pockets. Other factors that can impact the development of cellulite are a poor diet, weight gain and failure to consume enough water. The hormonal changes cannot be controlled, although maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help to limit the development of the condition.
  • Types of Non Surgical Treatments

    While cellulite can always reemerge, there are several methods that can greatly improve the appearance of the fat pockets, although they are not permanent, cautions YourBariatricSurgeryGuide.com. The first main type of treatment is called Endermologie. This procedure involves a device that allows for deep tissue to be reached, without being invasive, and can greatly reduce the amount of cellulite on the body. Another procedure is the use of ultrasounds, which can help reduce the presence of cellulite, but works best with Endermologie. The final main treatment for cellulite is the use of creams and ointments, which helps to tighten the skin and diminish the appearance of the uneven fat pockets.
  • Function of Treatment

    Both the use of Endermologie and ultrasound therapies, especially in conjunction with one another, represents the best chance for improvement with an individual's cellulite condition, says YourPlasticSurgeryGuide.com. Both therapies are FDA approved, and many people find success with them. Various creams, designed to tighten the skin in cellulite-prone areas, have not been found by the FDA to be that effective in decreasing the appearance of fat pockets on people.
  • Time Frame for Results

    If Endermologie or ultrasound therapies are the course of action chosen, then several sessions of each will be necessary to see results. Most women who decide to pursue these treatments will need to commit to six to 10 treatments over the course of several weeks. If you decide to use a cream to improve cellulite, then it will take several months before any improvement is seen. Shedding some extra pounds or building up muscle can help to reduce the signs of cellulite.
  • Considerations

    It is important to remember that over the course of a lifetime, cellulite will be developed due to the aforementioned causes, reminds the Mayo Clinic. If cellulite is especially severe, then surgical alternatives such as liposuction may be necessary in order to see the results that one may be looking for. The cost of treatments can also be cost prohibitive to some people, Endermologie typically runs over $100 a session and creams can cost over $100 for several months of supply.

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