When it comes to cellulite, many people have it and most do not want it. With recent innovations in technology along with verified research, many treatments have been effective at reducing cellulite’s appearance. Both natural remedies and medical procedures can help eliminate the appearance of cellulite and help you look your best, but before you seek treatment, it is important to understand what cellulite is and how it is able to cause so many cosmetic concerns.
What Is Cellulite?
Cellulite is simply fat located beneath your skin, usually in the abdominal, pelvic or thigh region. The puckers you see on the skin’s surface are a result of fat pulling down on the connective tissue that reaches the skin, creating the traditional look of cellulite. The reason why some people experience the effects of cellulite while other’s do not is uncertain, and as of now, there is no definite cure for cellulite, but we do know that its onset and appearance are related to:
- Low physical activity
- Poor diet or slow metabolism
- Skin colour
- Hormonal changes
While many individuals have chosen to tolerate the cellulite they have on their bodies, some people are looking to get rid of it. There are various methods available that have shown to eliminate cellulite and create a more toned body contour, some of which are available at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery.
How Can I Change My Lifestyle to Prevent It?
It is typical that before scheduling a consultation in a plastic surgeon’s office, people will try at-home remedies to alleviate their cellulite. Although some of these methods are not very effective, there are those that are capable of reducing or masking cellulite dimples.
Retinoids: These creams are derived from vitamins and work to boost the collagen already present in the skin. Collagen is a protein that acts as a natural healing agent for uneven or poorly textured skin, and when increased, it can thicken the skin and make it less susceptible to creases and dimples.
Tanning lotions: Using tanning lotions has shown to mask the appearance of cellulite due to its ability to make the skin darker. Darker skin is able to more effectively mask cellulite in those who have it.
Exercise: Starting a new exercise regimen can help build muscle tone and decrease the amount of cellulite apparent on the body. Strength training and aerobic exercise can specifically target areas of the body where cellulite is at its highest.
Diet: Changing your diet and losing weight (if you have weight to lose) will not only make you healthier, but it can also reduce the size of fat cells and effectively reduce cellulite. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fibre is especially important for minimising cellulite.
What Medical Treatments are Available for Cellulite?
When home remedies have proven ineffective, it may be time to consult a plastic surgeon. At Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, we offer laser treatments designed to tighten the skin and rejuvenate its overall appearance.
Thermage: A non-invasive laser treatment that uses Comfort Pulse Laser technology to deliver energy to the skin tissue. The heat from the laser penetrates the skin and increases the flow of collagen, effectively improving the appearance of the skin’s surface.
Fraxel laser treatment: When used on the body, Fraxel laser resurfacing emits small beams onto the skin, creating thermal damage. Like Thermage treatment, the damage in the skin induces collagen production to reduce wrinkles, dimples scars and discolouration in the skin.
Other known treatments for cellulite include mesotherapy, massage and spa treatments as well as additional laser resurfacing techniques. If you would like more information about how Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery can help reduce the appearance of your cellulite, please call us on (03) 9508 9508 and schedule a consultation.