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Cellulite. One of the most detested words when it comes to body image. It’s a word most people, especially women, would rather never hear. Truth be told though, most of us have had to face that unattractive, lumpy looking skin. Even the most fit usually spot some cellulite when they look in the mirror.

Reducing Cellulite

What is it really?

When fat starts to push through collagen fibers or connective tissue, skin gets cellulite which looks like dimpling – like the skin of an old orange. It’s most common on upper thighs and the buttocks but also happens on arms, stomach and other areas. Pregnancy and menopausal hormonal changes are big culprits!

There is help

Although there is no known cure for cellulite, it can be drastically reduced. People have used various methods to reduce the appearance of cellulite – some more successful than others. Here are a few:

  • Massage. Rollers and suction are used on the affected areas. This type of massage (endermologie) isn’t a quick fix. Sessions may last anywhere between 10 and 45 minutes for about twice a week for months depending upon the severity of the cellulite.
  • Weight loss. Losing weight will definitely reduce cellulite. Extra fat makes skin look lumpier. But this doesn’t apply to everyone. For those who are already near their ideal weight, losing more will only make skin saggy and increase the look of cellulite.
  • Creams. It seems creams with a caffeine base have been shown to be effective in reducing cellulite. To start to see any effects, they must be used for about two months twice a day – ideally after using an exfoliating method in the shower.
  • Radio waves. There are a number of these machines that purport to decrease cellulite. Some of them are VelaSmooth, Thermage and Accent XL. These acoustic waves apparently separate septae bands that create dimples by pulling down on skin. Depending upon the area, treatment could take months.
  • Laser. Lasers and radio waves use heat. One particular laser, Cellulaze, fires sideways after being inserted into the skin using small incisions. Depending on the size of the area, the surgery can take a few hours. It will take about six months to see the best results.

The team at Fairview Laser Clinic will sit down with you to discuss your particular situation. Together, you’ll come up with a plan for reducing unsightly cellulite. Give them a call to book an appointment.


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