80 and 90 percent of women will develop cellulite after the age of 18.
Few men will develop cellulite.
Hardly fair, the causes of cellulite are thought to be due to a combination
of factors including hormonal, aging, genetics and possibly a female
difference in fat layer architecture. Cellulite
may not be curable but you can improve unsightly puckering by understanding
cellulite and how to take control.
is the unsightly dimpling and puckering of the skin most often involving
the thighs and buttocks. While most women carry their weight gain in
these areas, you dont have to be overweight to have cellulite.
As we age, collagen and elastin bundles break down, weakening the dermis.
We are all familiar with what the end result is upon our face... wrinkles.
But on the legs and buttocks, in response to this loss of dermal elasticity,
the fat can become displaced into the lower dermis. Fibrous bands that
are supposed to tether the skin down start to trap this displaced fat
creating the lumpy bumpy appearance of cellulite. Think of a quilted
mattress (the fat) with the buttons as the tether points (the fibrous
bands) and you get the idea.
So how do you get rid of that cottage cheese sitting on your thighs?
Seems like there are cellulite cures advertised in every
magazine you pick up or every infomercial you watch.
the FDA has only approved a nonsurgical form of deep massage called
endermologie for temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite.
Endermologie came to us from France where it has been used for at least
of 1999, Vanderbilt University published a widely publicized medical
journal article that showed that this procedure did indeed help improve
the structure of the skin and disperse the trapped fat. An endermologie
machine rolls and sucks the skin in a vacuum-like manner. A form of
deep massage, it aims to loosen or break down some of these fibrous
bands and disperse the lumps of fat into a smooth layer. Endermologie
is performed as a weekly series of treatments. Typically anywhere from
12 or more treatments are performed to achieve whatever the maximum
effects will be and then you undergo periodic maintenance therapy.
cellulite treatment is a guarantee,
endermologie combined with a good diet, adequate daily water intake
and exercise can help many women improve the look of their cellulite.
Unfortunately a single emergency treatment for a special
occasion is unlikely to do much for your cellulite. Cost for a series
of endermologie treatments tends to run over $1000.
recent study from Vanderbilt in 2001 published in the Journal of Plastic
and Reconstructive Surgery showing that deep mechanical massage can
indeed help improve the appearance of cellulite (although highly dependent
upon the skill of the masseuse), there has been great interest in home
massage. A variety of massage tools with rubber tips, wooden balls and
even motorized massage heads are sold with claims of helping improve
the appearance of cellulite. These devices tend to be inexpensive, often
less than $10.00 for the simple wooden tools. From a practical standpoint
I think you may increase your chances by having someone else administer
the home massage as they can apply a more direct pressure upon the skin.
I take a realistic view of these. While I dont think theyll
harm you, provided youre not massaging to the point of bruising,
I think they will provide limited improvement. Still, a modicum of improvement
if it happens is better than none at all.
taken deep massage one step further and offer a Japanese version of
cellulite treatment known as body brushing.
In this technique, a plant based bristle brush (often coconut husk or
other fiber) is roughly moved across the skins surface trying
to exfoliate away the outer most portions of the epidermis. These brushes
are little more than a Bloom
Vintage Bathbrush. The theory: increase blood flow and lymphatic
drainage thus removing toxins from the skin and improving cellulite.
The reality: makes absolutely no physiological sense. While you may
experience a nice glowing appearance to the skin similar to what youd
see after a microdermabrasion treatment, neither increased blood flow
nor lymphatic drainage have any bearing at all upon the cause or cure
of cellulite. Enjoy the cellulite
treatment for what it is but dont plan to get rid of
those lumpy legs. Personally if you are thinking of this as an option
you would be better off using DermaNew
Microdermabrasion Total Body Experience with the massage head and
alternate the use with the exfoliator. That way at least you would get
smooth glowing skin and enjoy the massage aspect as well.
of cellulite creams are out there, most of which contain the active
ingredient theophylline best known for its use as an asthma medication.
The topical application of theophylline does not cure cellulite but
rather temporarily plumps up the skin for a few hours creating a smoother
If we could
strengthen the dermis which thins with age and contributes to the formation
of cellulite we could theorhetically prevent or improve cellulite. Studies
have shown that the use of topical L-Ascorbic acid helps promote the
formation of collagen bundles by stimulating fibroblast activity within
the dermis. Cellex-C
has been documented to have this ability. Cellex-C
Body Smoothing Lotion should not be thought of as the cure,
but in combination with deep massage or endermologie, your diet and
exercise you may at least help make the skin look smoother and supple
in the same manner that Cellex-C
helps with puffiness and fine lines on the face and neck.
absolutely no effect upon cellulite. Cellasene has not been proven in
medical literature to improve the appearance of cellulite or take off
way it is comforting to know that almost all women get some degree of
cellulite. It seems to be one of those sisterhood things. It is equally
comforting to know that there are some steps we can take to help improve
for taking the time to read through this important information. I hope
you have found this article informative.
discussed in the this newsletter is not intended as medical advice.
If you have a medical concern, please check with your doctor.)
updated July 12, 2002.
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