We’re living in a day and age that finds people living increasingly sedentary lifestyles for a number of reasons. Modern technology and business practices find more people logging long work hours at a desk pushing papers or staring at a computer screen. The prevalence of video games, social networking, and other similar activities as ways to spend personal time are also an issue. Add to this the low quality levels attached to today’s most readily available foods and it’s not difficult to see why so many people are struggling with body fat-related issues like cellulite.
While some elements related to cellulite have to do with factors beyond anyone’s control, like genetics or body chemistry, there are certainly changes people can make to their lifestyles that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cleaning up the diet and making sure that at least a portion of one’s personal time is spent being active and exercising can help a lot. Not smoking or drinking are also decisions that can really help with the severity of your cellulite issue.
However, in some cases, even a person’s best efforts don’t make enough of a difference in the appearance of cellulite for them to be satisfied. In cases like that, it’s only natural to think about turning to cosmetic medicine for possible solutions to the problem… but do the procedures that claim to be able to put a permanent end to cellulite really do the job?
What Can I Expect When Consulting a Professional About Cellulite Treatments?
Most professionals who specialize in reducing or eliminating the appearance of cellulite are going to be plastic surgeons, as these procedures require a medical level understanding of the human body in order to be safe and effective. As is the case with any type of cosmetic medical procedure, you’ll need to undergo a medical evaluation and consultation to help decide which options are going to represent the most appropriate options for you.
The doctor will first give you a brief physical exam to determine the severity of your cellulite deposits. He or she may also review your medical history. At that point, you’ll be given a rundown of the different procedures available to you. The doctor will also fill you in on which ones are most appropriate for you. Some medical strategies that address cellulite are going to be better fits for some people than others. Let’s take a look at some of the more common options out there today.
Non-Invasive Medical Treatments for Cellulite
Knowing that they’ll need to consult a plastic surgeon for medical-level solutions to their cellulite problem misleads many people into assuming all of their available options will be expensive or intrusive. In reality, this is far from the case. Some of the most popular medical solutions to cellulite are actually quite affordable and many are fantastically effective.
For instance, endermology treatments use a combination of roller technology and medical massage therapy to help rehabilitate skin affected by cellulite. The treatments often involve multiple sessions that – over time – help to redistribute body fat in a way that reduces the appearance of cellulite. Many people who trust their cellulite management routine to endermology have recurring treatments at intervals into the future.
Roller suction massage is a similar procedure that adds the use of hydrosuction to the mix. Hydrosuction helps to stimulate your body’s lymph system and encourage it to reabsorb excess body fluid that may be contributing to the appearance of cellulite. There is some evidence that this procedure can also help to tighten up loose skin for an overall healthy and youthful appearance.
Mildly Invasive Medical Treatments for Cellulite
In cases where cellulite deposits are too advanced for non-invasive techniques but not advanced enough to warrant surgery, your doctor may recommend a treatment that is only semi-invasive. Treatments like these typically involve introducing chemicals and other compounds that help treat the problem from the inside out.
One popular example is mesotherapy. Mesotherapy involves the injection of fat-dissolving compounds into your cellulite. These compounds gradually and safely break down the body fat involved in a way that allows it to be safely reabsorbed by your body. However, as with the non-invasive solutions listed above, mesotherapy often needs to be repeated on a semi-regular basis to prevent the cellulite from returning.
Laser therapy and ultrasound therapy are two more popular treatments for cellulite treatment. Ultrasound treatments use heat to stimulate blood flow to the affected area, as well as encourage the body to break down some of the fat deposits involved. Lasers operate on a similar principle, only they use focused laser beams to accomplish the same result. Both ultrasound treatments and laser treatments are commonly combined with mesotherapy for even better results.
Surgical Procedures That Treat Cellulite
In the event people are willing to resort to more drastic measures, there are surgical options that help make short and permanent work of cellulite. The most popular and commonly performed of these is liposuction. Liposuction uses a combination of heat and suction to first melt the subcutaneous body fat that causes cellulite and then suction it out of the body. Those who undergo liposuction need to be careful of gaining more weight in the future though, as the permanent removal of existing fat cells could result in an odd surface appearance that is just as unsightly as the original cellulite or worse if new cells are generated in the same areas.
Plastic surgeons can treat the most severe cases of cellulite by actually cutting away and removing large expanses of skin and fatty tissue altogether. However, this is a measure that is considered to be incredibly drastic and will only be recommended for very overweight people that exhibit large flaps of skin and body tissue in addition to cellulite.
Deciding to resort to medical measure as a way to take care of your cellulite can certainly help solve the problem. However, it’s important to pay attention to the recommendations and advice of your doctor before seriously considering them.
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