Pairing healthy diet and exercise with cosmetic surgery can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Many women and a few men are plagued by cellulite. These pillowy, fluid-filled fat cells are attached to skin by bands called septae, giving thighs and buttocks an unattractive dimpled look. Countless creams, wraps, gels, and other products promising to banish cellulite for good are out there, but unfortunately few of them are effective. This doesn’t mean you have to live with your cellulite! Here are 5 ways to help reduce cellulite on your body so you can show off your skin again.
Because cellulite is made up of plump fat cells, naturally reducing the amount of fat on your body will also help reduce the appearance of cellulite, though it will not eliminate the fat cells themselves. Remember, there is no magic cellulite-busting exercise move. You can’t spot-reduce fat; instead you need to reduce fat overall with a healthy exercise plan. Beware of losing too much weight too fast, as this can cause the skin to become loose which may actually make the cellulite more noticeable.
Changing your diet may be another way to help reduce cellulite. Many nutritionists concur that our modern diet is full of preservatives, additives, and other chemicals that stay in the body as toxins and interfere with the proper functioning of the lymph system. When this happens, more fluids get trapped in fat cells and the septae connecting these cells to the skin thicken, worsening the appearance of cellulite. By eating a healthier diet that promotes healthy lymph function and perhaps by doing a detox every so often, you can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
In 2012, the FDA approved a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery option for fighting cellulite. This treatment uses a special laser to cut through the septae so that the skin is no longer tugged down over the fat cells in a dimpled pattern. The treatment itself can take several hours, depending on the amount of skin that needs to be treated, and several weeks of recovery time will be needed for bruising and soreness to fade. It typically takes 6 months for the full effect of the treatment to show.
Another non-invasive FDA-approved procedure for fighting cellulite is cryolipolysis. This treatment basically freezes the fat cells, so that the lipids inside slowly dissolve. This process does not injure the surrounding tissue, but it does help shrink the fat cells to reduce the appearance of cellulite. In most cases, three treatments are needed for every inch of fat, and the results will begin to show after 3 to 4 months.
Ultrasound treatment is one final option that the FDA has approved for cosmetic surgeons to use in fighting cellulite. Ultrasound melts the fat inside the targeted cells, without damaging the skin. It is especially useful for eliminating fat bulges on the belly and saddlebags on the thighs, with the potential to remove about an inch of fat per session. Again, the effects on cellulite are not immediate but take 2 to 3 months to show.