Cellulite is fat beneath the skin that pushes against connective tissue making it pucker and appear bumpy. Contrary to popular belief, it does not just appear on those who are overweight—those who are thin also experience its effects because of factors like poor dieting, slow metabolism, lack of physical activity, hormone changes, dehydration, and their skin type. Thankfully, there are products and treatments that can help diminish the appearance of the condition.
The FDA has cleared the use of laser energy to treat cellulite safely and effectively, and this is ideal for those looking for an aggressive technique without going under the knife. It works by targeting problem areas and melting the fat under the skin to break up the fibrous bands, and results are often achieved after just one visit. It also stimulates collagen production, which smoothes the skin and repairs its firmness and elasticity.
Mesotherapy originated in France and uses pharmaceutical and homeopathic medications. Like the laser treatment, this is also a non-surgical treatment, and it employs numerous injections of FDA approved minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes in a relatively painless procedure that leaves no scarring. The treatment takes approximately three to four sessions in monthly intervals. While some people are pleased with the results of this treatment, there are medical professionals who object to it because they feel it hasn't been studied thoroughly enough.
Many spa centers offer massages that help to decrease dimpling under the skin for those who want an option that is relaxing as well. A variety of herbal extracts can be used during the massage, which can be performed by hand or with a handheld device. The techniques are based on the concept of using massages to increase blood circulation, which then helps to remove toxins from the body and reduce excessive amounts of fluid in regions containing cellulite. This temporarily compresses cells but the results are typically short-lived.
While these treatments are a great way to kickstart melting and breaking down cellulite, when paired with diet and exercise, the results will be more visible and longer-lasting. Focusing on routines that strengthen muscles and incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and fiber can make cellulite less noticeable under the skin.