Cellulite is a unique
problem. Because liposuction only removes fat cells, there is not a
guarantee that the cellulite is going to be completely corrected. Cellulite is not a problem necessarily of excess fat, as it can be prevalent
even in healthy and underweight people. The problem with cellulite is more
common in women than men, because women tend to have a tighter collagen mesh
pattern beneath their skin. It has been stated that 90 percent of all
women have some form of cellulite. The main cause of cellulite has been
attributed to the weakening of tiny blood and lymph drainage vessels that help
our body with a fresh supply of nutrients to the tissues.
The fat cells in our
body can expand so much that they cause the collagen fibers around them to bend
causing puckering of the skin above. There is three layers of fat in the
human body. Cellulite is located in the layer of fat closest to the skin. These fat cells are enclosed in pockets which is formed by collagen fibers.
accumulation of fat in the upper layers of
The above factors in
which contribute to cellulite cannot be addressed by liposuction, simply because
liposuction only removes fat from a deeper layer of the skin and not the upper
layers where cellulite occurs.
Liposuction does help
significantly with the removal of fat and helps tremendously with contouring for
most patients. Some surgeons believe that liposuction can actually make
cellulite look worse - and there are other surgeons who believe that some
patients can have an improved appearance with their cellulite after liposuction. There is no permanent cure for cellulite.
cellulite is when you visibly can see cells of fat under very thin skin. This type of cellulite is a defect in the thickness of the skin or collagen of
the dermis (the middle layer of the skin). Cottage Cheese cellulite is not
the most common type of cellulite - and it is more prevalent in women who have
thin skin - either by genetics or by aging.
This type of
cellulite is more commonly seen, and is caused from the skin losing elasticity.
Lattice-work cellulite consists of tiny little bands of collagen that connect
from the muscle or bone to the skin that holds the subcutaneous fat in a lattice
work pattern. These bands of collagen are very strong and do not diminish
in strength over time. As the skin loses elasticity, the lattice-work
collagen holds onto the skin at certain spots, making the indentations or
conjunction with other procedures - such as endermologie or laser surgery can
sometimes help cellulite in it's appearance. There are many surgical and
non-surgical cellulite treatments available today, each with advantages and
Endermologie is a
technology developed in France by a plastic surgeon, is effective in improving
the appearance of celluite. It is also good with
from liposuction and fat transfer nodules. Endermologie is a patented vacuum
device that creates suction to lift your tissue while the rollers create suction
to the connective tissue and fat nodules - to improve the appearance of
physicians who use endermologie:
the thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer
blood flow and lymphatic drainage increase
facilitating the elimination of excess fluid
and fat cells
FDA Approved technique for comprehensive cellulite removal
Mesotherpay is a
non-invasive treatment, which is injected directly near the cellulite fat cells.
A series of injections of various pharmaceutical and homeopathic chemical agents
into the selective areas of fat. This procedure is not FDA approved. Mesotherapy or injection lipolysis - basically targets the fat cells by inducing
them to rupture or causing cellular death.
The most common
chemical agents injected with Mesotherapy:
Phosphatidycholine Sodium Deoxycholate
Even though some of
the drugs that make up the Mesotherapy solution are FDA Approved - it is not an
approved application to be used as a liquid solution for the injections directly
into the skin. Some of the other compounds used for Mesotherapy do not
have any FDA Approval - like vitamins, minerals, biotin, etc. This
procedure is considered "experimental".
irritation at the injection sites
swelling during and after the procedure
bruising at the injection sites
This non-invasive procedure can be controversial, as the injection consists of
several non-approved medications. Make sure you talk to your surgeon or
dermatologist regarding the pros and cons of this procedure. There is a
huge need for the proper scientific studies performed regarding this treatment
along with appropriate safety information and guidelines established.
Laser Therapy is a
non-surgical procedure that is used to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Lasers target the affected areas of cellulite by increasing circulation - melt
away excess fatty tissue and release any built up fluids. The laser
treatments can also improve collagen production which will fill in the dimpled
areas to make them appear smooth.
VelaSmooth is a
different type of cellulite treatment in which it uses ELOS (Electrical Optical
Synergy) Technology. VelaSmooth is not a weight loss procedure, but it does
reshape and contour your body for a slimmer look and feel. Average course
of treatment consists of two 45-60 minute treatments per week for up to 6 - 8
ELOS Technology which works using a combination of the following:
bi-polar radio frequency (RF)
Light infrared energy
ELOS uses the vacuum and dual action rollers of
endermologie - however; it helps manipulate and smooth the skin more effectively
with the help of the RF (radio-frequency) and infrared energies.
It is these forces that help increase the body's
metabolism and shrink fat chambers, tightening the skin and helping with
reducing cellulite quickly.
VelaSmooth side effects:
bruising will sometimes occur, but is