I think that I speak for the majority of women when I say, "We hate cellulite!" But 80% of us have it. Are we supposed to just sit back and love our cottage cheese thighs, bellies and butts? I, for one, am not willing to do that. If you're like me, you want to know if there is any hope.
The number-one cause of cellulite is gender – that would be all of us beautiful females. It has to do with our production of estrogen, and it doesn't matter what size you are; if you are female, you can still get cellulite even if you’re thin. Cellulite is caused by fat deposits just below the skin's surface. It typically begins after puberty and can make us feel less attractive or embarrassed. As we know, cellulite tends to target the upper thighs, stomach, buttocks and even the upper arms. Cellulite gives the skin that dimpled, unattractive, orange-peel appearance.
Both men and women get cellulite, but because of our hormones, we women are more often affected by it. It may be caused by a poor diet high in salt and carbs and insubstantial amounts of fiber. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fiber can help to lessen the effects of cellulite. As we age, our skin begins to thin, making cellulite more apparent. And because collagen is less firm and we’re losing estrogen, we also begin to lose the taut skin we had when we were younger. It’s important to exercise to maintain muscle tone and increase circulation – both of which lessen the effects of cellulite. It’s common sense: The more muscle tone I have in my thighs, stomach and butt, the less room there is for cellulite. I can see a huge difference when I stop working out and go on one of my exercise sabbaticals.
So, what’s a girl to do? Liposuction, over-the-counter creams, spa treatments? With liposuction, you’ll lose inches, since the surgery targets and pulls out fat from deep below the skin’s surface. This is great, but it doesn't target the cellulite just beneath the surface. So you’ll be inches smaller, but you’ll still have the dreaded cellulite. And creams for cellulite only offer temporary results.
How about a happy medium, which meets at the midpoint between creams and lipo? The Vela Shape II laser targets cellulite without being invasive, shrinking fat cells with no downtime, risk of infection or pain. This laser heats the tissue and sends oxygen to fat cells, where it burns stored fat-cell energy and causes the cells to shrink. There is no pain and many describe it as feeling like a warm deep tissue massage. Results can be seen after two to three treatments, depending on the condition of your skin. The average number of treatments is five to six, spaced one week apart.Results can be seen in as few as two to three treatments, depending on the condition of your skin. Further, the results of a recent study show that “participants had an average loss of 2 centimeters in their thigh circumference. Most patients reported no discomfort during or following treatment and all showed up to 60% overall improvement in skin texture after five sessions.”
The average number of Vela treatments needed is five to six, spaced one week apart, and the cost can range from $175 to $600 per treatment session, depending on the area(s) being treated. It is also FDA-approved. This laser treatment is not a permanent or perfect fix, but with proper diet and exercise, the results of smoother, tighter-looking skin can last over a year, and most enjoy doing maintenance.