Immediate | 9 – 18 months
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Swelling, Bruises and Infection (rare)
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What Is Cellulite?
Also known as orange peel syndrome, cellulite appears as:
- lumpy skin on the thighs
Individual and clumped collections of fat push on the connective tissue beneath your skin.
This results in the skin’s surface dimpling or puckering. Cellulite may not be a health concern, but it is thought to be unattractive among men and women alike.
Causes of Cellulite
According to American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, cellulite occurs when the fibrous tissue cords that anchor the skin contract or shorten, thus pushing the skin down.
These cords begin to break down, enabling the usual layer of fat beneath the skin to rise upward. Hence, it gives the impression of puckering or “cottage cheese” look to the skin.
Cellulite affects people of all races and ethnicities all around the world. It is, nevertheless, more common in women than in men. Cellulite formation is influenced by a number of variables, including:
Hormones are known to play an important part in cellulite development. Apart from estrogen, other hormones such as insulin, adrenaline, noradrenaline, thyroid hormone, and prolactin are known to play a role in cellulite formation.
Women’s skin thins, gets less elastic and becomes more prone to sagging as they grow older. This also makes your cellulite more prominent as you further advance in age.
Cellulite has a genetic component, according to research, and having cellulite in your family is one of the biggest risk factors.
Other Factors That May Worsen Your Cellulite
In addition to multiple causes, there are many factors that may increase your risk of cellulite and worsen it. Some of these factors are:
- Changes in weight
- Nutritional deficiencies
- muscular tone deficiency
- Poor skin health
Types of Cellulites
Cellulite is not just of one kind. It is very important to understand the differences among the many types of cellulites to find the most effective treatment. The three forms of cellulite are listed below.
Flaccid Cellulite or Soft Cellulite:
It has a sagging, cottage cheese like appearance. Soft cellulite is typically seen on body parts where fat deposits, such as the arms, stomach, hips, buttocks, and legs, are linked to sagging skin.
Compact Cellulite or Hard Cellulite:
Hard cellulite gives the appearance of an “orange peel”. Depressions and blemishes on the thighs, glutes, and hips characterize compact cellulite. This type of cellulite holds onto muscle, becoming stiff and painful to touch.
Due to a combination of poor blood circulation and excessive fluid retention, this cellulite becomes quite challenging to treat. It is most commonly found in the legs, particularly the thighs and knees.
Furthermore, if the skin is touched or if you have been sitting for a long time, your skin may feel sensitive to touch. Compact and edematous cellulite may pose a slightly higher health risk and may cause pain and circulation issues.
The 4 Grades of Cellulite
- Grade I: When the skin is pinched, there is no visible cellulite.
- Grade II: Cellulite is not noticeable when standing or lying down, but it is visible when the skin is pinched.
- Grade III: Cellulite evident even when skin is at rest
- Grade IV: When the skin is at rest, more severe cellulite is visible.
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Who Is a Good Candidate for Cellulite Reduction Treatment?
If you are unhappy or conscious of how you look because of too much skin dimpling and you have tried dieting and exercise, then cellulite reduction may be an option for you. Some of the common reasons to consider anti-cellulite treatment are:
- The sight of dimpled skin on the thighs or buttocks is embarrassing.
- You have tried exercises and dieting to reduce the appearance of your cellulite.
- Due to a “cottage cheese” appearance, you avoid wearing certain garments or swimming suits.
- You maintain a healthy weight but still suffer from cellulite due to age and hormonal fluctuations.
- Cellulite gives you the appearance of being older or less fit than you are.
Cellulite Reduction Treatments
Cellulite treatment should be good enough to give ladies a perfect bikini body. Here are some of the cellulite treatment options which you can go for to get your perfect body-figure back.
VelaShape III is a cellulite removal treatment that delivers exceptional results. It is 3 times more powerful than prior devices and achieves greater outcomes in fewer sessions.
It works on both the deeper subcutaneous tissue and the top layers of the skin, reducing cellulite and toning the skin.
How Velashape Works?
VelaShape technology works by using a combined effect of infrared light, radio frequency, and vacuum. By encouraging new collagen production, these three treatments simultaneously help to reduce:
- fat cells
- improve lymphatic drainage and circulation
- firm and smooth the skin.
- Non-invasive procedure
- It helps to reduce localized deposits of fat
- Tones the skin
- It also reduces and smoothens the appearance of cellulite
- Little to no downtime
- Effectively targets areas that are resistant to exercise and diet
SmartLipo is a non-invasive alternative to standard liposuction that helps to firm up loose skin.
How SmartLipo Works?
SmartLipo uses a tiny cannula to introduce a laser fibre into the tissues and eliminate resistant body fat. The laser fibre can be used to melt fat and tighten the skin for a sleek, rejuvenated appearance once it is installed. In as little as one hour, the SmartLipo operation is usually finished.
Concerns that SmartLipo can address:
- Excess Body Fat
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- Legs and arms that are shapeless due to excessive fat
- Too much abdominal fat
- Hips that need reshaping and contour due to excessive fat deposit
SmartLipo treatment offers multiple benefits to you if you desire to get rid of stubborn fat from the diet as well as exercise resistant areas. The treatment has also helped many to achieve an overall improvement against loose, sagging skin.
The treatment is not meant to help you lose a lot of weight, but it can help you get rid of up to eight pounds of tough fat all over your body.
SmartLipo can be combined with other treatments, such as standard liposuction, to achieve your desired results.
Some other benefits of SmartLipo are as following:
- Minimal complications
- No significant downtime
- It can help to treat multiple areas of the body
- If needed, the procedure can be combined with many other procedures for optimal results
- Delivers visible and relatively quick results
The term VASER is an abbreviation for “vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance”. Ultrasound disrupts the connections between fat cells using strong waves.
The most important difference between standard liposuction and a VASER liposuction method is the precision of fat removal. It does not remove large amounts of fat from your body. Instead, it uses a contouring approach.
This entails eliminating tiny fat deposits to show muscle tone beneath. Although VASER liposuction will not completely transform your body, it can help you enhance your appearance in subtle but noticeable ways.
Benefits of VASER Liposuction:
- No lengthy recovery periods, and you can resume your activities right away
- Small areas of your body such as arms and neck can be contoured using VASER Liposuction.
- It helps to tone, define and improve your physical appearance
- VASER Liposuction also delivers permanent results by removing targeted fat cells from the body.
- The treatment helps to restore your confidence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why cellulite is more visible on my hips and legs?
Cellulite usually affects areas of your body that are more prone to fat gain, such as the thighs and hips. This is more common in women as these areas are common fat storage sites. Moreover, women account for 90 per cent of all cellulite sufferers.
Are topical treatments effective against cellulite?
Topical creams do not remove cellulite. But they do make it appear temporarily less prominent. Topical application of creams may tighten your skin.
This may result in a smoother and firmer appearance. Moreover, the treatment also adds moisture that can improve the overall look of the skin.
Is caffeine effective against cellulite?
Caffeine is one of the most used components of cellulite creams. It serves as a diuretic and increases blood flow to the area.
This can alter the fat’s water content, reducing cellulite’s appearance. You have to regularly use the caffeine based topical treatment to see visible results.
How long does it take to see results from Velashape?
The resulting time of Velashape may vary from person to person depending upon the severity of cellulite. Generally, the best results can be seen at around ten weeks post-treatment.
What are side effects of Velashape?
VelaShape side effects are usually minor, however they might include:
- Slight discomfort due to the heat during the procedure
- Redness of the skin
- Natural skin texture changes – (scratching, crusting, blister, burn)
What are side effects of VASER Liposuction?
VASER liposuction is a technique with a very minimal risk of complications. Some of the common side effects of the treatment are:
- Bruising and bleeding following your treatment
- Swelling that lasts for days or weeks following the surgery
- Scarring after VASER liposuction
- Skin that is too loose to adjust to your new body shape
- Discomfort and soreness at the treatment sites
Seek medical attention right away if you begin to notice any of the following side effects:
- Shortness of breath
- Dizzines, nausea or vomiting
- Green or yellow discharge
How long does it take to see results from SmartLipo?
The purpose of SmartLipo is to remove undesirable body fat while also tightening the skin to improve body shape. All treated areas show immediate improvement.
However, the final results will not be visible due to swelling, which can last 4-6 weeks or longer. The final outcome is assessed 3-6 months after treatment.
What are the side effects of SmartLipo?
Like with any surgical procedure, you may experience certain side effects after SmartLipo as well
- Muscle Soreness
- Slight Pain
- Rise in temperature
Are results from SmartLipo permanent?
Your results certainly can be permanent. For most patients, the effects of this therapy are permanent, or at the very least continue for five years or longer. Moreover, patients continue to benefit from the treatment in future if they commit to healthy lifestyle habits.
Does dieting help to reduce cellulite?
Although losing weight does not always guarantee losing cellulite, refined, processed foods high in sugar and fat may contribute to the appearance of dimples. Therefore, it is good to limit or avoid these altogether.
Are results from VASER Liposuction permanent?
VASER liposuction can produce permanent results. It will take some time for your body to heal and recover. Most patients see a difference in six weeks, with full benefits appearing three to twelve months later.
However, you may have some control over the possible outcomes of the procedure. You must follow a healthy lifestyle after treatment, such as a good diet and exercise. This will help you to avoid excess weight gain and cellulite.