Healthy skin at Skincare Centre

Ah, cellulite. Even the mere mention of the word causes my lips to curl in disdain. The condition is formed when underlying fat deposits push against connective tissue, and cause the skin above it to appear dimpled and lumpy. It’s normal, natural and the bane of every woman’s existence.

No, really, it is. Studies have shown that cellulite may affect up to 90% of women at one point in their lives.

Diagriam of Cellulite Formation

Well ladies, at least we’re all in this together. Cellulite occurs more often among women than men simply because we carry more fat alongside our butts, thighs and legs, and have thinner skin that makes lumps more visible. Cellulite isn’t harmful but its appearance can be unsightly and can make a person feel self conscious about showing their legs and thighs in shorts. It’s unrelated to weight gain or loss, meaning a very svelte figured woman has just as much of a chance of having cellulite as a more curvy woman.

While there’s no permanent solution for removing cellulite, there are a vast number of temporary cellulite treatments available today. From creams to lasers to even surgery, many brands are promising cellulite free skin. So which ones can you trust?

Except for retinol-based creams, the majority of anti-cellulite creams on the market have been debunked by medical professionals. Dr.Lisa Donofrio, an assistant professor of Dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine, confirms that there is no scientific proof that the creams work, and that there is no concrete way to measure cellulite either.

That leaves lasers and natural therapy as the only non-surgical forms of treatment. While they may not make cellulite disappear permanently, the three methods below can provide you with smoother skin for a prolonged period of time.

1. Lymphatic Drainage Massage

The lymphatic system is your body’s weapon against infection. With the help of lymph nodes, your body is able to produce immune cells and remove toxins. Lymphatic massage encourages the natural drainage of lymph (interstitial fluid), promotes detox, and corrects uneven fat distribution. Improved lymphatic flow can help reduce cellulite by breaking down scar tissue and fat cells, and is often used to improve a sluggish immune system. Regular lymphatic massage is a relaxing way to rejuvenate skin tissue without having to go under the knife. It is not only effective for reducing the appearance of cellulite but with providing the body with many other health benefits as well.

2. Laser Skin Tightening

A laser skin tightening procedure uses infrared light therapy to stimulate a thermal response in the skin, resulting in new collagen production.The treatment is designed specifically to treat lax or sagging skin. The treatment applies the Cutera Titan laser on the targeted area and leaves you with an overall smoother, tighter appearance.

Laser skin tightening treatment is suitable for all skin types and has little to no side effects. You might experience some redness or swelling for a few hours following treatment but thanks to the Titan’s non invasive application style, it allows you to walk out of the clinic immediately after without any downtime required.

Typically, a set of three appointments is recommended to experience the full effects of the Titan Laser, with a one month gap in between for optimal results. The great thing about laser skin tightening is that it not only stimulates collagen growth months after your last appointment, but also makes your skin more capable of defending itself against signs of aging in the future.The cost comes to around $500-1000 per session, depending on the clinic and the size of the area being treated.

3. Venus Legacy

Actress Sofia Vergara swears by this treatment and so should you. Designed to treat areas of the body that have lost elasticity, Venus Legacy is especially effective in reducing cellulite and stretch marks. Venus Legacy uses radio frequency and magnetic pulses to heat the targeted area and stimulate circulation and energy flow throughout the body (which leads to new collagen and elastin fiber growth.) A series of 6-8 treatments is recommended to experience optimal results (although some individuals will notice a difference after only a couple of sessions) with results being known to last up to two years. At around $500 a session, Venus Legacy isn’t cheap-but it is undoubtedly effective.