Reducing Cellulite Appearance: What’s Worth Trying?

January 25, 2020

Reducing-Cellulite-AppearanceWhile no one wants to have cellulite, it affects almost everyone, especially women. About 80 to 90 percent of them have some kind of cellulite, and many are on quest in finding ways and remedies to get rid of it.  

What’s going on when cellulite appears?

There is not much known about the exact causes of cellulite. The fat and tissue buildup underneath the skin, as well as its interaction with the connective tissue is said to result in its formation. When the underlying fat deposits push toward the skin, it can distort the connective tissues, resulting in a dimpling appearance.

A number of factors can also weaken connective tissues and contribute to cellulite formation, such as:

  • Age
  • Hormones 
  • Genes 
  • Lifestyle
  • Weight gain

Can you reduce cellulite appearance?

If you dislike your  skin dimples, you should know that there is no magic solution for cellulite removal. There are, however, some helpful treatments you can try to reduce its appearance. Just don’t expect miracles or complete removal, as there is no perfect or permanent cure for skin dimpling.  

Do creams and gels work?

Topical treatments like creams and gels won’t remove cellulite, but they may help in reducing its visibility. This is especially true for products that are designed to tighten and firm the skin. It is also common for many topical treatments to provide additional moisture, which can minimize the appearance of skin dimpling. 

Caffeine is one of the most common ingredients in many topical cellulite creams. This is said to improve circulation in the area and tighten your skin’s appearance. Caffeine, furthermore, has antioxidants that can penetrate the skin’s top layer, which is beneficial in stimulating the fat cells to break down.

What’s worth a try?

Dr. Sylvia’s Cellu(e)rase with Caffeine is a contouring gel that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is formulated with caffeine that can invigorate and energize the skin while providing antioxidant benefits. It can also slim the look of legs, thighs, and hips, as well as plump the skin from within.

Cellu(e)rase contains moisture-locking ingredients like seaweed and aloe that can hydrate and revitalize the skin. It is also formulated with Niacinamide, a unique form of Vitamin B that attracts water to the skin to reduce the look of dimpling. The combination of these ingredients helps lift and sculpt the appearance of body contours. 

This contouring gel can also be combined with certain aesthetic treatments like acoustic shockwave therapy. This FDA-cleared non-invasive procedure has been clinically proven to break down fat and reduce the appearance of cellulite. It can also address other skin concerns like stretch marks.

Acoustic shockwave uses a handheld device that delivers vibration and pressures into the connective tissues. This then breaks down the buildup of cellulite’s cell structures. The vibrations can also make the tissue more active and softer, increasing the elasticity of the epidermis.

What about  massages and self-tanners?

The idea behind massages improving cellulite is that it can plump up the skin and boost circulation. Dry brushing (or brushing the skin with a soft-bristled brush) is one common massage for cellulite. This  technique, however, does not reduce cellulite, but only makes skin dimples less visible temporarily. 

Cellulite is also less noticeable on darker skin, so you may use a self-tanner if you have light skin. Be sure to use sunless-tanning products, as sun tanning (or the use of tanning beds) can damage your skin and decrease its elasticity. Also, do take note that this technique is only a temporary solution to hiding cellulite. 

To find out more about Cellu(e)rase and other cellulite reduction treatments contact Cutis Laser Clinics today. You can also book an appointment with our Harvard-trained aesthetic doctor, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez, to talk about your other skin and body concerns.