When eliminating cellulite, many believe that a body contouring procedure like liposuction can help. The idea behind it is that the instant removal of excess fat enables the body to have a new contoured shape or a better appearance. As liposuction offers dramatic fat reduction results, many think that it can do the same for cellulite.
The truth about fat and cellulite
While cellulite is common in people with excess fat, everyone can get it. In fact, even fit and skinny people are susceptible to having skin dimpling. It affects about 80 to 90% of women in varying levels and commonly occurs in the buttocks and thighs. Men can also get cellulite, but it is more common in women.
It is also true that skin dimpling looks more noticeable with excess fat. Losing weight when you’re overweight or obese can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, but not completely eliminate it. It can, however, help improve the shape of your body, as well as boost your general health and self-confidence.
Cellulite and liposuction
Liposuction is an effective fat reduction procedure, but it cannot improve the appearance of cellulite. This is because although fat is a component of cellulite, it is not entirely the same as normal fat. Cellulite appears when the fat layers beneath the skin push through the layers of collagen fibers or connective tissue.
Liposuction only removes excess fats deposits in certain areas of the body, making it ineffective for cellulite or stretch marks. While it can alter the shape of the body, it cannot tighten loose skin. In fact, those who undergo liposuction and lack skin elasticity may be left with loose skin appearance in the treated area.
The sad truth is liposuction can sometimes make cellulite worse with noticeable skin dimpling. This is especially true with aggressive liposuction or if too much fat is removed during the procedure. It can also cause the skin to wrinkle more. This is why it is important to undergo liposuction only for the right reasons, not cellulite reduction.
What works for cellulite?
Research studies suggest that acoustic shockwave therapy can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. It can also improve the tone and texture of the skin, as well as assist in body contouring. The procedure is nonsurgical and patients need multiple sessions to see significant changes.
Acoustic shockwave therapy uses a handheld device that delivers acoustic waves. This then causes pressures and vibrations to the connective tissues, breaking down the accumulation of cellulite’s cell structures. The modified wave pulses can also increase the elasticity of the epidermis and make the tissues firmer and tighter.
Some creams or lotions may claim to remove skin dimpling, but there is no cure for cellulite. Skin care products with caffeine can help firm the skin, but it cannot permanently eliminate cellulite. Acoustic shockwave is a good option, as well as consulting a skin/aesthetic doctor who can determine what will work for you.
A healthy lifestyle helps
While positive lifestyle changes cannot completely banish cellulite, it can help reduce the appearance of skin dimpling. Here are a few things that can help:
- Lose excess weight, but avoid yo-yo dieting, as this can damage collagen and elastin fibers.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Exercise regularly to build more muscles.
- Stay hydrated to help keep water in cells.
- Avoid prolonged UV exposure; protect your skin from the sun.
If you’re looking to improve your cellulite, commit to a healthy lifestyle and consider acoustic shockwave therapy. Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore offers this treatment, as well as other body contouring and skin tightening procedures. Contact us today and schedule a consultation and body assessment with our aesthetic doctor.