|Facts about Cellulite Treatments
In order to consider a particular therapy a cellulite “treatment” that therapy must address some component of the underlying physiological problems that leads to the formation of cellulite, namely, decreased microcirculation, fibrous septae damage, and the accumulation of fat in engorged fat cells. Creams and lotions that do not penetrate the skin or deep tissue massage only act to temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite by causing localized tissue swelling that hides the dimples of cellulite. Effective cellulite therapies include Thermage, carboxytherapy, and mesotherapy.
How Does Thermage Treat Cellulite?
Thermage is a nonsurgical procedure that is performed in the doctor’s office. Thermage uses radiowaves to heat and to tighten the skin on the face and body. Thermage recently released the Thermage CL cellulite tip that has undergone changes in its cooling parameters to lock the heat into the deep tissues, thereby increasing circulation and repairing the damaged collagen in the fibrous septae. Unlike other procedures that require multiple visits to the doctor’s office, Thermage is a one-time treatment. Immediate tightening is noticeable and improvement in dimpling and skin texture continues over a period of three to six months. The main mechanisms of Thermage action against cellulite are to stimulate circulation to the affected areas and to repair the damaged fibrous septae.
How Does Carboxytherapy Treat Cellulite?
Carboxytherapy is the administration of carbon dioxide [CO2] gas for therapeutic purposes. Carbon Dioxide is the gas that gives carbonated beverages their “fizz.” It should not be confused with Carbon Monoxide gas, which is a by-product of oil combustion that can be deadly. Carboxytherapy was originally discovered in the Royal Spas of France when bathing in the carbon dioxide filled waters was shown to speed wound healing. The therapy was exported to Brazil where physicians used carbon dioxide gas to reduce small areas of fatty accumulation above the knee in individuals who had recently undergone liposuction. Carbon dioxide gas destroys fat cells and increases the circulation to the treated region for up to twenty four hours. Thus, carboxytherapy addresses two components of cellulite formation, the decreased bloodflow and the accumulation of fatty deposits beneath the skin surface. Carboxytherapy is usually administered in a series of six to twelve treatments spaced one week apart.
How Does Mesotherapy Treat Cellulite?
A popular procedure in Europe, mesotherapy involves the injection of vitamins, minerals, and medications to break down cellulite and stimulate circulation. Multiple injections over a period of several weeks or months may be required.