Cellulite is the bane of over 85% of all women on the face of the earth. In simple terms, it is the accumulation of free floating fat cells in the thighs, legs, arms and buttocks of most women. It typically affects women above the age of thirty, though younger women may be affected depending on their genetic predisposition and lifestyle. The following factors predispose you to getting cellulite: slow metabolism rate, unhealthy diet and poor circulation possibly due to obesity, dehydration and lack of exercise. The good news is that there are many natural home solutions to this problem, including:
One of the simplest and cheapest methods of attempting to get rid of cellulite at home is dry brushing. The rationale for this method is that by stimulating good blood flow and lymph flow towards the heart, you will be able to systemically get rid of the accumulated free fatty fat cells using the body’s own systems. Care should be taken to ensure that you brush starting from the legs upwards towards the heart. The brush should not be wet and the brushing should be light to avoid irritating the skin too much. There is no scientific evidence pointing to the efficacy of this method. However, due to its simplicity, getting a dry brush and trying it out would not harm you in any way. The bristles of the brush should be natural and not as stiff as some synthetic brushes are.
Composed of glycine and proline (amino acids), gelatin plays a role in weight regulation which limits the amount of fat that can be stored in the body. It can be found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals. Some of the health benefits of gelatin include supporting good skin, hair and nail growth, tightening loose skin and improving digestion. All these benefits will go into reducing cellulite levels at home.
A connective tissue massage
Also referred to as a myofascial massage, this is a procedure carried out by therapists that serves to smooth fascial planes in your body. Fascia is a layer of connective tissue that attaches the skin to the muscle and the organs underneath. Imbalances and adhesions in fascia can create a good environment for the deposition of free fat cells, which will lead to cellulite formation. A deep tissue roller can act as a replacement for the connective tissue massage, as the end result will be the same.
Using coffee scrubs
In this method of reducing cellulite, you will mix ground coffee with sugar and coconut oil to create a paste that can be applied on the skin under pressure. It is thought that the caffeine in the coffee scrub paste will lead to tightening of the skin as well as the stimulation of blood and lymph flow.
Use of moisturizers
Keeping your skin and body hydrated will be more advantageous in your goal of reducing cellulite at home than living in a near state of dehydration. Skin moisturizers such as coconut oil will prevent your skin from drying up completely.
Cellulite refers to the accumulation of fats inside the interconnectivity of fibrous tissues just beneath the skin. The term is derived from the puckered, dimpled appearance of the skin usually around the hips or thighs.
Beneath your skin is numerous web of tissue strands known as septae. These are interwoven in such a manner as to hold and keep fat in place. If the septae happen to be loosely woven and weak, the fat in between them begins to bulge thus creating dimples or ripples that're visible on an otherwise smooth skin surface.
Due to weakly interwoven and less number of septae in women than in men, women are more susceptible to have cellulite. Further to that, men have thicker skin compared to women whereas women’s hormones are likely to interfere with the strength of septae as well as the size of fat-holding cells. Remedies usually involve various methodologies that attempt to alter the internal structure of the skin and getting rid of accumulated fat therein.
Treatment Using Radiofrequency (RF) Technique
Use of Radiofrequency (RF) electronic devices for non-surgical cellulite reduction is the latest and promising technique. A combination of pure RF energy together with other modalities involving mobilization of tissue, suction, and infrared can be applied to help contour the body effectively thereby reducing fat as well as the appearance of cellulite.
RF treatment involves heating the skin around the affected area, subsequently causing temporary thickening and swelling. The net effect is that the skin becomes smooth thus reducing the appearance of cellulite dimples. Controlled RF heating melts fat deposits beneath the skin which then get drained via the lymphatic system. This in effect cause increased blood circulation and tightening of tissues around the affected area thus minimizing the appearance of cellulite. In order to get better results, patients are often asked to undergo continual sessions (once or twice weekly) for a month or even longer.
- RF Laser Toning: In the case of cellulitis with more dimples or ripples, RF devices such as Galaxy that's often used to remedy facial wrinkles may be used. This device points RF laser beam energy underneath the skin’s surface thereby laying down fresh collagen and tightening of skin thus reducing cellulite appearance.
- RF Laser Massage: This is a Tri-Active cold laser method which involves suction massage that causes increased drainage in the lymphatic system and fluid filtration from the cells. Less intense heat emanating from an electronic diode is applied underneath the affected area in order to stimulate the production of collagen thereby causing skin tightening. The diode’s cooling head is devised in a way that counters any slight burning sensation.
Following RF thermotherapy treatment period, the inner structures of your skin will tighten faster while new collagen will spring up over a period of time. The patient should see an improvement in their skin tone. After the initial session, the patient might experience dry skin coupled with burning mild burning sensation. This is normal and would disappear after a while.
Although RF and other minimally invasive laser treatments show remarkable and immediate results, Patients would need to go for touch-ups at least once in a year. These treatment technologies are relatively new and data on long-term side effects are yet to be documented.