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Although there are many therapeutic methods to treat cellulite, there is no curative treatment that can eliminate it completely. The results of treatment vary from one patient to another, and will depend on the type of cellulite you have (see type of cellulite for more information). From this fact, it is advisable to try more than one method, and several times, to increase your chance. Some changes in diet and increased or regular exercise are very important with any treatment.  

If there is lack of positive results in the fight against cellulite, there are plenty of products on the market. The skin care products industry offers a variety of anti-cellulite products and other therapeutic interventions that can help you get rid of the cellulite: creams, gels, vigorous massage, laser treatments, radiofrequency and injections of substances into the surface layer of the skin. Sometimes, surgical intervention may be considered. Surgery is sometimes necessary in the treatment of cellulite if all the other alternatives bring no good results. When other options have failed and the cellulite is important, liposuction can effectively bring a sustainable solution. 

In general, cellulite treatment includes the following approaches:  

Cellulite diet: if you want to prevent or get rid of cellulite, it is important to reduce your salt intake or a diet low in salt. High salt intake contributes to water retention and congestion in tissues. It is also important to drink plenty of water and eat a diet that provides the essential nutrients your skin needs to be healthy.  

Exercise - nowadays, everyone knows the importance of exercise in preventing diseases and to be in fitness. It is recommended to exercise regularly to improve muscle tone and circulation. The practice of muscle toning exercises not only helps you to stay in shape but also has anti cellulite effects. If you have medical condition, talk to your doctor first; otherwise, you can practice any exercise that fits you: aerobics, walking, jogging, biking, skiing, and other activities. Any physical activity that causes increased heart rates and respiration rates, and improves blood circulation can help you lose fat throughout your body.  

Creams and Gels : these substances act locally to reduce body fat and stimulate the fragmentation of fat cells (adipocytes). Others work by keeping the skin hydrated. The majority of these cellulite creams contain forskolin or methylxanthines: theophylline, aminophylline, caffeine. Unfortunately, their curative effects on cellulite are minor.  

Wave Therapy and DeepTissue Massage : it is now common to treat cellulite with devices that combine the action of wave infrared, radio frequency or laser directed onto the skin with a deep tissue massage. Leaning on the skin, these devices perform a vigorous massage. They help to dissolve fat mass by a heat effect. Some lasers are more penetrating than others and stimulate collagen formation, improving at the same time the tone of the skin.  

Although may vary depending on the severity of cellulite, the number of treatments available is on average six sessions at a rate of one session per week or per fortnight. In some patients, the improvement can be visible a few weeks to three months. Talking to your dermatologist for more information.  

Endermologie : this therapeutic procedure involves the application of deep massage, using a machine, to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The device is made of rollers and operated by a health professional. During the therapy, the massage unfolds like a movement back and forth over the skin while suction is used to redistribute the skin and remove dimpling. The therapy causes a painless swelling, which makes the orange peel less apparent or disappears. A treatment lasts about 45 minutes and is usually repeated one to three times a week for several weeks.  

Mesotherapy : this is a non-surgical cosmetic therapy consists at injecting small droplets of drugs or homeopathic medication s under the skin, directly into the region where the cellulite forms. These injections may contain various ingredients such as aminophylline, hormones, enzymes, plant extracts, vitamins and / or minerals. Although rare, some patients may experience side effects: pain and inflammation of the skin, redness or necrosis (premature death of cells and living tissue) which can leave scars.  

The mesotherapy session is painless and takes about 15-20 minutes. An initial treatment may include eight to ten sessions: one per week for the first five, then one every 15 days. Mesotherapy is particularly indicated when circulatory disorders exists and/or cellulite covering a large area of skin. 

Lipolysis : This is another method of treating cellulite. It is very new and similar to mesotherapy. It involves the injection of substances (deoxycholic acid , phosphatidylcholine , and others) under the skin, about one centimeter deep, to destroy fat cells. During the injection, ultrasound generators plates can be placed on the diseased areas. Each session lasts thirty minutes; about eight to ten sessions are needed to obtain a significant improvement. Although rare, lipolysis can cause a significant inflammatory reaction in some patients. 

Liposuction : to get rid of your cellulite, your physician may use liposuction to remove the excess fat in your stomach, hips, thighs, etc. During liposuction, your therapist can leave a layer of fat under the skin in order to leave the least possible trace of the intervention. That said, a more recent type of liposuction called tumescent liposuction or micro liposuction (removal of small pieces of fat through tiny cannulass and small incisions) can considerably reduce the appearance of cellulite.  However, this method is costly, and can make the cellulite more apparent in some patients. Do your research to find a great plastic surgeon before considering liposuction.   

Plastic Surgery: surgical intervention is reserved for severe cellulite that causes scars in the groin, thighs or waist. A skin lifting in the affected area can be done to stretch the skin, and remove a portion of cellulite. Transplantation of fat, which is normally used to correct the defects left by the liposuction, may also used to reduce cellulite. The transplant is done by injection. The fat is suctioned from the abdominal region to be injected into the area affected by the cellulite. 


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