Our “Cellulite Solution Eating Plan” is simple: Women who do the three-day-a-week “Anti-Cellulite Workout” eat 1,800 calories. If you choose to exercise more (perhaps you play sports or you can’t miss your hikes or yoga classes), you will need to eat 2,200 calories. Here are some healthy and delicious new meals and snacks.
Dried sweet clover extract can increase blood circulation and assist in removing fluid build-up. [This ingredient may have mild diuretic action, but is not “fluid build-up” is not a factor in the appearance or composition of fatty tissue.]
Dry brushing is considered one of the top remedies for improving cellulite and this is no coincidence. Numerous reports of women all over the net and studies show that it can be a very effective tool for fighting cellulite. Using a dry natural brush (dry brushing) possesses a unique mechanical…Read More »
The term was first used in the 1920s by spa and beauty services to promote their services, and began appearing in English-language publications in the late 1960s, with the earliest reference in Vogue magazine, “Like a swift migrating fish, the word cellulite has suddenly crossed the Atlantic.”
1. Loosely tie an exercise band around your ankles and lie on your back with your arms down at your sides. Extend both legs straight up directly above your hips, with your feet spread wide enough that the exercise band is slightly taut. Flex your feet.
Rossi and Vergnanini (2000) propose that hormones play a predisposing role in the pathophysiology of cellulite after puberty. The authors note that oestrogen (female steroid sex hormones that are secreted by the ovary) may aggravate the physiological changes causing cellulite. Oestrogen also stimulates lipoprotein lipase, the main enzyme responsible for splitting lipoproteins found in chylomycrons (particles that transport dietary lipids from the intestines to other locations in the body) and very low-density lipoproteins into fatty acids for storage in fat deposits in the body.
Cuts, scrapes, and puncture wounds are common, and most people will experience one of these in their lifetime. Evaluating the injury, and thoroughly cleaning the injury is important. Some injuries should be evaluated by a doctor, and a tetanus shot may be necessary. Treatment will depend upon the severity of the injury.
Antibiotics, such as derivatives of penicillin or other types of antibiotics that are effective against the responsible bacteria, are used to treat cellulitis. If the bacteria turn out to be resistant to the chosen antibiotics, or in patients who are allergic to penicillin, other appropriate antibiotics can be substituted. Sometimes the treatment requires the administration of intravenous antibiotics in a hospital setting, since oral antibiotics may not always provide sufficient penetration of inflamed tissues to be effective. In certain cases, intravenous antibiotics can be administered at home or at an infusion center.
An extremely common problem, cellulite forms due to the natural aging process, hormones and weight changes. It’s essentially fatty deposits that look like lumpy and dimpled skin. Though its appearance can sometimes be helped with weight loss and exercise, the only way to permanently resolve the problem is with a targeted treatment like Cellulaze.
Thermage is our first tool of choice for linear cellulite (lines or wavy irregularities) (see: What is the importance of loose skin with cellulite? above) or cellulite on the front of the thigh. Thermage uses radio-frequency energy to deep heat the skin. This causes an immediate tightening and smoothing in over half of patients. The body also responds to Thermage by making new collagen that further tightens and smooth’s the skin. Studies show that around 96% of patients see improvement with Thermage (click here to learn more about how Thermage works). Thermage is widely regarded as the “gold standard” for non-surgical skin tightening. This is especially true on the body, including the thighs, arms and abdomen. Innovations Medical is one of the most experienced Thermage practices in the country. We have done over 1,000 body Thermage cases. With that experience, we believe that linear cellulite responds better to Thermage as the initial treatment. Thermage also works very well on the front of the thighs. Frequently, it is the best choice for cellulite on the front of the thighs. Thermage is the best choice for crape paper skin, often seen on the front of the thighs. We normally do not think of Thermage requiring maintenance treatments.
Detoxing your body may help minimize cellulite by reducing stored toxins that contribute to cellulite. Try to eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of toxins you put in your body through diet and lifestyle. That includes avoiding things such as smoking and drinking.
Soy Turkey and Swiss on Rye: Top 1 slice whole-grain rye bread with 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard, 2 ounces soy turkey or ham, 1 ounce reduced-fat Swiss cheese and 1 cup fresh watercress leaves. Top with second slice of bread.
In a small number of patients, unacceptable cellulite appearance may still be present after all of the non-invasive treatments have failed. In addition, some patients have very deep dimples, depressions or scars that have to be addressed with minimally invasive procedures. For these special situations, we use two different technologies, SmartLipo and fat shifting/transfer. We will describe them briefly:
Bottom line: Early studies show that women may see less cellulite. In one study, 10 women received 8 treatments. After these treatments, the researchers found that the women had a little less cellulite.
Westcott’s way of thinking explains why you can spend hours on the elliptical and your cellulite won’t budge: Even if you lose body fat, the remaining fat is still sitting on the same weak muscle tissue, giving the fat the same lumpy texture. “Cellulite is a two-fold problem, so we need a two-fold solution,” Westcott says. “Strength train to get the muscles firm and strong, and lose excess body fat.”
While Dr. Murad’s book makes a significant contribution to the study of cellulite, it exhibits one major weakness that prevents it from fully cracking the cellulite case on its own. Dr. Murad purports to treat cellulite with food. “I have always said, ‘Before there was medicine, there was food,” he states in the introduction. Yet many of the nutrients he recommends for treating cellulite are glaringly absent from the recommended meal plans.
But although it might sound like the perfect quick-fix, liposuction, lasering or other means of removing cellulite surgically is not a simple means of going from a size 16 to size 6 overnight. The ASPS themselves even state that “Liposuction is not an effective treatment for cellulite — the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips, and buttocks — or loose saggy skin.” Nothing can substitute for eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise. Just as with other signs of aging, cellulite is best managed by focusing on long-term weight loss and overall health first.
Sorry to say, you cannot trust the hordes of beauty product companies trying to sell you cellulite-blasting lotions boasting “natural botanicals,” antioxidants, and caffeine. “No studies show that these creams used by themselves offer any improvement,” says the Mayo Clinic info page for cellulite. “In some cases, the ingredients in these products cause skin reactions or rashes.
Dietary supplements: Several of these products have been marketed and contain a variety of ingredients such as ginkgo biloba, sweet clover, grape-seed bioflavinoids, bladder wrack extract, oil of evening primrose, fish oil, and soy lecithin. These preparations claim to have positive effects on the body such as boosting metabolism, improving circulation, protecting against cell damage, and breaking down fats. Such claims are difficult to evaluate as is the case with similar assertions made on behalf of many supplements and alternative therapies. Concepts such as “metabolism,” “circulation,” or “cell damage” cannot be easily measured on an objective basis to determine whether or not any improvement has been achieved. Additionally, because these products are sold as dietary supplements and not as drugs, they are not subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are therefore exempt from meeting the scientific standards for both safety and effectiveness that are applied to drugs. Furthermore, there are no valid clinical studies to support the use of these dietary supplements for the treatment of cellulite. Studies that have been conducted have not demonstrated any value of these supplements. Some dietary supplements that are promoted for the treatment of cellulite may also pose health risks or may interact with certain prescription drugs. For example, the formulation known as Cellasene contains iodine, which many doctors warn may be harmful for those with thyroid and other conditions.
Many cellulite sufferers have sought out massage therapy as a cellulite treatment. Some massages are done by hand while others are done using machines specifically geared towards reducing the appearance of cellulite.
The latest cellulite-blasting technology? Engelman recommends Cellutone, which uses shockwaves (they feel like a tiny rubber band hitting your skin) that release 6,000 shocks over the course of seven minutes per area (think: each thigh or your abs) that break up the fibrous banding and help to make the skin look smoother.
A healthy diet plays an important role in keeping the signs of cellulite at bay, and moderation is key, Engelman says. For example, eating food that’s high in salt will cause your fat cells to swell, making your cellulite more pronounced. She suggests watching your sodium intake while eating plenty of fiber and whole grain foods (such as bran and oat cereals), since they help to remove waste and toxins from the intestinal tract, as well as fruits and vegetables.
CaloSpa Rejuvenation Center Louisville and CaloSpa Rejuvenation Center Lexington offer a wide range of medical spa treatments including BOTOX® Cosmetic, Fraxel®, and CoolSculpting®, along with laser hair removal and vein treatments. CaloSpa Louisville provides relaxing day spa services as well. Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace serves patients from throughout Kentucky, as well as West Virginia and Ohio.
Rosenbaum and colleagues (1998) and Nurnberger and Muller (1978) explain that men and women have a different connective tissue organizational structure at the first layer of subcutaneous fat. With females, the adipose tissue is contained in chamber-like structures that favor the expansion of adipose tissue into the dermis. Contrariwise, men have a network of criss-crossing connective tissue architecture, forming smaller polygonal units which allow for subcutaneous fat deposits to expand laterally and internally, but with little protrusion (if any) into the dermis. As well, men have thicker epidermis and dermis tissue layers in the thighs and buttocks than females (Wanner and Avram, 2008; Nurnberger and Muller 1978).
How could this be? Noticing that the liposuction did not produce lasting results, researchers from the study explained that the fat returned after the liposuction procedure because the patients did not make any lasting lifestyle changes. For example, if you have fat removed from the hip area but continue to eat in a way that puts on extra body weight, the body continues to make and store new fat cells. As they put it, “We think the brain somehow knows how much fat is on board and responds [to liposuction] in a manner to regulate that weight. That’s why preventing obesity is so important”.
To learn more about our non-surgical treatments, request a spa consultation online at CaloSpa Rejuvenation Center or call our Louisville location at (502) 814-3000 or our Lexington location at (859) 269-2256 to schedule your visit.