What’s a treatment for cellulite?

 

Cellulite appears to result from several different factors and concerns mainly women. It may be due to unhealthy diet and sedentary life or to heredity and hormonal factors and creates an unalluring appearance on differtent parts of the body harming women’s self confidence. Nowadays there are advanced and non surgical methods to treat cellulite like
1. Mesotherapy
2. Fractional radiofrequencies treatment that significantly improves the body’s appearance and is performed on the areas of the buttocks, the thighs, the knees, the abdomen and the arms.
3. Moreover, there are treatments with permanent results like Cellulerase, a technique that achieves results that last for many years in just one session.

Who’s a good candidate?

 

Treating cellulite with any of the above methods is completely safe for all patients. The ideal candidate should be a healthy adult who is bothered by her body’s appearance and the way her skin looks because of the cellulite. Patients should inform the doctor of any allergies they may have to different substances used in mesotherapy or any skin conditions that may prevent them from undergoing a more invasive procedure.

Facts I need to know

 

1. Mesotherapy is a safe, quite painless injectable technique that is performed at the doctor’s office with the use of local anesthetic cream. The doctor uses very thin needles and creates of mixture of benefical substances. She then injects this mixture in the dermis (middle layer of the skin) to increase microcirculation and boost the body’s natural process of lipolysis in order to reduce the number of fat cells and, therefore, limit the appearance of cellulite. The mixture used always contains vitamins, aminoacids and the appropriate peptides, however in the case of cellulite treatment, it can be reinforced with substances that are proven to melt falt, like caffeine and phosphatidylcholine. Besides treating cellulite mesotherapy boosts the natural production of collagen and elastin leaving skin more youthful, smooth and firm. Every session takes 30′ maximum and the number of sessions required is decided by the doctor depending on the extend of the problem.
2. Fractional Radiofrequencis (Morpheus Body)
This is the latest evolution in the sector of cellulite machine treatments and it is a method that offers results from the first session. Usually it takes about 3 sessions for full resuts and the technique also improves tissue firmness and is, therefore, a treatment for both cellulite and skin laxity. The therapy is performed with local anesthetic cream and it takes 30′ per area (buttocks, inner thighs, outer thighs and front area of the thighs). It can be combined with mesotherapy (according to the doctor’s judgement) with amazing results that become visible 20 days after the first session. Radiofrequencies melt the fat that lies under the skin as well as the vertical elastic skin bands with cellulite. The condition is a skin inflammation and Morpheus emits, through metal spikes, radiofrequencies as deep as 7cm -contrary to other machines that act on the surface – at temperatures that reach 60ºC. Damaged lymph networks that stagnate at the body areas mentioned above are destroyed, colagen production is stimulated, the vessel network is renewed and the lymph networks start working anew in order to remove toxins efficiently and improve the blood circulation of the specific areas of the body. This method gives a permanent solution to cellulite for at least two years as long as there are no significant changes to the patients metabolism and dietary routine. Results can last for up to 5 years.
3. Cellulerase
This is a minimally invasive technique that involves unbinding the elastic bands created by fibrous cellulite this way restoring immediately the skin’s smooth look. It is performed with the help of a special cannula through small holes that close by themselves, without stitches. This treatment doesn’t exclude the possibility of new fibrosis to appear therefore we cannot predict the duration of the results as it doesn’t treat problem at its root, like radiofrequencies. We often enhance the area treated with fat as well as hyaluronic acid for use on the body.

Recovery Time

 

After each mesotherapy, radiofrequencies or Cellulerase treatment for cellulite patients return immediately to their work and everyday routine. They initially notice mild swelling and bruising on the areas treated but symptoms subside immediately with the help of ice packs. Results are fully visible after the required treatments are completed and they last up to 12 months in the case of mesotherapy, two years with the Morpeus method and from 1 to 5 years with Cellulerase, depending on the case. In order to make results last longer patients should follow a healthy diet and drink a lot of fluids and they can of course repeat treatments.

Doctor’s Remarks:

 

Deep knowledge of the different types of cellulite and its differentiation from laxity are of great importance in order to start a treatment. Treatment plans are personalised and results depend also on the patients effort to follow simple dietary rules. Being a specialized plastic surgeon allows me to deeply know and understand the mechanisms of inflammation and fibrosis as well as the way different therapies work in order ro decide, after consulting with my patients, what is the appropriate solution and follow a path to a healthier, more beautiful body.