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Cellulite is an extremely common condition—as well as an extremely common complaint among women (and even some men) throughout the United States. Anywhere from 80 to 90 percent of all women will develop the bumpy look on their thighs or elsewhere at some stage of life, but even though the dimples are practically universal, they are far from welcome.
Many cellulite treatments have arisen over the years, offering smooth-skinned salvation to anyone plagued by unwanted puckers on their buttocks and legs. But what’s in a cellulite treatment? Los Angeles’ Dr. Dan Yamini and Dr. Steve Svehlak explore four of them here.
Inexpensive options for treating cellulite are readily available in the form of creams that women can apply directly to their skin. The idea is that beneficial chemicals in the cream penetrate the surface and cause the dimples to disappear. Whether the desired results are achieved as advertised is a matter of much debate. While some ingredients, such as caffeine, can help to reduce swelling fat cells that contribute to the unwanted look, the daily application regimen is often accompanied by a suggested lifestyle change to diet and exercise routines. Losing excess weight can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite—and is certainly good for your health—but it can’t eliminate it. Also, creams that do show some effectiveness must be applied faithfully for as long as women want results to last.
A variety of options exists in this category, which includes laser- and ultrasound-based devices that can improve the look of cellulite, but do little to solve the actual problem by addressing the underlying cause. The improved circulation, increased lymphatic drainage, and reduced fat may help the skin to look better, but these surface cellulite treatments tend to require ongoing maintenance applications to ensure that the results last.
Since cellulite is not caused by fat, but by bands in the skin known as septae, cutting the bands effectively gets rid of the problem. Surgeons can make incisions in the areas where cellulite forms, using a scalpel to cut into the skin and then sever the septae. With the cellulite-causing tension released, skin loses its dimpled appearance. As a surgical procedure, this method carries the associated risk and recovery times.
Surgery is not the only option for severing the septae that cause cellulite. A modern cellulite treatment, known as Cellfina®, accomplishes the same results, but does so without surgery. The blade that cuts the tight bands is more like a needle, which slides in and out without need of incision. This advancement means the treatment can be handled in an office, as opposed to a surgery room, and no down time or significant recovery are required. Unlike creams and nonsurgical surface treatments, Cellfina® is a one-time treatment, with a single session producing results that last for at least two years. The visual change is visible within days of the session, and will continue to improve for months. Dr. Yamini and Dr. Svehlak offer Cellfina® as their cellulite treatment of choice at Sunset Cosmetic Surgery.
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