Lifestyle war: combating cellulite

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Dr Shuba Dharmana, Dermatologist & Medical Director, Lejeune Medspa, gives a lowdown on cellulite and how to combat it.

Cellulite is one of the most feared cosmetic problems that women face today. But there is no easy solution to this. Moreover, it is a myth that it is related to fat as cellulite is seen even in slim women. There are multiple factors that cause cellulite, fat is just one of them.

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is the orange peel effect with dimpling of the skin that is usually seen on thighs, buttocks and upper arms. It can be seen in other areas such as abdomen and back. There are varying degrees of severity of cellulite and if its not addressed early enough it can progress in severity.

The reason for this effect of the skin is the accumulation of excessive fat cells underneath the skin, which are separated by fibrous bands called septa. Various influences such as genetics, hormones, bad lifestyle, unhealthy food with high sugar, high salt, high fat, lack of exercise and tone, ageing and thinning skin contribute to it. It all shows up as dimples and irregular surfaces on the skin.

Tech to the rescue

There are various technologies that have been developed to target cellulite including lasers, vibration and massage therapies, creams and therapies. They either reduct the amount of fat by shrinking the fat cells, by disrupting the fibrous setae or by thickening the skin so the cellulite shows less.

One of the new technologies on the block is the ‘Z Wave’ technology by the German brand, Zimmer. Z wave uses high energy radial shock waves that specifically disrupts the targeted connective tissue and thus improves circulation and collagen formation. The shock waves destroy the gas bubbles that are present within the fatty layer and when these gas bubbles reopen, they trigger collagen production.

The procedure is very comfortable without the need of any local anaesthesia or numbing creams. It takes about 5-15 minutes depending on the areas that need targeting. Several sessions (10-15) are needed to see a dramatic improvement in the appearance of cellulite.

Z wave can also be undertaken after Cryolipolysis or fat freezing treatment, which targets stubborn areas of fat, reducing the deposits and contouring the body. Excess fat is targeted this way as well as collagen stimulation and skin tightening achieved by the Z Wave. Z wave is also typically used at the end of a cryolipolysis cycle to disrupt and destroy more fat cells and also to tighten the area.

Lifestyle changes

Along with the treatment, improvement in one’s lifestyle is mandatory. Exercise regularly to increase muscle and tone, avoid sugar and processed foods. Eat healthy well balanced meals, with an antioxidant rich diet comprising of fruits and berries. Dry brushing the area helps to improve circulation. This can be followed by coffee based anti cellulite creams. These procedures will help to smooth and tone the area and to banish cellulite.

 

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