When it comes to finding out how many women have cellulite, statistics vary. However, even the most conservative estimates state that over 85% of women suffer from cellulite while other studies claim an incredible 98% of women have this unflattering skin condition.
Lack of knowledge relating to what cellulite is and how it can be treated has led to millions of dollars being wasted on ineffective treatments.Quick and easy solutions continue to flood the market while expensive cellulite surgery is also popular. Below, we take a quick look at 5 of the procedures that are said to aid in the fight against cellulite.
This is also known as Laser Lipolysis and is believed to reduce localized fat deposits. One may assume that successful eradication of these deposits would reduce cellulite. In actual fact, traditional lipo may make things worse as it can damage connective tissue while creating skin depressions. Smart Lipo on the other hand is supposed to tighten the skin and reduce cellulite’s appearance. While this may sound promising, the complete lack of evidence in this treatment’s favor means you should steer clear for now. Expect to pay up to $4,000 for Smart Lipo.
Acoustic Wave Therapy
This is a non-invasive procedure that involves using pressure waves to target those fibrous bands of connective tissue that are deemed responsible for the existence of cellulite. As we age, our connective tissue starts to contract and stiffen thus creating the dimpled appearance associated with cellulite.
Proponents of this form of cellulite treatment say that the acoustic waves increase circulation, tissue elasticity and collagen production. Although the therapy does not remove fat, it aims to reduce the appearance of cellulite. This is an expensive treatment as it costs up to $300 a session and could take more than 10 sessions to take effect.
This is also known as Rejuveskin and involves the use of a cutting tool to remove the offending connective tissue. Although it has produced satisfactory results in some cases, it is an extremely invasive procedure that may cause scarring and involve considerable recovery time.
A patient’s own fat is harvested through liposuction and injected into areas affected by cellulite. Although this could lead to positive results, fat cells die and get absorbed by the body which means the effect is only temporary. If you go down this route, be sure to only deal with a surgeon that has vast experience in the field.
Lower Body Lift
This is often called a belt lipectomy and involves the removal of excess skin. The remaining skin is lifted into a new position in order to tighten it and improve a person’s overall appearance. Although this does not remove cellulite, it does greatly reduce its effects. Unfortunately, it is very expensive with some surgeons charging up to $20,000, it can take weeks to recover from and there is the possibility of scarring.
If you are seriously considering surgery to remove or reduce the appearance of your cellulite, please make sure that you are aware of the risks and also have full details of the total cost. In many cases, it is best for the individual to go down an alternative route and perhaps try anti-cellulite creams first.