Losing Cellulite Without Losing Money or Your Mind
Cellulite is Public Enemy Number One. Don’t take it lying down-nuke it with your doctor’s new technology.
A few fast-moving decades after your first bra and first period, an evil lumpiness invades your thighs, and buttocks. That bikini figure that you worked so hard to accomplish is marred. No exercise, creams, diet changes or prayers return the smooth supple skin of youth. Not even a drastic move like liposuction will solve the problem-you will be a skinnier girl with super-cellulite.
Yes, certainly you have had a few other things on your mind; there are final exams in college, grad school, the hit and mostly miss of the dating scene, maybe a wedding or two, and there you have it: cottage cheese–some of it large curd.
How do I hide this before the almost Mr. Right invites you to the Hamptons? Men do get cellulite too, although not as often as women–the difference is that men do not care. Anyway, the new Almost Crown Prince owns this house in the Hamptons, and you my dear glamorous peasant were originally from the north side of Pittsburgh.
Here is the anatomical layout of cellulite. It is merely pesky fat cells pushing out of the connective tissue. What used to be your peerless thighs and butt now look like cottage cheese. It’s as if the aliens have taken over your body .just as you were celebrating your newest climb up the corporate ladder.
Munching on popcorn with your girlfriends on a dateless Saturday night, you may come across commercials for creams that promise both the world and to banish this pest forever. Do not believe this folly! Also, although you are in love with your masseuse, he/she can’t do a blasted thing either.
Some women try liposuction, one of my favorite things to do on a day off. However, that makes cellulite look far worse; you will be a skinny girl with lumpy skin. Why do bathing suit models look so good? They are airbrushed, darling–even they are not immune to cellulite.
Cosmetic surgeons have come up with an answer, but it is not cheap. The new girl in town is Cellulaze, which uses lazers to break the globs of goop up. It happens to be quite expensive, about $6000 in the upper 48 which is why many professionals use Cellfina instead. Cellfina is a promising treatment. The machine actually breaks those fibrous bands of connective tissue and voilá off with the evil one’s head. It lasts for two years. It is a one and done deal, whereas you may need more treatments with Cellulaze.
The forerunner to both machines was Velashape or Velasmooth. This incorporated heat in a hand held device to smooth out the cellulite. It takes at least four treatments to see a difference, and you have to keep going back.
One reason that the treatments are not cheap is that your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon has to cough up about $30,000 for one of these wonderful gadgets. The only way that he or she can get the money back is, you guessed it- using the darn thing on patients. Actually, the same economic equation works with all medical devices, including MRI machines.
Some practitioners use a combo of massage and suction cups. Again, the results are slow to show and are not long lasting. It will be the technician in your doctor’s office and not the doctor doing the work.
If I were to choose the best option for cellulite, it would definitely be Cellfina. It is invasive, but only slightly more than liposuction, which can be done in a surgery center. If you live in an area that has Bodytite, you can do that wide-awake. Perhaps a good combo would be Cellfina for cellulite and Bodytite for lipo. Best to separate them since Cellfina may cause some bruising. Even better is ultrasound assisted liposuction. That, my girlfriends, is a winning combo. Adding ultrasound waves to regular lipo is another one and done treatment for cellulite. Unlike Bodytite, you will have to undergo anesthesia for the treatment–as you do with traditional tumescent liposuction. If your cellulite is really an eyesore, this one and done for cellulite may be for you.