All you need to know about cellulite

Dr Shuba Dharmana, a Dermatologist and Medical Director, Lejeune Med Spa, shares information about one of the most feared cosmetic problems - Cellulite

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Image courtesy: Wikipedia

Cellulite is one of the most feared cosmetic problems that women face today, and there is no easy solution to this. Cellulite is seen even in slim women, so it’s a myth that it is only related to fat. There are multiple factors which can cause cellulite, and fat is just one of them.

Cellulite is the orange peel effect with dimpling of the skin that is usually seen on the thighs, buttocks, upper arms mostly. Although, it is mostly gets noticed in the abdominal area and in the back.

Cellulite can have several degrees of severity, and if not addressed early, it can progress in severity.

The reason for this effect of the skin is the accumulation of excessive fat cells underneath the skin separated by fibrous bands called septa. Due to various influences such as genetics, hormones, poor lifestyle, unhealthy food, high salt, high fat, lack of exercise, aging, and thinning skin among others, and it all shows up as dimples and irregular surfaces on the skin.

There are various technologies developed which target cellulite, including lasers, vibration and massage therapies, creams, and others. All these work on either reducing the 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 that is making waves is the ‘Z Wave’ technology by Zimmer. Zimmer is a German brand and the makers of Z wave and Z lipo cryolipolysis.

The Z wave uses high-energy radial shock waves that target connective tissue and improves circulation, and formation of collagen. The shock waves destroy the gas bubbles present within the fatty layer, and when these gas bubbles reopen, they trigger collagen production.

The procedure is comfortable without the need for any local anesthesia or numbing creams. It takes about 5-15 minutes, depending on the areas which it targets. Sometimes, several sessions may be needed to see improvement in the appearance of cellulite.

The Z wave can be taken after Cryolipolysis or fat freezing treatment, which targets stubborn areas of fat, reducing the deposits and contouring the body. The Z wave targets excess fat and through this collagen stimulation, and skin tightening is achieved. Typically, the Z wave is used at the end of cryolipolysis cycle to disrupt and destroy fat cells and also to tighten the area.

Radial shockwave technology is used in medicine for a long time now in orthopaedics, urology, physiotherapy and veterinary medicine. The acoustic waves produced by the shock waves have biologic effects, which are used more and more in medicine.

Along with the treatment, improving one’s lifestyle brings a huge change. 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 in improving circulation and can be followed by coffee-based anti-cellulite creams. It will smoothen and tone the area and banish the cellulite.