There are many cellulite treatments that have been introduced over the years, some effective some not quite so.
Things to note about most treatments are that they are expensive and complicated and not always 100% effective.
Most work by temporarily reducing the appearance of cellulite. But there are some that have proved their efficacy and made the top lists for being recommended by experts.
Let’s take a look at some of the leading top cellulite treatments that work and made the 2015 list for being most popular.
Velasmooth – The new laser treatment
This treatment includes a combination of massage therapy and infrared energy along with radio frequency energy.
The heat from all three sources heat up the skin in a 360 degree fashion which breaks up the fat cells faster, it also helps in tightening the bands of collagen and connective tissues.
The extra heat acts like the pinch-and-pull massage and provides a warm sensation which helps to make the skin softer.
The initial session is for a 8 sitting treatment which improves the skin and smoothens out the dimples.
In fact the texture improves so much that without maintenance once can see less dimples even six months later.
It effectively contours the thighs and tightens the skin guaranteeing a better look butt and thighs. The treatment costs around $2,700 for a year.
Endermologie: The super massage
In this technique a vacuum like hand piece is rolled over the back side. The motorized rollers have suction powers that suck up the skin periodically and provide a deep tissue massage. The motion is meant to boost circulation and slowly drain away the fluids and excess fats.
It also swells up the surface and helps to camouflage the dimples. In just a few weeks most people have found their cellulite lessening and the skin becoming smoother.
It works best with exercise because that way the cellulite will not come back fast which it tends to do after a while once the treatment is stopped. But this is one of the least expensive methods and costs around $1,600 for a year.
Triactive: Cool laser
This is done using a hand held device which closely resembles a flashlight. This sends infrared energy below the surface of the skin.
The energy from the heat warms up and loosens the overstretched bands and the collagen within skin, causing them to contract and tighten alternatively.
This in turn activates the fat cells and triggers fat and excess fluid release. It also kicks up the circulation which is very important for preventing further cellulite deposits.
Like in Endermologie it too swells up the skin’s surface and hides the dimples for a time.
One can see results in 8 weeks’ time. The positive side is that it motivates people to work out regularly and aid in the process too. The treatment can cost about $2,400 for a year.
Ionithermie: Spa smooth
Some spas offer this special treatment. In this treatment session the skin of the affected area is coated with a clay mask.
Then the body is wrapped up in the burrito-style. Wires are then attached that would transmit electric currents in small doses which will stimulate the cells to flush out water and excess fats.
The moisturizer from the clay mask will also seep in and make the skin look smoother and softer. This brings instant results but is not a permanent solution.
The cellulite can recur but if combined with diet and exercise it might bring about better results. Each session costs around $125 to $150.
The latest upcoming techniques promise even better results. Some of these are:
Accent RF: Hot laser treatment
This technique uses a special type of radio frequency energy which heats up the skin in deeper layers.
This leads to a better tightening effect and leads to faster drainage of excess fluids from the cells.
One needs to go through eight sittings but the results are not instant and can takeup to six months to show proper results.
The heat further allows the excess fat to drain and shrink and make the skin tighter and smoother.
Ultrashape and Liposonix: Fat melting waves
These are two devices that are combined to use high-energy and focused ultrasound waves on the affected areas and melt the fat through the pockets.
These are particularly beneficial to reduce the circumference of the thighs. Experts say when done in conjunction with laser treatments this technique will bring about much faster results.
Collagenase: Dimple depleting shots
The collagenase which causes wrinkles in the face can actually cure the simple in the thighs and butt.
Collagenase shots or dimple depleting injections can effectively smooth the skin out, thereby reducing the bumps and dimples.
This is one of the longest acting treatments and can last for over six months without maintenance.
According to Dr. O however, the best treatments for cellulite can be multifaceted. A quick look:
This is a technique that helps one to get rid of the small bulges of fat. It helps to tighten up the skin of the areas easily affected by the cellulite formations though it does not directly remove cellulite. It works great for toning up the hips, thighs, abdomen and buttocks.
Typically a local anesthesia or general anesthesia is administered (depending on how much fat is to be removed).
Then the surgeon makes a small cut and inserts a suction device inside. This is used to suck or pump out the excess fat from the area.
There are several types of liposuction that one can opt for. The common ones are called Tumescent liposuction where a solution is injected in the fatty area before the fat removal.
This helps in easier fat removal with less blood loss and pain, and also leads to easier and faster recovery.
The other technique is called Ultrasound-assisted liposuction where ultrasonic energy is used to break down and liquefy the fat which is then easily drained out of the system.
Using massage to help people lose weight is not a new technique. It has been in practice since ancient times.
Awareness of cellulite and the race to find cure for it has led researchers go back to all time tested methods and massage is one of them.
The main benefits of massage are that it improves blood circulation and lymphatic functions.
It makes oxygen entry into the body easier and lets the body breathe and be normal instead of stressing out.
It also works on the tight fat cells and breaks them down thereby dissolving the stored fat and excess fluids in the cells.
This way it eliminates the accumulated toxins in the body faster which is a chief cause for burgeoning cellulite.
It also stretches out and relaxes connective tissues and in the process tone up the skin beautifully.
One can go to spas and salons for anti-cellulite massage treatments or do it at home with special scrubs and oils.
There are also several anti-cellulite lotions as well as hand held devices which help in getting results out of self-massage techniques.
Creams and lotions – Harper’s Bazaar outlines some simpler techniques through special cellulite removal products. A quick look:
Nivea Good-bye Cellulite – This is a slightly sticky gel which works intrinsically and makes the skin taut. It also comes with a fat burning pill (optional).
GalénicElancylMinceur–This uses a combination of caffeine and plant extracts to reduce cellulite lumps.
Orlane S.O.S. Contouring – These sleeves contain caffeinated cream that is meant to boost blood circulation and lead to slimmer, tighter thighs and smoother skin.
Bliss FatGirlSleep – It is night cream that tightens and makes the skin smooth and firm by evening out the ripples.
Shiseido Body Creator Concentrate–This contains collagen-boosting extracts that comes in a peppery gel like form which first tingles and then smoothens the skin leaving it firmer.
One can use these products to get more out of the above lotions and creams.
Elemis Skin Brush – This is made of prickly cactus bristles, which is should be used from feet up to bum before showering. Very effective get rid of dry dead cells and reveal the healthy skin layer beneath them.
BiothermCelluli Roller- it rolls and pinches the affected areas to remove cellulite.
Laser treatments – We know that cellulite is formed when fat deposits in the fibrous bands beneath the skin get out of hand.
The fatty deposits pull down the skin and make them uneven and lumpy. Laser treatments focus on these deposits and send heat in to melt and break them down.
It takes about six months to a year for the full effect of the treatment to shine through.
But this is also one of the longest acting treatments which mean that it lasts for about 2 years without maintenance or treatment. If paired with diet and exercise it can last even longer for some people.
There can be side effect so it is best to consult a doctor and only opt for renowned centers for the treatment. It is also the most expensive method so one should be prepared for the expense.