Summer. Everyone looks forward to this season as it is the perfect time to hit the beach. Imagine sinking your toes into the soft, white sand or splashing onto the waves and feeling the cool water soothe your warm, sun-toasted skin. A lot of women take extra preparations whenever summer nears. If you are one with this group, surely you want to be certain that your body is fit and ready to rock the perfect pair of bikini.
But wait – you suddenly notice a peculiar happening on your thigh’s skin. Tiny dimples that look like the peel of orange are spread over a portion of your thigh. How can you rock that bikini when there’s a hideous skin deformity happening on your skin?
Cellulite – what is it and why do I have it?
Cellulite is an uneven, lumpy, or dimpling skin condition that appears on certain areas of the body. People who develop cellulite have excess fats in the area of the body where it occurs. The deformity on the surface of the skin happens when the skin that covers the area where the fats are located gets pulled down by connective tissue bands. This skin condition is more common to women than men.
What parts of the body does cellulite affect?
Cellulite can affect specific areas of the body including the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, hips, and thighs.
What are the factors that cause cellulite?
Experts from Cambridge Therapeutics in Singapore reveal the main cause of cellulite is the fat deposits that pile up beneath the skin. Other factors that contribute to the development of cellulite are:
- Body fat percentage
- Sedentary lifestyle
- The thickness of the skin
- Weight gain
How can I distinguish the severity of my cellulite?
Cellulite is divided into four grades starting with grade zero:
- Grade 0 – lumps or dimples in the skin is not obvious, even when pressure is applied onto the skin by pinching.
- Grade 1 – lumps or dimples are obvious when the skin is pinched.
- Grade 2 – lumps or dimples are obvious when a person stands but is not seen when in the prone position.
- Grade 3 – lumps or dimples are obvious when standing or lying down.
What are the types of cellulite?
Cellulite can be classified into two types: hard or soft. Hard cellulite develops closer to the muscles. They are more rigorous in composition and can be sensitive when touched. Soft cellulite, on the other hand, is loose as it is not connected to the muscle. Compared to hard cellulite, soft ones are easier to distinguish by just looking at them alone.
What cellulite treatments are available in Singapore?
If you searched the Internet for cellulite treatment in Singapore, there is no doubt that there are several cosmetic options that claim to be effective for cellulite. Below are the ones that have been found by research to offer a positive effect in addressing dimpling:
Acoustic Wave Therapy
Studies revealed that repetitive treatments of acoustic wave therapy can reduce cellulite.
Cellfina™ is a non-surgical, but minimally invasive treatment. It is classified as a subcision procedure and uses a needle to break the tight bands underneath the skin that cause cellulite. A clinical study done on patients that underwent Cellfina™ to treat their cellulite showed an increase in satisfaction rate pertaining to results, beginning at 85% during the first three months of their treatment and reaching 100% rate three years following their procedure. Results of this procedure can be seen three days after the treatment. Over time, the appearance of the skin will further improve. Patients only need to undergo one session of Cellfina™ to enjoy results that would last for approximately three years. Cellfina™ is a safe procedure and is FDA-approved.
Cellulaze™ is a minimally invasive procedure that makes use of laser fibre. The procedure works by inserting the small laser fibre underneath the skin and blasting laser energy through the tight bands of tissues that pull the top layer of the skin downward causing the formation of cellulite. As a result, cellulite is destroyed and the skin also benefits from the treatment by becoming thicker. Because this procedure involves the insertion of a fibre material beneath the skin, local anaesthesia will be administered to the treatment areas to ease discomfort during the procedure. Researches that have been conducted on the effectiveness of Cellulaze™ have found that the results of such treatment can last for 12 months or more.
Topical creams and lotions
Studies conducted on several topical creams and lotions found out that some are actually able to bring improvements to cellulite. The common ingredient found ineffective creams is caffeine. Caffeine’s effect is to dehydrate the skin, which results in the less noticeable appearance of the cellulite. Another ingredient, retinol, was also found to have an effect on cellulite. These, however, do not remove cellulite permanently. The creams and lotions will need to be applied on a daily basis to maintain their effectiveness. It is always best to consult with your dermatologist first before applying any kind of topical creams or lotions as they may have an adverse effect on your health.
When looking for the best way to treat your cellulite, it is always important to seek professional help. Be sure to choose a doctor that is an expert in treating cellulite. Likewise, when opting to go for procedures that require machines, always check the authenticity of the equipment used by the clinic.