The Myth of Cellulite Treatments

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Have you ever inquired about the cost and the length of a cellulite treatment? Have you ever considered or tried laser, cavitation, infrared, microcurrent, liposuction, body wraps, VelaShape, Endermologie, injections, creams, lotions, serums, etc, etc, etc, to treat your cellulite to no avail? Have you already spent hundreds or thousands of dollars and there is nothing to show for?  Yeah, me too! I too have been the “victim of deception.”  Since I like to keep abreast of the new technology, I do try these services to see if they are worth offering at Bella Dermis Skin Care LLC.  I recently received 11 cavitation treatments.  I also asked how long before I start noticing the difference.  I was told, by the very confident technician, that I would see results by the 6th treatment.  Not the 5th or the 7th but the 6th treatment.  There were no (visual) changes.  But you may wonder why do I offer Derriere CareTM in my skincare clinic when I know there is no cure for cellulite?  Just stay with me for a little longer.

First of all, what exactly is cellulite?  Cellulite is present in 80-90% of women – mostly in industrialized countries (due to more sedentary lifestyles).  It is rarely seen in men, but not completely non-existent.  About 10% of men have cellulite; they tend to have more estrogen in their system.  Changes in metabolism, yo-yo dieting, alteration of the connective tissue, hormonal and genetic factors, circulatory problems and inflammation, among others, are the main causes of cellulite.  Women who have a more sedentary lifestyle tend to have more cellulite because of the circulation/inflammation condition, although active and fit women can also display cellulite because it has a genetic and hormonal component. We cannot escape it!

How is it formed?  The mechanical process of cellulite is related to fat, but is not fat per se.  Most people think that fat causes cellulite, plain and simple.  Others will say that cellulite is trapped toxins and excess water underneath the skin.  The fact is cellulite is a condition that affects the appearance of the skin in areas with underlying fat deposits (most noticeably on the buttocks and thighs), giving the skin a dimpled, lumpy appearance. In other words, fat cells are affected by cellulite and not the other way around!

When we are young, our connective tissue is supple and elastic, stretching and giving with the skin so that everything remains smooth. Then puberty hits, and hormones wreak havoc on the connective tissue, making it stiffer and less elastic. At the same time, there is fat relocalization (which gives us ladies our lovely shape) and fat cells tend to expand in certain areas pushing out on the skin.  As the bands of connective tissue contract and stiffen with age, they pull down on the skin even more. At the same time, increasing fat stores push outward in the surrounding areas. Put these two occurrences together, and the result is the infamous orange peel skin.  As we get older, the outer layer of skin weakens, thins, and loses elasticity. Gravity takes its toll, and the skin begins to sag.  Since the connective septae remain intact and often contracts and stiffens further as time goes on, the appearance of cellulite continues to worsen with age.

Another strong factor in the development of cellulite is yo-yo dieting. Repeated cycles of weight gain and weight loss further compromise skin elasticity, making cellulite more pronounced.

Why women and not men? It’s NOT fair!  There are a few theories:

1) Men have a thicker epidermis – the very top layer of the skin.  A thicker epidermis makes male skin more resilient to structural change and dimpling, which protects it from cellulite.  On the other hand, women have a thinner epidermis and three layers of fat in the areas that cellulite is more visible (knees, thighs, buttocks, stomach and tricep areas) which exposes it to lumpiness.

2) Male and female skin is fundamentally different. Female fat cells sit within large, side-by-side, separate compartments that form columns underneath the skin’s surface.  When female fat cells get bigger, the compartments overflow and have no choice but to expand vertically. At this point the fat pushes upwards, puts massive pressure on the skin’s surface, and eventually creates the bumps known as cellulite.  On the other hand, male skin follows a crisscrossed pattern. Male fat containers are smaller, and when they grow they tend to create one, big, solid blob of fat (if it even penetrates the thick epidermis). Although beer bellies are common, most guys won’t have cellulite.

3) Tight underwear and clothes constricts blood flow around the butt and thighs, which speeds up cellulite development.

So, why so many treatments in the market? Which one works? What can I do to get rid of my unwanted dimples?  Can your Derriere CareTM treatment help me? I know, I know! So many questions!

The truth is NOTHING will get rid of your cellulite. NOTHING.  Liposuction will not even improve the appearance of the skin because it gets rid of fat cells, not the already-damaged connective tissue.  Prohibitively expensive treatments like cavitation, VelaShape and Endermology – which are in the thousands of dollars – are not any better than more sensibly-priced aesthetic treatments.  They all HELP improve the appearance of cellulite, but in order to maintain the results, you need to continue receiving treatments for the rest of your life!

So, when people ask me “how many treatments before I start noticing a difference?”, I cannot give them a straight answer.  Every body is different.  As we already explored, the causes of cellulite are many and I don’t necessarily know a person’s particular cause.

When I developed (and trademarked) my Derriere CareTM service, I did so with another goal in mind: the improvement of the top layer of the epidermis, and as a side effect, the improvement of the connective tissue.  Derriere CareTM treats breakouts, blemishes, pigmentation, scarring, roughness, calluses or any epidermal imperfection.  I guess you can call it a “facial for the butt.”  In addition, I perform a lymphatic drainage massage with ampoules that help move things around underneath the skin.  This helps with the appearance of cellulite.  A cryogenic algae mask helps tighten the skin giving it a firmer feel and look.  Regular weekly sessions will DEFINITELY help REDUCE the appearance of cellulite.  How long will it take before you notice? No one can say.

How long does the effect last?  As with ANY anti-cellulite treatment – regardless of what procedure is being used – the effects can last from a day to a week to months.  The more often you receive the treatment, the longer the results will last.  But you have to remember, the treatment must be ongoing if you want longer-lasting results.  Perseverance, patience, commitment, loyalty to the treatment, regular dieting (no yo-yo dieting), exercising, and a strong desire to improve the quality of your skin are all needed to improve your cellulite condition.

Why are cellulite treatments expensive if they don’t work? They can be expensive and they do work – you just don’t get to see any improvement in a short period of time.  Remember that it took years for the cellulite to show.  There is really no technology that can rid you of cellulite in only 12 treatments.  With this said, however, new technology is expensive with some machines costing over $30,000.00!!  High quality professional product lines are also very expensive.  Therefore, treatments are priced according to the cost of products and equipment.  The purpose of the machines is to provide a massage, with or without heat, and move things around easier than with the hands.   High quality products are better than their cheaper counterparts because their ingredients are from higher quality sources (the way an ingredient is processed can be more sophisticated than others, respecting the integrity of the ingredient, for example).  From my own personal experience both receiving and providing these types of services, I have seen structural changes in the skin from manual lymphatic drainage technique utilizing products which contain lipolysis-causing ingredients.

So what product is best for me?  I know! It’s like trying to pick the best cookie from a plate…

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First you need to know how these creams work: by pulling fluids out of the spaces between cells and inducing lipolysis (fat-burning right under the epidermis).  They should also contain ingredients that boost circulation such as algae and caffeine, which, depending on how the massage is applied, can help eliminate toxins that become constricted in the connective tissue.  Here is a short list of anti-cellulite products that truly help, at various price ranges.  You can special order this product through Bella Dermis Skin Care.  Prices may change by manufacturer without prior notice.

– Circadia’s anti-cellulite cream has been rated the TOP product of the year two years in a row.  $36 – 8oz; $70 – 16oz

– Anesi – a professional line used at our center – has been known for decades to be a signature product line in skincare clinics for their body treatments.  Aminofirm (firming) $60 – 17oz; Lipoaminocel (anti-cellulite) $60 – 17oz

– Pharmagel Slender Shaper is also a great product to use but on the medium price range.  $40 – 8.5oz

– My favorite DIY at-home treatment is a coffee scrub.  Take your morning coffee grounds, mix them with olive oil, add essential oil of peppermint and scrub away in the shower.

BEWARE that purchasing high quality reputable products through unauthorized dealers on Amazon and others alike at a much cheaper price will NOT guarantee that you will be getting the actual product.  I have purchased reputable skincare products online and I can tell you with certainty that they are NOT the same product.  I have received products through Amazon that have been shipped from China (delivered by international DHL) because one can’t really tell where the vendor is from and the product is manufactured either in Europe or right here in the USA, so there is no reason for the product to be shipped from China.  Buy from your local authorized dealer only and help our local economy.

I am with you on this one! So why don’t you schedule your appointment for Derriere CareTM today? Receive 5% off this treatment when you schedule online.  Or receive 10%, 15% or 25% when you purchase a series of 6, 8 or 10 respectively.  Restrictions apply. Read our Terms and Conditions on our website sign

One Comment

  1. Someone asked me about certain machines aimed at diminishing cellulite that are FDA approved. If they are FDA approved, how come they don’t work as fast or as well as they claim they do?

    Isn’t that an awesome question? Well, FDA approved means that it does what it’s meant to do. It really has no impact on length of time to see results, side effects, long-term effects, etc. The FDA depends on the manufacturer’s research to approve or disapprove anything. For example, a medication intended to make you lose weight will be tested by the pharmaceutical company who will in turn submit the results to the FDA. The FDA analyzes the results and based on the study findings (yes, 30 out of 50 people lost weight). The medication will then be approved for weight loss. They do not take into account heart attacks, depression, etc if the study does not provide this information. Once the medication is out on the market and used by many more people, and there is a “large” amount of serious cases of heart attack, for example, then the FDA can recall the medication. Click here for an example of a diet drug that has been approved but they are required to do POST-MARKETING studies related to heart attack.

    POST Marketing??? My point!

    So when it comes to machines such as VelaShape, yes, they are approved to contour the body because they were able to demonstrate how the machine works – by massaging the skin at a deeper level, moving / melting fat cells with infrared or heat, etc. And the machine can do this at the most minimal level. Since it is non-invasive, it’s easier to approve than a drug. Also, keep in mind that he FDA has never stated that the product guarantees results in x number of sessions, that the results will be permanent or that everyone will have the same results. It is simply impossible to measure!



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