Did you know that almost 90% of women worldwide have cellulite? Yes, that includes all the young actresses you see on billboards and beauty magazines. This is something that everybody type out there has. Yes, even the super skinny bodies. No matter how much cellulite you have or why you have it before we even begin this article we’d like to invite you to “love” the cellulite showing on your body.
Because it’s part of your body, it’s part of you and there is no better way to live than from a place of love. So, even though we’re going to show you how you can get rid of cellulite on your body, we are in no way telling you to do so because you hate your body with it. No, but because you love your body so much, you want it to be in its best possible shape and form. And yes, you can love something and still want to change it.
So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about treating cellulite.
What Is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a skin condition where an area of the skin looks “dimpled” or “bumpy”. From the inside, it’s a bunch of fat cells bulking up under the skin to produce little bulges.
Cellulite is more common than one would think. In fact, nearly all women will have cellulite at a part of their bodies at some point in their lives. However, most might feel insecure when they have it. Which is something we want to change, because your body (no matter what it looks like) deserves to be loved in all of its “imperfections”.
Why Is Cellulite A Problem
It is NOT.
Cellulite is nearly as common as puberty! It’s something that we all go through. The only reason why some women feel bad about having cellulite is the influence of the unrealistic beauty standards portrayed by the media.
Here’s What We Mean
Most of the ads for women’s clothing and beauty products portray women in a flawless kind of way. We’re all familiar with the skinny blonde stereotype. That’s why a lot of film producers choose the main characters according to these standards as well.
This created a certain expectation of what a “woman” should look like and it’s the reason why some women are insecure about their normal and realistic traits.
Cellulite isn’t harmful, nor it is an indication that something is wrong with someone’s body. It is a very normal occurrence. The only concern people have about cellulite is how they look.
How to Reduce Cellulite
There is no absolute way to get rid of cellulite, yet. There are many kinds of treatments that promise improvement only if the person undergoing the treatment is following a very healthy diet and lifestyle.
Here are some ways to do reduce cellulite by staying healthier.
Natural Ways to Reduce Cellulite
- Eat less saturated fats (from animal products and dairy), and consume more Omega 3.
- Avoid sitting for too long. Move more and exercise.
- Add detox water to your diet. (Some doctors say that toxin build-up is related to cellulite.)
While these are generally a great way to live, they won’t make your cellulite disappear on their own. On top of these natural methods, some treatments help reduce cellulite.
Actual Treatments For Cellulite
Even if you want to get rid of your cellulite it doesn’t mean you hate your body or how it looks. You can feel whole and beautiful just as you are, and if you want to change something, it’s because you love yourself and you want to look your best.
Liposuction Cellulite Treatment
Unfortunately, this is the most common solution people used to go to and yet its the one that yields the worst results. Liposuction is invasive -means it involves the insertion of surgical tools in your body- method to remove unwanted fat from the body.
This method is effective when you want to remove a small amount of fat. But, it can make the dimples more obvious and doesn’t really cure cellulite at all. This method is relatively dangerous, and we don’t recommend it. It will also be quite disastrous when removing big chunks of fat from the body as it leaves you with flappy skin that later on needs surgical removal.
Hifu Cellulite Treatment
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (Hifu) is one of the newest methods to reduce cellulite. It is tremendously safer than liposuction because it’s non-invasive. This means that it involves no objects penetrating the skin. Also, this method is completely painless.
How It Works
The treatment is done by focusing Ultrasound on the area with cellulite. The ultrasonic waves reach under your skin to heat up the fat and muscle tissue. This causes your muscles to contract which helps your body produce collagen. This makes the skin appear firmer and younger. As we all know that collagen makes our skin taught, so this method is excellent for reducing the dimples cellulite causes.
The session doesn’t take more than 30 minutes. Usually, people don’t need many treatments. Hifu can show you excellent results in a single session. However, most of the time, cases need 3-4 treatments to get there. People can do a body session once every 45 days, and a neck or face session once every 3 months. The results last for 1-2 years.
This is, by far, the best treatment for cellulite that exists now, it has no side effects, it’s painless, and it promises the most results.
- This method does not help people lose weight.
- This method is not advised for pregnant or lactating women. If you’ve had a child within the year, consult with a doctor first.
- Any treatment will only work when it’s supported by a good diet and a healthy lifestyle.
Carboxy Therapy Cellulite Treatment
This method is also extremely safe and effective. It involves improving the blood circulation in the area with cellulite to improve skin elasticity.
How it Works
The physician injects Carbon Dioxide under the skin with an insulin needle (which is very tiny and not painful). When this happens, the area with cellulite is deprived of Oxygen. This sends a signal to the body to pump in extra oxygen to this area. The extra Oxygen renews your skin cells and your body produces collagen. Which as we mentioned above helps keep your skin tight and without dimples.
How Long Does it Take?
The session lasts between 15-30 minutes, and then you can leave and go back to your normal daily routine. (Except for swimming, but that’s just for 24 hours). It is much less expensive than Hifu treatment. However, it usually takes from 8 to 12 sessions to seal the deal. You start seeing the results after 4-6 sessions.
You can do carboxytherapy as many times as you want. It’s entirely safe for your skin.
- Not recommended for people who have Type 1 diabetes.
- Not recommended for pregnant women.
- Okay for lactating women, but consult a doctor just in case.
- The treatment only works best when it’s supported by a good diet and a healthy lifestyle.
Radio Frequency Cellulite Treatment
This method is very similar to Carboxytherapy. But, instead of injecting Carbon Dioxide under your skin, they use Radio Frequency (RF energy). These waves are hot, but it isn’t more painful than laser hair removal.
How it Works
When RF energy is focused on a part of the body. It goes under the skin and breaks up the tough bands under the skin (which cause cellulite.) While this is happening, the red blood cells rush in to the area to heal it, which makes the skin more firm and healthy-looking. The RF energy also makes your skin thicker, which can prevent the treated area to develop cellulite again in the future!
Before you start the treatment, the physician applies numbing cream, draws a grid on your skin (to contain the RF focus area), and applies a lubricant such as oil or lotion to create an extra layer between the RF energy and your skin.
To achieve results you’ll be happy about, you usually need an average of 8 sessions while you do sessions twice a week. People start seeing results after 4-5 sessions.
Some clinics like WHAM clinics have a new procedure that is very effective when using RF energy.
After the session is over, they apply Celentice. Celentice is a new serum that motivates your body to produce collagen. This way, the session is far more effective, and you can see results as soon as one week after the session.
- Not advised for pregnant women.
- Not advised for lactating women.
- The treatment only works when it’s supported by a good diet and a healthy lifestyle.
Where to Get These Treatments
For any of these treatments (except liposuction which we don’t recommend), WHAM clinics are your local go-to. They use equipment that is all FDA approved, and they have many branches in Cairo and Alexandria.
What’s so special about WHAM clinics is that they promote good mental health and they believe that changing your appearance is better when it comes from a place of self-love. Their message is that you should be yourself and do what makes you happy, even if it’s not what other people expect from you.
WHAM clinics have packages that combine treatment methods together. This makes the treatment less expensive and far more effective in a shorter period of time. They also follow-up with you for weeks to make sure that you’re still enjoying the results and following a healthy lifestyle that compliments your treatments.
You can find more info on their website here.
So, this sums up everything you need to know about cellulite treatments. Cellulite is very common and nearly all women have it. It isn’t a threat to the body and it doesn’t mean anything is wrong with you. It’s a normal feature in the body that should be accepted and loved as should all your other features be.
That being said, there is nothing wrong with wanting cellulite reduced as long as it comes from a positive place and you go somewhere like WHAM clinics that help you appreciate your body and love it even if you want to enhance it.