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Safe Cellulite Reduction Techniques Abound

Oct 31, 2014 03:48PM ● By Linda Sechrist

Adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis and gynoid lipodystrophy are sophisticated medical labels for an ordinary nonmedical condition known as cellulite. The dimpling on the skin’s surface, which is caused by a herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue beneath, has been derided as the abomination of women’s buttocks and thighs since the 1960s, when the term first appeared in Vogue magazine. Although not harmful, cellulite is far more prevalent in women than in men, which may be because insulin and female hormones such as estrogen and prolactin are believed to play an important role in cellulite development.

Although the causes of cellulite aren’t fully understood, medical science suggests that genetics, diet, lifestyle factors and tight clothing that limits blood flow are factors in its formation. More than ineffective anti-cellulite creams and invasive liposuction procedures, preventive measures such as regular aerobic exercise; strength training; maintaining a healthy weight by eating a high-fiber, low-carbohydrate diet; and reasonable healthy fat intake are recommended. Wearing looser-fitting undergarments is also advised.

Methods for Removing Cellulite

Advanced, non-invasive technologies presently used to sculpt the body—Exilis, Velashape, VacuStep Workout, Formostar InfraRed Body Wrap and Cavi-Lipo—are effective in removing cellulite or significantly reducing its appearance.

Exilis is a non-invasive device that melts fat cells and rejuvenates the production of collagen. Used for cellulite reduction and skin tightening, it harnesses the power of ultrasound vibrations and radio-frequency energy to liquefy cellulite on the abdomen, hips and thighs. It can also be used to treat the face, neck, arms, knees, back and buttocks.

VelaShape is the first and only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved, non-surgical, non-invasive technology that combines powerful energies to reduce the volume and appearance of fat tissue and cellulite. Exilis and VelaShape treatments can be used together for quicker results.

Effective against cellulite and fat, the VacuStep Workout features a low-impact, fat-burning chamber. The elliptical machine delivers impressive results after four weeks because it directly activates blood circulation in the body’s major cellulite zones of hips, buttocks, stomach and thighs.

The Formostar InfraRed Body Wrap for cellulite reduction, slimming and fat loss utilizes six silicone treatment pads placed at targeted areas such as thighs, abdomen, hips and arms.

A cellulite reduction wrap helps eliminate inches of fat from the hips, thigh, waist and other parts of the body. The wrap uses herbal formulations that work externally to internally remove wastes that have become trapped in vulnerable areas. The cleansing of tissue underneath the skin also helps restore elasticity to loose and flabby skin.

Detoxifying body treatments combine natural sea salts, muds and oils to help flush out toxins, reduce the appearance of cellulite and add definition to the soft areas of the body.

Body vibration slimming therapy uses a vibration platform that increases bone density, as well as blood and lymph circulation. It affects weight loss and decreases cellulite.

The ultrasound cavitation wave of Cavi-Lipo is a radio frequency that stimulates and vibrates fat cells at a high rate. Tiny air molecules form bubbles that rupture the fat cell when they force their way out. Released fat is then metabolized through the liver and other natural metabolic processes. The same ultrasound wave that passes through the skin’s surface also stimulates and oxygenates surface cells, causing a firming and tightening of the skin. Cleared by the FDA, Cavi-Lipo improves cellulite and lymphatic drainage.

Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, 6714 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples, 239-514-4707,

Assuage Spa, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Ft. Myers, 239-333-1450,

Contour Body Works Massage Therapy and Day Spa, 26381 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 36, Bonita Springs, 239-221-0921; 16120 San Carlos Blvd., Ste. 5, Ft. Myers, 239-489-3063.

Lipo-Light Naples, 1575 Pine Ridge Rd., Ste. 6, Naples, 239-530-3040,

Trim and Tone Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 20, Naples, 239-596-5522,

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