What is Cellulite? Definition Causes and Treatments
Extensive scientific evidence concludes that almost every single adult woman suffers from cellulite. So, if it bothers you, you’re probably not alone. Scientists have worked for years to try and find effective and long-lasting treatments for cellulite, and the news has never been too positive.
There are so many methods and products that claim to treat or reduce the appearance of cellulite - from anti-cellulite underpants and leggings, to creams, brushes, oils, and massagers. And of course, surgeons.
And with some studies suggesting that over 80% of sufferers see the condition as a quality-of-life issue, the demand for an effective treatment is stronger than ever.
Fast Facts About Cellulite
Studies conclude that up to 90 percent of women will probably experience cellulite.
- Cellulite is also known as orange-peel skin, due to its texture.
- Numerous treatments available, but the effect is mostly temporary.
- A diet low in fat, smoking cessation, and an active lifestyle may help reduce the appearance.
So, What Exactly Is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the common term for the formation of lumps and dimples in the skin.
Unusually for such a common condition, it isn’t really well known. Research into cellulite has been weak up until the early 2000s, and while there are now hundreds of studies being carried out into the condition, they often conclude opposing findings, leading to a great debate in the scientific community.
However, most clinical studies agree that the causes of cellulite are many and that it’s really difficult to know how much those different factors contribute to the condition.
What’s more, new contributing factors are being found every day. Some studies are now finding that the environment can also make cellulite worse, with evidence showing that women living in big cities tend to experience worse symptoms.
Now science just needs to work out why.
What Causes Cellulite on The Skin?
Two main changes to the skin cause the orange peel effect most women find so distressing.
As you go about your day-to-day, the skin moves and breathes, and so do these connective tissues. Over time, as your body naturally produces less and less collagen and elastin, these connective tissues shrink and start to pull the ‘ceiling’ down with them.The first of these comes from the connective tissue between the skin and fat compressing. Made of elastin and collagen, these connective tissues work a bit like columns, holding up the ‘ceiling’ that is your skin.
The second major cause of this orange peel effect is when the inflammation of fat cells pushes through the skin.
This makes the orange peel appearance even more visible, as some of the skin is now being pushed out, while other bits are being pulled in.
How Can We Treat Cellulite?
The two factors above contribute to most of the aesthetic concern that comes with cellulite.
If a solution could both fight the fat that pushes skin out, and renew the fibrous bands that pull skin in, then cellulite could be very effectively managed.
What Are the Treatment Options?
There are so many different options out there for cellulite treatment - from creams that claim to attack fibrous bands, to hot pants that encourage sweating. Within the aesthetic market, there are similar offerings.
Radiofrequency heats the skin and breaks fibrous tissue, while ultrasound breaks up the fat cells. Combining these treatments provides clinics with a good solution to cellulite reduction, but the industry still searches for a purpose-built, dedicated treatment solution. Then there are the surgical options, that come with risks, downtime, pain, and of course, that hefty price tag.
There is, however, a new solution. From the inventors of the SmartLipo that changed the laser body contouring industry, comes ONDA. 25 years of expertise and research has resulted in a targeted Coolwave™ system that delivers energy like no other system can.
ONDA emits energy directly into the fat layer, without heating the skin. This allows us to heat fat like never before. For the first time, users are able to reach temperatures that can liquefy fat and destroy fat cells without damaging the skin and surrounding tissue, meaning it’s completely safe and controlled.
By killing fat cells, we achieve fat reduction without any of the pain or high risk of fat freezing. And when the heat slowly starts leaving the fat cells, it heats the skin - resulting in ‘built-in’ skin tightening. By combining this technology with ONDAs dedicatedthese Coolwaves™ also heat and melt hardened connective septa, allowing the skin to inject new elastin into them. By killing fat, ONDA effectively removes the ‘push’ element of cellulite. By loosening connective septa, it removes the ‘pull’.
The result is a system that treats cellulite faster and more effectively than any other non-surgical option on the market. And with the additionally in-demand revenue streams of targeted fat reduction and skin tightening, ONDA isn’t just shaking up the market, it’s giving it a whole new level of body confidence.
Dr Khan, Co-Founder of the Harley Street Skin Clinic has been impressed with the ONDA. Dr Khan qualified in 2006 and has been dealing with skin conditions and aesthetic treatments ever since. He had an interest in this industry for a long time, so decided to start a clinic. The clinic has a wealth of experience, seeing between 3000-4000 patients a year and The Harley Street Skin Clinic has been around for since 2006. Dr Khan has seen a great increase in the requests for non-surgical body sculpting over the past few years.
“We first heard about the ONDA at a medical conference. Since starting to use the ONDA, . That means we have carried out about 1000 treatments which has meant there is a lot of data to look at. Patients are happy with the outcomes. We have a lot of celebrity patients due to them not wanting long-periods of downtime with busy schedules. They are very happy with the treatment”.
“I like all three of the functions that the ONDA tends to offer, I like the fact that it is an effective cellulite reduction technology and there is no other technology that does the same non-surgically. We offer treatment to men and women and are seeing good results with both. Clearly women have cellulite more prevalently than men, however, with the ageing process of men there is estrogenization and we are seeing skin similar to cellulite. Men are benefiting from this treatment as well. Patient safety is a priority, and what we find with the ONDA is that we can be rest assured that it is one of the safest treatments we can offer our patients, especially when it is related to tissue damage, to burns and to adverse outcomes”.
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