Best Treatments for Cellulite

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Cellulite is the pocket of fat trapped underneath the skin that appears lumpy, uneven and dimply on the thighs, buttock and abdomen of women. The fat stored in areas of the body susceptible to cellulite serves an essential purpose, insulating, regulating body temperature and providing structural support to the skin. Cellulite develops as women age, and after pregnancy and lactation. The American Skincare & Cellulite Expert Association says that cellulite is not an obesity-related condition because women of all sizes have cellulite. The best treatments for cellulite include topical treatments, home remedies and dermatological intervention.

Exercise Regularly

  • Exercise reduces deep layers of fat and reduces the appearance of cellulite by energizing the body's lymphatic system. The lymphatic system drains fluids from cells, including fat cells. Wayne Westcott, fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts, created an exercise program designed to fight cellulite. The program consists of 20 minutes of strength training at least three times a week. Participants do five upper body exercises and five lower body exercises. The second feature of this workout includes 20 minutes of cardio, walking on the treadmill or jogging, and keeping maximum heart rate at 70 or 80 percent. Do cardio three or more times a week. In an eight-week study of Westcott's program combined with a healthy diet, participants lost approximately 1 lb. a week and 10 lbs. in two months.

Use Topical Creams and Lotions

  • Topical creams and lotions are the best at-home treatments for cellulite. These creams stimulate cell circulation, and push fluids and toxins out of the body. Cellulite Talk website says effective creams draws fluids between cells and burn fat below the skin surface. Many of these creams produce a tingling, warm sensation when applied to the skin. Some contain extra moisturizers and sun block to add extra protection to the skin's surface. Women see results a few weeks after using topical creams and lotions. These products can be found at drugstores, online or direct-sell companies like Avon.

Get Cosmetic Procedures

  • Two common cosmetic procedures to treat cellulite are Endermologie and Mesotherapy. CosmeticSurgery.com describes these treatments. Endermologie machines, a minimally invasive procedure, use rollers and vacuums to massage areas affected by cellulite. The vacuum lifts skin, mobilizing deep tissue, while rollers give connective tissue and fat and deep massage. The procedure loosens trapped fat, improving blood circulation. Women need weekly 30-minute sessions for several weeks to see results.

    Mesotherapy consists of small injections of medication, amino acids and vitamins in the middle layer of the skin underneath tissue and fat. These injections break down cellulite and increases blood circulation. These treatments are available at dermatology or cosmetic surgeons' offices. Spas provide Endermologie treatments. Before scheduling appointments, make sure the person performing the procedure is certified.

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