It’s very understandable why so many people are anxious to do what they can to rid themselves of cellulite; the lumpy and dimpled appearance of this condition can be undesirable for many women who might go to great lengths to seek out solutions for it.
If you’re one of those women, we have some good news for you, and also some bad news. The good news is that there’s no evidence of cellulite actually being in any way unhealthy or bad for you, given that it is simply one of the body’s natural ways of storing fat.
Now, the bad news: it isn’t exactly possible to get rid of cellulite, in the sense of making it completely disappear. After all, cellulite is not a cosmetic condition, given that its distinctive ‘orange peel’ texture is actually caused by the way in which the body stores subcutaneous fat, otherwise known as the topmost layer of fat.
Cellulite reduction treatments focus on reducing its appearance. What’s more, even these can have mixed results, with not all treatments that are actually marketed as ‘cellulite reduction treatments’ necessarily making a noticeable or long-term difference to cellulite.
Be wary of associations between fat freezing and cellulite
If, like many women, you’ve heard of fat freezing treatments and wondered whether it would help to reduce your cellulite, it is important for us to clarify exactly what this treatment is, and exactly what it isn’t.
Fat freezing is so-called because it works by freezing fat cells until they crystallise and die. Target areas such as the thighs, arms, hips or stomach are covered with a gel pad and then exposed to cold temperatures, typically between -11 and +5°C.
At no point during this treatment is the skin barrier compromised, and nor is anaesthetic required. The procedure only takes about 45 minutes, which means that you could theoretically have it done during your lunch break, before continuing with your normal daily routine. But does it actually work on cellulite?
This is where matters become problematic: in truth, fat freezing was always designed from the outset to be a fat reduction treatment, rather than a means of addressing cellulite. This distinction is important to make, not least as it’s weak muscle fibres under the skin that actually causes cellulite, rather than fat – which helps to explain why cellulite is a problem suffered by some very slim women, too.
The exact results that fat freezing can bring naturally vary from one person to the next. However, previous reports of women who have undergone the procedure for cellulite reduction indicate that its results aren’t great in this regard, with a large number of treatments being needed to noticeably lower cellulite, and the cellulite usually returning in any case.
So, what could help to reduce cellulite?
The good news is that there are treatments out there with a track record of achieving results. Our cellulite reduction treatment has consistently give brilliant results to our patients and is definitely worth looking into if you’re looking to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Would you like to learn more about cellulite reduction or fat freezing? Please book an appointment today by getting in touch with us online or calling 0207 315 4384.