Brand new: Acoustic waves against cellulite

Cellulite is something no one wants. But if you scour the studies on the subject, you’ll learn that 80 to 90 percent of all women over the age of 20 have signs of cellulite. Fortunately, there are pro methods to help tighten connective tissue. Knowledge makes crisp – here pro treatments.

Spring is just around the corner and cellulite is on the rise! It’s little consolation that even super attractive women like Jennifer Lopez or Halle Berry are affected. “Getting a handle on the dimples is extremely difficult,” explains dermatologist Dr. Tatjana Pavicic at this year’s ISDS (International Society for Dermatologic Surgery) expert meeting. The reason is a female-specific type of fat storage. What tends to accumulate on the abdomen in men is stored as a reserve on the buttocks and thighs in women due to female sex hormones. If the connective tissue is weak, the enlarged fat cells press into the skin and become visible on the outside as so-called orange peel skin. What to do?

Miracle cure for cellulite wanted

Unfortunately, there is no miracle cure for cellulite yet. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that there is hardly any independent research on the subject, cellulite does not actually exist in the medical literature. On the other hand, the skin condition is very complex. Skin thickness, water retention, hormones, blood circulation and the individual connective tissue all play a role. Nevertheless, women invest about three billion dollars a year worldwide in anti-cellulite products – usually with moderate success. However, there are professional methods that can help.

Intense massage effect

Cellulite is divided into different stages. A new study by Ankara University shows: Massage helps with mild to moderate cellulite by increasing circulation and boosting lymph flow. The massage effect is intensified by various high-tech methods such as lipomassage, Velashape, or LPG (the treatments are usually named after the equipment used). The principle: fat cells are supposed to shrink as a result of the treatments. Whether via deep heat (Velashape) or suction-walk movements (LPG or Lipomassage), compression and decompression are always created in the affected tissue, which is supposed to make the fat cells’ membranes permeable so they can deflate. The stimulating skin movements also continued deep into the connective tissue. “This stimulates lymph, perfuses the tissues and stimulates metabolism. The treatments also increase the amount of oxygen in the body, which accelerates fat loss. Cellulite is reduced and the skin is tightened,” explains dermatologist Dr. Alexandra Ogilvy. The applications are painless and risk-free, but do not always have a lasting effect, as the fat cells are only emptied and can fill up again. As a rule, ten treatments are recommended. Per treatment from about 80 euros.

With acoustics against cellulite

For all degrees of cellulite severity, there is now a new, also non-invasive treatment method: the patented Swiss CellVibe procedure. “The procedure has been known for decades; among other things, it is used to destroy kidney stones,” explains dermatologist Dr. Hans-Peter Schoppelrey. And this is how it works: acoustic waves are passed through the affected tissue as a pressure pulse in rapid succession, the frequency of oscillation depending on the severity of the cellulite. The result: metabolic processes and blood flow in the tissue are increased, fat reduction is accelerated and the tissue is tightened. About eight sessions of 30 minutes each are recommended. During this time, up to seven different areas can be treated. Cost per treatment about 100 euros.

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