Slimming and Cellulite Treatments

Cellulite

Cellulite is the unsightly bumps and dimples occurring mostly on women’s buttocks and thighs. This condition is hormonally determined by fluctuations in feminine estrogen hormones and the effects there-of on the subcutaneous tissues. 

Although mainly restricted to the female population, some men are also starting to fall victim to this condition due to changes in their hormonal make-up. It affects woman of all ages, shapes and populations. 

Why do we get cellulite?

Changes in estrogen levels can cause a disruption in micro circulation, connective tissue fibrosis and enlarged fat cells due to build up of waste products and fluid retention. The incidence is said to have increased due to the presence of synthetic chemicals in food and water supplies. This is thought to have happened due to the mimicking effects these chemicals have to estrogen. 

Other reasons ladies are more affected can be correlated to the difference in subcutaneous connective tissue structure between the sexes, thinner skin and more fat!

“Danger times” for cellulite development! 

When estrogen levels fluctuate ladies are much more vulnerable to the development of cellulite. This includes: Puberty, Pregnancy, Pill/Fertility treatments and the pre as well as post menopausal periods. 

What can you do?

  • Exercise to improve muscle mass and tone.

  • Improve eating habits to limit intake of synthetic chemicals and control weight.

  • Manage/limit stress (The stress hormone cortisol is bad for cellulite).

  • Filter water to limit intake of chemicals.

How can your doctor help you? 

  1. Weight loss will generally improve appearance of cellulite.
  2. Mesotherapy – Micro injections of nutrients and medication in or just below the skin has proven very effective.

  3. Endermology – The mechanical stimulation of skin with rollers and suction has a wide following here and internationally.

  4. Radiofrequency treatments

These are a few of the many treatments that have proven efficacy and are most readily available in South Africa.