Mesotherapy and Other Cellulite Treatments
Many procedures exist for treating cellulite, or areas of fat appearing mainly on the hips, thighs and buttocks that have a dimpled appearance. Cellulite is unresponsive to traditional weight-loss and exercise plans, so cellulite treatments are often in high demand. One treatment available for cellulite is Mesotherapy, a minimally-invasive procedure involving a series of injections, consisting of a mix of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and some homeopathic remedies. The mixture is injected into the mesoderm and works to improve blood flow to a targeted area, dissolve the excess fat deposits, and break down connective tissue that gives cellulite its lumpy appearance. Treatment sessions are spaced a week apart and last about 30 minutes, requiring no preparation nor recovery time. The number of sessions needed varies depending on the patient and results desired. Some patients see results after just one treatment. Side effects are usually mild and may include burning and itching for a few minutes, temporary soreness for a few days or temporary bruising for one to two weeks. The treated area should remain free of cellulite if the patient follows a healthy diet and exercise plan, but additional treatments may be necessary annually. Another treatment available is VelaShape, which uses a combination of bi-polar radio frequency, infrared light, negative pressure and tissue manipulation. The combination heats the skin and helps fat cells diffuse oxygen. A vacuum and rollers massage and smooth the skin to deliver energy to the fat cells. The result is an increase in fat metabolism and fat cell shrinkage. Patients should see a reduction in the circumference of the treated site and the skin should be smoother and less dimpled. The treatment requires no surgery and is relatively painless. The number of treatments needed depends on the patient and results wanted, but some patients see results in two treatments. Reduction of fat cells is temporary and monthly follow-up treatments are required to maintain results. A third treatment is to consider is TriActive. Low-energy laser diodes are used to heat deep tissue layers. This increases blood flow and promotes collagen production in the treated area, while suction massage improves lymphatic drainage. Together, the two improve the appearance of deep and surface skin layers. Treatments take 30 to 60 minutes and require 10 to 15 sessions. The procedure is non-invasive and pain-free, so patients need no recovery time. Sometimes discomfort or swelling occurs, but is manageable with analgesics and ice packs. Monthly maintenance sessions are required. Regardless of the cellulite treatment you choose, it is important to consider all of your options before determining the best procedure for your needs. Consult a qualified skin care specialist for more information about Mesotherapy and other cellulite treatments.