Through the use of radio-frequency energy, infrared heat and light, your dermatologist or plastic surgeon can reduce the appearance of unwanted cellulite. These treatments work in two primary ways:
- They penetrate deep within the skin to break up fat
- They stimulate collagen and elastin production to tighten up the skin.
A combination of laser, vacuum, massage and/or radio frequency devices can help reduce cellulite. Some brand names this type of cellulite treatment goes by are:
Anti-cellulite treatments have been around for a while and the newest one is Bella Contour. “It’s a really exciting treatment that’s just coming to the States,” says New York City, New Jersey and Boca Raton, FL, dermatologist David Goldberg, MD. “Unlike other body contouring treatments, this one changes the salt content of the fat cells so that the fat is leached out,” Dr. David Goldberg says.
Using a triple-threat of ultrasound, vacuum and electrical currents, the painless and downtime-free treatment (prepare to dedicate two hours to the initial treatment and one hour for each one thereafter) targets cellulite and stubborn fatty areas on the stomach, thighs, lower butt, knees and flanks, by revving up your metabolism so fat is burned more efficiently.
“Because there’s an immediate reduction in volume—about one to two inches after the first session—Bella Contour should not be used on areas like the breast and upper buttocks because it will cause a flattening effect—the exact opposite of what most women want,” adds Dr. David Goldberg.
Anti-cellulite treatments are said not to be painful—they purportedly feel like a deep-tissue massage but with more heat. Ideal areas for treatment are the thighs and buttocks. Each machine (depending on what brand your doctor offers) is a bit different and the number of treatments varies. Most people require four to 10 sessions but sometimes more. There is no downtime with these types of treatments.