Cellulite Reduction

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Cellulite Reduction

As we get older, our bodies start to produce less collagen and store more fat. This is what eventually leads to wrinkles, sagging, cellulite and other signs of ageing. Venus VersaTM body shaping treatments use radio frequency technology to naturally boost collagen production and break down fat cells, which diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, tightens sagging skin, reduces the appearance of cellulite, and makes the body look slimmer, sculpted, and more toned. Radio frequency is proven safe and effective for all skin tones.Treatments are so comfortable that they’ve often been compared to a relaxing hot stone massage.

Most patients receive 6-8 treatments per area, with each session lasting around 30 minutes. Treatments are usually done once a week and require no downtime, so you can return to your daily activities immediately afterwards.

Octipolar treats the following:

●  Cellulite

●  Loose skin on the upper arms

●  Waist line reduction

●  Abdominal tightening

●  Thigh circumference

●  Contouring and lifting of the Buttocks

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is also known as orange-peel skin due to its appearance and affects 80 to 90 percent of women.
Cellulite is a term for the formation of lumps and dimples in the skin. Common names for cellulite are orange-peel skin, cottage-cheese skin, hail damage, and the mattress phenomenon. Cellulite can affect both men and women, but it is more common in females, due to the different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue. Between 80 and 90 percent of women may experience cellulite at some point in their lives.

 

Grades Of Cellulite
A cellulite severity scale, published in 2009, ranks the condition using three grades:

  • Grade 1, or mild: There is an “orange-peel” appearance, with between 1 and 4 superficial depressions, and a slightly “draped” or sagging appearance to the skin.
  • Grade 2, or moderate: There are between five and nine medium-depth depressions, a “cottage cheese” appearance, and the skin appears moderately draped.
  • Grade 3, or severe: There is a “mattress” appearance, with 10 or more deep depressions, and the skin is severely draped.

Causes

The exact cause of cellulite is unknown, but it appears to result from an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin, and the layer of fat that is just below it.

  • In women, the fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically.
  • If the fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, this gives the appearance of cellulite.
  • In men, the tissue has a criss-cross structure, which may explain why they are less likely to have cellulite than women.
  • Some other factors appear to be linked to the chance of having cellulite.

 

Hormonal factors and age
Hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Estrogen, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process.

  • One theory is that as estrogen in women decreases in the approach to menopause, blood flow to the connective tissue under the skin also decreases.
  • Lower circulation means less oxygen in the area, resulting in lower collagen production. Fat cells also enlarge as estrogen levels fall.
  • These factors combine to makes the fat deposits more visible. As the fat under the skin protrudes through weakening connective tissue, the familiar dimpling effect results.
  • Age also causes the skin to becomes less elastic, thinner, and more likely to sag. This increases the chance of cellulite developing.


Genetic factors
Certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genetic factors can be linked to a person’s speed of metabolism, distribution of fat under the skin, ethnicity, and circulatory levels. These can affect the chance of cellulite developing.

Dietary and Lifestyle Factors

  • Wearing underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks can limit blood flow, and this may contribute to the formation of cellulite.Cellulite is not caused by “toxins,” although a healthy lifestyle may help reduce the risk.
  • Exercise and diet may help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • People who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, and salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.
  • It may also be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.

Cellulite is more prevalent in people who have excess fat, but slim and fit people can have it too. It is more likely to happen after the age of 25 years, but it can affect younger people as well, including teenagers.

Radiofrequency (RF) energy treatment is a new and promising technology for the non-surgical body contouring, fat and cellulite reduction. Pure RF energy can be used in treatments to effectively contour the body and reduce the appearance of cellulite and fat. With deep, controlled heating of the fatty layers under the skin, the effects of tissue tightening and increased blood circulation mean that fatty deposits are drained through the lymphatic system, reducing the appearance of cellulite. Based on current RF technologies we use most clients will see an improvement in their skin tone, a reduction in the appearance of cellulite and possible inch loss, with minimal risks and downtime. Multiple treatments are needed to achieve optimal results 6-8 treatments spaced 7-10 days apart.

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