Say Goodbye to Cellulite
Cellulite affects 80-90% of women over the age of 20 regardless of weight and size. Lean women are just as affected by cellulite as heavier women. It is also known by other names such as adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, gynoid lipodystrophy, and orange peel syndrome. Cellulite consists of fat cells trapped within the superficial layers of the skin. The herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue presents itself on the skin surface as dimpling and nodularity. It is most often found on the buttocks, lower limbs, and abdomen, but can also affect other areas depending on individual anatomy. The causes of cellulite can be related to changes in metabolism, physiology, hormonal factors, genetic factors, the microcirculatory system and lifestyle. A high-stress lifestyle can increase the level of catecholamines, which have been associated with the development of cellulite. In addition, certain dieting practices can lower the level of these chemicals. The psychological effects of this condition can be quite severe, causing major body image issues. For some women, it strictly limits wardrobe selection and causes embarrassment during summer months. In Southern California and other areas where warm weather persists most of the year, it is nice to know that there are effective treatment options available.
How to Treat Cellulite in Los Angeles
The only way to treat cellulite and smooth it out is to disrupt the connective tissue bands that hold the fat cells in place. This allows the fat cells to settle into the deeper layers, making the skin to appear smoother and more even. Some people believe that liposuction reduces the appearance of cellulite. Unfortunately, in many cases, liposuction actually worsens the appearance of cellulite by removing the underlying fat cells and accentuating the irregularity of the skin contour. Over the counter skin treatments are also not effective. Most of these topical products contain pepper or other ingredients to stimulate circulation and temporarily increase swelling and redness, thus camouflaging the affected areas. We always recommend a healthy diet and regular exercise, but that may not be the only line of defense necessary to reduce the appearance of cellulite. In fact, losing weight can sometimes enhance the appearance of cellulite in certain areas.
At Westside Aesthetics, we offer a treatment called Velashape. Because it’s FDA approved, non-surgical, and non-invasive, VelaShape is one of the safest and most effective ways of reducing cellulite in Los Angeles. Velashape features a combination of bi-polar radiofrequency (RF), infrared light energy, plus vacuum and mechanical massage. This combination will result in gradual smoothing of the skin’s surface with a noticeable reduction in cellulite as well as circumferential reduction, with noticeable reshaping of the treated area. It is effective on all skin types and all skin colors. There is absolutely no downtime and it is virtually painless, which means you can return to your daily activities immediately following treatment. In addition to having your cellulite reduced, VelaShape provides many other positive benefits. You will notice decreased muscle aches and pains and increased circulation. You’ll also have increased self-confidence and a better body image with tighter and firmer skin.
The areas most commonly treated are:
- Hips (saddlebags)
- Abdomen (love handles)
- Bra Line
What to Expect During a Treatment
The experts at Westside Aesthetics help our Los Angeles cellulite treatment patients achieve their desired look and smooth out the “dimpled” appearance caused by cellulite. Treatment begins with a free consultation from one of our experts. Any questions you may have will be discussed, and a full treatment regimen will be outlined for you. We recommend once weekly treatments for a series of about 8 weeks. Each treatment lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on how many areas you want to treat. When you come in for treatment, make sure to clean the area to be treated so that it is free of body oils. You also want to make sure that you shave and use a body scrub treatment to remove any sunless tanning products prior to the procedure. The VelaShape treatment is virtually painless. You don’t need to worry about applying any type of topical pain reliever before your treatment. The great thing is that once you have your desired look, it’s extremely easy to maintain! Good diet and exercise, along with supporting treatments once every two months will help maintain your newly toned body.
During your free initial consultation, Dr. Rivkin and his experts will give you the opportunity to view before and after photos so that you will know what to expect from the treatment. To learn more about VelaShape for cellulite reduction and body contouring, or to schedule a free consultation in the Los Angeles area, contact us by phone or e-mail today.