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Cellulite (news articles below)

Causes
Cellulite is a permanent change in the fat that is stored under your skin. We all have some body fat – even skinny models – so we’re all susceptible to cellulite as we get older. You can sometimes spot it on women who otherwise appear very youthful or slim.

In cellulite, the thin layer of tissue between the fat cells (often just a few cells thick) becomes more fibrous – like a scar. The fibrous areas start to pull together around the fat, causing the tiny dimples and irregularities typical of cellulite.

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Hormonal factors
The formation of cellulite is closely linked to the effects of hormones in the body, especially the female sex hormones. When levels of hormones change dramatically – such as at puberty and during pregnancy – something causes cellulite to be laid down. Many women find the condition gets much worse after having children; yet another rarely mentioned burden of pregnancy!

Treatment
Nothing as simple or as superficial as a cream could possibly break down the process of fibrosis or reverse it. No herbal lotion or strange unguent can remedy the problem.

Massage is supposed to break down the fibrous bands, but there’s little hard evidence to support this. If massage were to work, it would have to be extremely firm to have any effect.

Some new devices are trying to take the idea of massage one step further, for example by using a combination of lasers and massage to try to break down the cellulite. One device, which uses a combination of radio frequency energy and infrared light to heat up and release the fat (which is simultaneously smoothed over with a suction roller) has been given approval by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in the US.

But approval by the FDA (which reviews all new medical treatments) is limited, only covering a temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite, not cure or permanent removal of the problem. The effects have only been shown in a small number of patients (leading some critics to question just how valid the statistics are) and the treatment is very expensive (amounting to hundreds of pounds) for a result that lasts just a few months.

The only treatment that might have a permanent effect is liposuction, which is a dramatic step to take. This works by sucking out the fat cells – removing the problem tissue altogether. Once gone, these cells aren’t replaced, so the area should remain smooth, although your body may then have to store any added fat in other fat pockets, such as on your shoulders, which can end up distorting the shape of your body.

This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Trisha Macnair in August 2005. First published in November 1997.

Cellulite News:

Elemé Medical? Receives CE Mark For Its SmoothShapes(R) System For Longer-Lasting Cellulite Improvement (Medical News Today) – Company will launch SmoothShapes at “EADV Congress” in Paris beginning today Elemé? Medical Inc., a private venture-backed aesthetics company building a franchise in the body shaping market with an initial focus on treatment of cellulite, announced today that it has received CE Mark approval of its FDA-cleared SmoothShapes® System.

As fall nears, it’s time for tights (The Myrtle Beach Sun News) – ST. LOUIS People often think of summer as that glorious season that most reminds them of youth and frivolity. But who can concentrate on being frivolous when it’s so darn hot and you’re wearing jeans because you haven’t got the proper tan, you forgot to use the cellulite cream religiously or you just don’t like your thighs.

Eleme Medical(TM) receives CE Mark for its SmoothShapes(R) System for longer-lasting cellulite improvement (Centre Daily Times) – Eleme(TM) Medical Inc., a private venture-backed aesthetics company building a franchise in the body shaping market with an initial focus on treatment of cellulite, announced today that it has received CE Mark approval of its FDA-cleared SmoothShapes(R) System. The Company also announced that it is launching the SmoothShapes device internationally at the “17th Congress of the European Academy of …

Eleme Medical(TM) receives CE Mark for its SmoothShapes(R) System for longer-lasting cellulite improvement (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance) – MERRIMACK, N.H.—-Eleme? Medical Inc., a private venture-backed aesthetics company building a franchise in the body shaping market with an initial focus on treatment of cellulite, announced today that it has received CE Mark approval of its FDA-cleared SmoothShapes® System.

Shake yourself into shape (The Courier Mail) – You can’t lose inches off your waistline by just standing on the machine, although it certainly sounds ideal, writes Elizabeth Tilley .

Seduced by the myth of perfection (Guardian Unlimited) – Comment is free: Hephzibah Anderson: Dreams of power, not sexual allure, make women go under the knife

Hephzibah Anderson: Plastic surgery and the myth of perfection (Guardian Unlimited) – Hephzibah Anderson: Dreams of power over their lives, not sexual allure, make women go under the knife

Make-up call (Times Online) – Beauty editors can’t change the world, but they can change the way you feel. Style’s new grooming guru

Oil-Water Separator has easy-to-service design. (ThomasNet) – Offered in 4 models, Qwik-Pure® employs double-stage filter cartridge that operates with modern compressors and lubricants throughout all 4 seasons and changing condensate loads without requiring any special handling. Lack of any activated carbon or cellulite facilitates routine maintenance, and filter material promotes performance as well as operating life. Separator supports various …

Tights are a must for all ages (The Myrtle Beach Sun News) – By Debra D. Bass St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS _ People often think of summer as that glorious season that most reminds them of youth and frivolity. But who can concentrate on being frivolous when it’s so darn hot and you’re wearing jeans because you haven’t got the proper tan, you forgot to use the cellulite cream religiously or you just don’t like your thighs. It is the cooler climes of …



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