From slender builds to fit athletes to full-figured bodies – cellulite is a common insecurity across all individuals. Regardless of your body type, if dimpled skin is getting you down, follow this quick guide to cellulite treatment.
What Is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the dimpled, ‘cottage cheese’ like skin that forms on the hips, thighs, buttocks, abdomen and arms. This bumpy texture is caused by fat deposits underneath the skin.
How Does It Form?
In women, the connective tissue lies below the dermatological layer, which sits just above the fat cells. The connective tissue is arranged in fibrous bands that run from your skin to your muscles through the fat layer. When the bands pull downward, the fat chambers push upward. If the fat deposits protrude into the layer of the skin, the appearance of cellulite is made visible.
Who Gets It?
Cellulite is extremely common, affecting between 80 to 90 percent of women. So having at least some form of cellulite on your body is extremely common. Men are not exempt from bumpy, dimpled skin either. But due to their different distributions of fat, muscle and connective tissue, only about 10 percent of men will end up with noticeable cellulite deposits.
What Causes It?
The exact cause is unknown, however, the amount of cellulite that you have depends on a number of underlying factors – most commonly, your genes, metabolism, age, the thickness of skin and body fat percentage. Studies have shown that cellulite is also more prevalent in those with:
- Lower estrogen levels
- Poor circulation and blood flow
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Enlarged fat chambers
- A poor diet that’s high in fat
- Sedentary lifestyles
- Weight gain through diabetes and thyroid issues
What Is the Most Effective Cellulite Treatment?
You may have seen the commercials advertising anti-cellulite cream with claims that they can reduce the appearance of cellulite, but there’s no real scientific proof that these creams work at all. In fact, they are not designed to “eliminate” cellulite, but they are made with chemicals that can reduce fluid retention and assist in collagen production. That means all those creams you’re applying to your skin won’t actually eliminate the major contributing factors to cellulite. To properly treat cellulite, you need a solution that targets the enlarged fat chambers, collagen fibres, elasticity, and blood flow, all at the same time.
That’s where Emtone can help.
What Is Emtone?
Emtone combines thermal and mechanical energy to emit both radiofrequency and targeted pressure energy. This combined effect creates a powerful cellulite solution. By way of a specialized device, the skin is warmed to temperatures that effectively target the stubborn cellulite while tightening the existing collagen fibres and stimulating the production of elastin and collagen. As new collagen develops overtime, the skin begins to tighten, resulting in smoother skin with a noticeable improvement on reduction of the cellulite.
How Does It Work?
Conductive moisturizing lotion and a grounding pad that enables the radiofrequency energy, are first applied to your body. Then an Emtone handpiece is moved over the targeted areas using a specially designed technique to deliver the radiofrequency and pressure wave therapy to the skin. During the treatment, you will feel a rise in temperature and mechanical vibrations through your skin.
Does It Hurt?
Emtone is a non-invasive, pain-free experience. It can be compared to having a hot stone massage, along with additional vibrations. Because it is minimally invasive, there is no downtime required. You can return to your regular schedule right after the treatment is done.
How Long Does It Take?
Emtone is a quick, nonsurgical treatment. The amount of time required for each session will depend on the areas being treated and the size of these areas. Generally, most patients are in and out of the treatment room in as little as 30 minutes.
When Can I Expect Results?
Some patents will see noticeable improvements in just one treatment. However, the full results are not immediate, and patients will need 4 to 6 treatments to experience their desired improvements. Typically, results will be seen within a few weeks to a month, as new collagen is produced to tighten the skin and even out the fat deposits. Once the full results are achieved, patients can enjoy smooth skin for 3 to 12 months. Follow up treatments might be recommended to maintain the desired results over the long-term.
Who Is the Best Candidate?
Emtone can be used on all skin types and on all areas of the body. Men can also benefit from cellulite reduction through this treatment. Because Emtone improves the skin’s firmness, those with good skin elasticity will experience more dramatic results. Patients with poor elasticity and texture may require more frequent treatments and experience more modest results.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Any areas where you experience cellulite can be treated. Emtone can be used on the buttocks area, thighs, waistline, arms and even the knees.
Are you ready to try Emtone? Contact us today at the Ottawa Skin Clinic to set up your first consultation appointment with one of our specialists to discuss your goals.