Written by Charlotte Wood (last updated May 31, 2013)
Cellulite is a condition that occurs in men and women after puberty that involves the dimpling of the skin on the lower limbs, abdomen, and pelvic areas. It's one of those conditions that's not exactly the most attractive, and one that many people want to rid themselves of. There are several treatments out there for cellulite, and if you're looking to get rid of your own cellulite, then you should know what reduction methods are available.
The problem with cellulite reduction methods is that most often, they don't fix much and usually just drain your bank account. If you want to successfully reduce your cellulite, you want to do it the right way without completely depleting your account balance. Some of the most common cellulite reduction methods are electronic muscle stimulation (EMS), cellulite cream, plastic surgery, and body wrapping.
Body wrapping is a method used most by spas and other "beauty" businesses. Supposedly body wrapping actually removes the fat from the affected areas; however, fat and cellulite are different. It's supposed to take only about an hour or two and uses special wraps combined with special lotions. While initially "effective," most experts agree that body wrapping only reduces the water in your system because of the sweating involved in body wrapping. This isn't usually a viable option, and is one of the treatments that takes more money from your account than it takes cellulite from your thighs.
EMS is supposed to improve your blood circulation, prevent blood clots, and reduce muscle spasms. For cellulite, the theory behind EMS is that it will stimulate your muscles to contract, thus ridding your thighs and abdomen of cellulite. It supposedly works, but you should be careful. There isn't too much proof that it actually affects the cellulite. This should be approached with some discretion, because it could be more of a money drain than a cellulite reducer.
There are also creams that can help reduce your cellulite. If your cellulite is more minor, you can try some over-the-counter creams. The creams probably will not completely eliminate your cellulite, but they may reduce it. Whether the creams greatly reduce your cellulite or hardly affect it all is more up to your own biology; over-the-counter treatments depend more on trial and error than anything else. However, they are worth trying. If your cellulite is a bit more major, then you might want to seek a doctor's treatment: this could include prescribed creams or even plastic surgery, if you're willing to pay the money.
So, now that you know the ins and outs of cellulite treatment, you can better determine what you want to do about your cellulite. When you know the facts, you can make an informed decision about what you want to do.
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