Cellulite is a common but unappealing dimpling and puckering of skin. A mixture of fibrous bands and superficial fat causes cellulite. When superficial fat compartments become distended with fat, fibrous bands tether skin, and cause dimpling at the points of attachment. Cellulite only appears in areas where fibrous bands are present, such as the buttocks and thighs. Presently no definitive treatment for cellulite exists, however some have found improvement through outer thigh and buttock lift surgery or thermage.
Several doctors have claimed through their advertisements that lasers can treat cellulite. Do not be deceived by these ads, as no such treatments are considered effective at this time.
Ultrashape is a non-surgical procedure that theoretically stimulates breakdown of fat and cellulite. In it, a specialist uses a machine to apply gentle pressure and suction to your skin. Sessions last 40 minutes and are performed one to two times per week until a point of diminishing improvement is reached (about 15-20 sessions). Thereafter, monthly sessions are essential to maintain the result.
Ultrashape is usually affordable. There is no pain and no recovery time. In addition to improved cellulite, you may see an enhancement in body contour and skin tone.
While the price is low compared to liposuction, it is still expensive if you consider that you may not achieve dramatic results. The final outcome depends on several factors and is not guaranteed. One factor is the experience of the technician who performs the procedure. When the application of pressure and suction is not adequate, little improvement is seen. Another significant factor is diet and exercise. If you are not actively engaging in successful diet and exercise, then you will see little improvement. This has led plastic surgeons to speculate that much of the improvement seen is due solely to diet and exercise. Conclusively, maintenance sessions can be costly, especially when considering that your results will not last indefinitely. Within 3 to 5 years, you will return to your pre-Ultrashape state despite strict adherence to maintenance sessions, diet, and exercise. You must then resume weekly sessions to re-achieve your previous plateau.
Many plastic surgeons criticise it as they feel the results obtained are no better than the results of diet and exercise alone. Lack of studies explaining why Ultrashape works and proving its effectiveness contributes to scepticism. Other plastic surgeons are convinced that diet and exercise alone do not account for the changes they have seen. Evidently, plastic surgeons have not reached a consensus on it.
Mesotherapy is the latest treatment for cellulite, and it works for small areas of fat compartment cellulites.