Ah, the age old question: how to budge cellulite and fat. The answers seems to be so elusive, many have been relegated to the shelves of myth and legend. So, what is the easiest, safest and most painless way to remove cellulite and fat?
Number 1: Better diet and exercise
OK, it’s not painless, and not new, but it can be very effective. To understand why diet and exercise can make a difference, let’s first look at why cellulite develops for some people. Cellulite is essentially deposits of subcutaneous fat and fibrous tissue that give a dimpled look to the outer layer of skin.
It is also made up of toxins, which is why a good diet and exercise are so important. Loads of water and regular scrubbing with a dry loafer can also help. Both men and women of all shapes and sizes can develop cellulite, but it’s more common on women’s hips and thighs.
Number 2: Lippodissolve vs Liposculpture
Lipodissolve is a relatively new treatment for removing fatty deposits, but is rapidly gaining popularity, particularly for people wanting to remove cellulite.
The main ingredient in Lipodissolve is soy-derived phosphatidylcholine, or lecithin. Other ingredients vary, and may include enzymes or a B vitamin complex. Also, over 95% of people elect to have a local anaesthetic added to the Lipodissolve mix. Not only does it reduce needle discomfort, it has also proved to reduce the possibility of side effects for many people.
Using micro-fine needles, such as those commonly used in acupuncture, the mixture is injected into the subcutaneous layer of fat, and acts to break down the outer layer of the fat cells. As the fat is no longer contained within a call wall, the body sends in its cleaners to reabsorb it, much like it would a bruise.
Some professionals have stated that Lipodisssolve permanently removes fat cells, while other suggest that it is only permanent if weight is maintained or lost.
Liposculpture, the more traditional surgical procedure, does permanently remove fat cells, and is probably still more appropriate for people who would like to get rid of larger fat deposits. However, it has a longer recovery time than Lipodissolve, and is much more expensive.
Although Lipodissolve does hurt, it’s much further down on the pain-scale than its cousin. Of course, the level of pain experienced is an individual thing. Some people hate needles with a passion, and for them, a locally applied anaesthetic on the arm, wrapped in plastic, may be the answer.
And speaking of side effects – yes, there are some. Commonly, people experience swelling, itching, mild burning sensations and, in some cases, bruising. More often than not they go away within a day or two, and can be reduced with some mild painkillers.
There have been problems in the past with Lipodissolve, when administered by unqualified hands. Like any cosmetic surgery procedure, it pays to read as much as you can on the subject and then get advice from a well-regarded plastic or cosmetic surgeon.
Will I get a bum like J-Lo?
Hazarding a guess that getting a bum like J-Lo will take a team of trainers, and army of personal chefs, years of dance training and some Latin blood, it’s unlikely that any treatment, aside from a bum augmentation, will give you a booty of such extremity. That said we hope that some answers have been suitably demystified here, so you can get the best out of your own assets.