10 Things About...Cellulite Management

Written by Christian Jurist, M.D., A.M.S., F.S.

Cellulite, which is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, has haunted clients of every gender, race, and age. As a result, there are a number of options available for the management of this condition, many of which are not effective on their own.

However, in combination with other behaviors, cellulite can be effectively managed.

1. Circulatory Stimulators.
These ingredients improve cellulite by accelerating local metabolism of the picture-1affected area and creating a detoxifying effect. This includes, but is not limited to, creating vasodilation that empowers blood flow through the concerned zone, bringing fresh oxygen, and reactivating fat cell metabolism to improve triglyceride breakdown (lipolysis). It also helps by neutralizing and removing accumulated toxins from fluid stagnation, which shall be managed by the lymphatic system. Circulatory stimulants, in combination with other methods or applied to the skin prior to a wrap, can support the additional penetration of actives into the skin and enhance overall benefits. 
Highly-micronized green coffee extract is proven-effective to ensure complete absorption of powerful actives, such as chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, and phenolic acid. When layered with a fast-absorbing niacin gel and a green coffee concentrate, this combination enhances blood circulation, stimulates lipolysis to break down fat, and promotes an increased, diuretic output that flushes out toxins.

picture-22. Exfoliants.
Scrubs can assist in creating mechanical vasodilation of the area, bringing forth benefits of the circulatory stimulators and toxin drainage. They also improve the external aspect of the skin by increasing cellular mitosis that promotes smoother texture and enhances penetration of other actives that assist in the management of cellulite. A massage that is executed with mechanical exfoliants can stimulate both blood flow and, to some degree, lymphatic flow. Acid exfoliants cannot truly provide any benefits to cellulite.

3. Infrared.
This therapy generates local heat that promotes vasodilation, with all the consequent benefits as stated previously. In addition, the sustained warm temperatures assist in stimulating lipolysis and induce local sweating,  helping to excrete some toxins out of the area to contribute to the bottom line of improving the condition.

Wraps---picture-44. Wraps.
Wraps are mainstream body treatments in aesthetic therapies that can assist in the improvement of cellulitic skin. This is done by creating a controlled microenvironment conducive of increasing local skin temperature, generating vasodilation, stimulating lipolysis, and promoting enhanced penetration of actives. The wraps also contribute to detoxification through perspiration. Ingredients such as green coffee, applied to the skin in a layered fashion and then wrapped for a period of time, can help increase local fat cell metabolism with the stimulation of fat breakdown, toxin reduction, and delivery   of antioxidants into the skin to support management of the condition.

5. Metabolizers.
These ingredients may help stimulate cellular activity and also assist with a favorable catabolic effect at a subcutaneous level. They cannot do much by themselves, but in combination with ci rculatory stimulants and other methods, they can support a healthier cell metabolism that can add up to controlling and reducing lipogenesis.Picture-5

6. Lymph Draining.
This therapy is effective in improving cellulite because it manages fluid-retention reduction from the affected areas. It also has the additional benefit of removing excess toxins that have accumulated over time. Proper lymphatic drainage can be very beneficial for a multitude of associated disorders. Cellulite is a multifactorial disorder; lymphatic drainage can be useful, but quite limited on its own.

7. Radio Frequency.
This therapy generates increased vasodilation and firming of the skin through surface retexturing. The smoothing benefits of this therapy come from thermal energy on the skin’s proteins, such as collagen, that shorten and tighten the skin. In addition, acceleration of local cell metabolism favors lipolysis to further improve the condition.

8. Anything Other Methods.
Lasers, machine-assisted massages, liposuction, and other modalities like ultrasound and mesotherapy, can all support management of cellulitic skin by increasing lipolysis, reducing fluid accumulation, firming the skin, and smoothing the surface.picture-6

9. Muscle Response.
Exercise is definitely recommended to improve the condition as it can stimulate circulation through vasodilation, lymphatic drainage, lipolysis, and firming of the area. By itself, it may not be enough to improve cellulite, but in combination with a proper diet and other therapies, it can speed up results.

10. Warming Methods.
These therapies are not very effective on their own. They increase vasodilation with a potential for additional fat breakdown and other benefits, but the results may be extremely slow.

Christian--Jurist 2016Christian Jurist's passion for aesthetic medicine led him to focus on the aesthetic and medical aesthetic industries. As a published author in many of the industry's most recognized publications, he delivers clinical-level expertise specifically tailored to each audience for optimum comprehension and implementation. His training programs offer an enhanced level of education. By uniquely combining years of teaching experience, educational seminar circuits, CEU, and master classes at tradeshows and forums, he delivers an unparalleled learning experience. After leading a comprehensive, 14-month medical aesthetics curriculum at Florida College of Natural Health., Jurist joined Pevonia International as medical director of global education.

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