Orange peel ... be gone

Orange peel ... be gone

Cellulite can ruin your best efforts at looking good. More than 95% of women over the age of 20, regardless of their weight or size, are affected by cellulite and exercise resistant fat. It can dramatically affect how you feel about yourself and your appearance; especially when you are heading for the beach.

Causes The causes of cellulite are poorly understood, and several changes in metabolism or physiology may cause or contribute to cellulite, here we mention a few possible causes: Genetic factors, of which one is gender. A female's connective tissue is very inflexible, so as they gain weight their fat cells expand and tend to bulge upwards towards the surface of the skin, giving the classic orange-peel appearance of cellulite. Disorders for example water metabolism, abnormal hyperpolymerization of the connective tissue and Chronic Venous Insufficiency (a medical condition where the veins cannot pump enough oxygen-poor blood back to the heart). Hormones like Oestrogen play a dominant role in the formation of cellulite. Other hormones including insulin, adrenaline, noradrenaline, thyroid hormone and prolactin have all been shown to participate in the development of cellulite. Diet with excessive amounts of fat, carbohydrates, salt and too little fibre Smoking, lack of exercise and sitting or standing in a single position for long periods of time, have all been correlated with an increase in cellulite. Tight underwear (believe it or not) with elastic across the buttock limits blood flow and encourages cellulite to form.

Classifcation of cellulite Cellulite has different forms and grades. Grade 1 - No clinical symptoms, but there are anatomical changes seen under the microscope. Grade 2 - The skin shows paleness, lower temperature and decreased elasticity after compression or muscular contraction. There is no visible "orange peel" roughness to the skin. Grade 3 - All Grade 2 signs are present. Visible "orange peel" roughness to the skin is visible at rest. Thin granulations in the deep levels of the skin can be detected by palpitation. Grade 4 - All Grade 3 symptoms are present. Visible, palpable and painful lumps present which adhere to deep structures in the skin. The skin has a noticeable dimpled, wavy appearance.

Treatment Unfortunately a stunning "Hollywood" face and body has not been handed out by nature - it has to be bought and this usually comes at an expensive price. At Body Renewal we have recognized this problem and have come up with a solution to make it more affordable for the average person. Every client is given a customised solution based on expectations, budget, time constraints and pathology.

Any treatment modality on its own can make a big difference, but in our eyes it's not sufficient. Body Renewal offers a 3 step multi-modality therapy in treating cellulite. We call it the Bottom Line:

Step 1: Break down and Smooth out A combination of treatments that include lymphatic drainage, reduction of fat cells, stretching of connective tissue and collagen stimulation is needed to combat cellulite.

Body Renewal offers the following non-surgical treatment modalities for cellulite: • i-Lipo with Ultra • Radiofrequency like Accent, Velashape and Ultrashape • Carboxytherapy • Lipomassage with LPG

Results: Some of the results you will notice is an improvement of venous insufficiency (which causes poor circulation and the build-up of toxins) and an improvement of varicose and spider veins as the problem of venous insufficiency is addressed. Effective treatment of localized fat deposits will take place and you will see improvement in the texture of your skin and the appearance of cellulite. Your skin will become tighter and the appearance of stretch marks will improve because of long term collagen stimulation.

Step 2: Build up and enhance results Use skin-tightening and cellulite targeted oral and topical products to improve the results of the non-surgical treatments. Body Renewal recommends:

• Doctor Duve Activating and Firming Cellulite Gel This product is new on Body Renewal’s shelves and contains a highly effective Slimming Complex that stimulates lipolysis (fat burning) therefore promoting the elimination of metabolic waste products. Your skin will appear significantly smoother and tighter and it is also safe to use during and after pregnancy. (Read more about this product in our promotions section) • Lamelle’s Beauty Mouse Using the mouse will significantly enhance the penetration of the Doctor Duve Cellulite gel. • Supplements available at Body Renewal Zinsel C and CLA

Step 3: Maintain Visit Body Renewal once a month for a maintenance treatment, follow a healthy diet, eliminate processed foods, incorporate exercise into your lifestyle, reduce your stress levels and continue to use oral and topical products. You will never get rid of cellulite completely, but you can improve the appearance for a long period of time if you maintain the results.

Cellulite is a progressive condition and if not treated can become a major stumbling block to self-esteem and a healthy body. Our ultimate goal is to achieve consistent and successful results with minimal downtime and discomfort for our patients. So act now, address the causes and get your body beach ready

Sharon Izak Elaine
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