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One & Done: Body Shaping, and Cellulite Treatments

In the world of cosmetics, it's not always easy to address multiple imperfections with one treatment. More times than not, an aesthetic procedure will be designed specifically to help improve one particular condition, with additional benefits rarely guaranteed and minimal at best. In the past, this is the situation people faced when treating the problems of cellulite and excess body fat. Anti-cellulite creams were ineffective as body shaping treatments, and surgical body contouring procedures like liposuction not only couldn't treat cellulite, but often made it worse.

Thankfully, science has adapted to these obstacles in recent years, as many popular skin treatments now do double duty as both body shaping and cellulite removal solutions. Many of these options also add the third element of skin tightening to their repertoire, making for a comprehensive skin rejuvenation experience.

As we discussed in the January edition of our Cosmetic Surgery Newsletter, there are numerous non-surgical treatments out there for contouring the body and getting rid of cellulite. This month, we're going to take another look at some of these key procedures, and whether or not they can help you kill two birds, or even three, with one stone.

The Gold Standards / Body Shaping & Cellulite Removal: When it comes to simultaneously contouring the body and smoothing away cellulite, some of the most popular and effective treatments available are also among the simplest and least expensive. Mesotherapy and its more concentrated cousin LipoDissolve™ both use tiny, minimally invasive injections to break down the fatty deposits that help bring on the appearance of cellulite. At the same time, logically, these injections are also serving as body shaping solutions.

Another well known treatment that can treat cellulite and smooth over fat deposits is Endermologie, which only requires a suctioning device and massaging rollers to get the job done. Endermologie, Mesotherapy, and LipoDissolve™ are all excellent, multi-faceted treatments, but they are not regarded as skin tighteners. In other words, while successful as a means to trim the circumference of treated areas, these procedures won't necessarily succeed at firming this treated skin.

Radio Frequency Treatments / VelaSmooth™ & VelaShape™: Starting with the basic concepts of Endermologie (suction and rollers), VelaSmooth™ became all the rage by adding radio frequency and infrared light energy to the equation. VelaSmooth™ was approved as a cellulite treatment by the FDA in 2005, and in 2007, VelaShape™ took the technology to a higher level, earning FDA approval as a treatment for cellulite and body shaping (thigh circumference reduction). While some patients experience some skin tightening effects with VelaShape™, too, it's not generally marketed toward that end.

Skin Tightening / Super Systems: Many other treatments have been making big names for themselves lately as body shaping systems and skin tighteners. The Thermacool NXT system by Thermage, for example, is a specialized radio frequency device that contours and tightens the skin in quick, smooth treatments. Titan™ Skin Tightening, developed by Cutera™, also helps promote collagen production and skin firmness. Thermage and Titan aren't generally known as cellulite treatments, but there are some popular systems out there that promise results in body shaping, skin tightening, and cellulite removal. One of these impressive systems is Accent™, which utilizes bipolar and unipolar radio frequencies to drastically improve the appearance of the skin. Another is Arasys, the electronic muscle stimulator that claims to recreate the effects of doing 300 sit-ups in just 17 minutes. Both Accent™ and Arasys might cost you more than some other cellulite treatments, but for people interested in approaching their cosmetic concerns on several fronts at once, it's good to know there are more and more choices at your disposal.

Thanks for reading! Next month we'll bring more industry secrets to you with our May 2008 Skin Care Newsletter. If you have any questions about the cellulite removal, body shaping, and skin tightening treatments above, don't hesitate to Contact Us. Or, you can also visit our website to learn more about your options.

Until Next Time,
The SignatureForum Staff

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