Cellulite affects more than 90% of women of all sizes and body weights, and physicians believe that women get cellulite when the connective tissue of the skin forms a net around fatty tissue, creating a ‘lumpy’ appearance on the surface of the skin.
There are now several cosmetic procedures on the market that promise to help reduce the appearance of cellulite and can even help take off a few inches. Procedures including VelaShape, VelaSmooth and Thermage skin tightening treatments may help some women achieve a shapelier, slimmer appearance.
A Rachael Ray Show segment that ran in early March revealed three over-the-counter cellulite reduction treatments that promise to diminish the look of cellulite and improve the texture and tone of the skin. The show featured the Nutra Luxe Infrared Body Shaping Massager Lipo Reduction Set, the Totally You Seaweed Body Wrap Kit, and the Solidea MicroMassage Magic Pantie, a textured hosiery shaper that promises to increase circulation and tone up the skin.
While these products sound promising, experts recommend undergoing a cosmetic procedure that uses radio-freuqency energy and vacuum manipulation to help tighten and tone up the skin. One of the latest devices is the Reaction by Viora, a handheld device that increases circulation and strengthens skin tissues using radio frequency energy. VelaShape works in a similar way, and may help to stimulate collagen growth while tightening and toning the skin.
Most people need to undergo a series of six to eight treatments in order to achieve results, and the procedures feel like a warm, deep tissue massage. VelaShape, VelaSmooth, Thermage and the Reaction by Viora system are available at many medical spas, aesthetic surgery centers and cosmetic surgery centers around the United States, and cost between $200 to $500+ per treatment session. Some medical professionals do offer a discount when the individual purchases a package of products.