Is Cellulite in the Stars?

Cindy Crawford has it. (She even cops to it in September's issue of Redbook). Britney had it, So did Uma, J.Lo and even Victoria Beckham (aka posh spice), according to a recent issue of Star magazine.

So just what is "it"? Why it's cellulite, of course. And when it comes to cellulite, stars are just like us … for better or worse.

Most of us are all too familiar with that lumpy, cottage cheese-like substance that can be found on our thighs, stomach, and butt. The good news is that there are a growing number of surgery-free options to help get rid of cellulite.

In a nutshell, cellulite refer to collections of fat that push against the connective tissue under your skin, causing the surface of the skin to dimple, pucker and basically look like a golf ball.

Cellulite is actually a direct result of your genes (if your mom has it, there is a good shot you will too), your gender (sorry ladies), the amount of fat on your body, your age, and the thickness of your skin .

So now that you know what causes cellulite, the question is what can you do about it. The answer? Lots!

For starters, there is Thermage, a non-surgical skin tightening procedure that uses radio waves to lift and firm skin in your stomach, knees, arms, legs, hands or butt. It can also be used with a special cellulite tip that works with the radio waves to penetrate deep within the skin's layers and smooth out the skin's surface. Thermage breaks down the cellulite and firms the surrounding skin. Results may be apparent after just one procedure.

Another technology, Velashape, uses bipolar radiofrequency energy to reduce the size of the fat cells along with infrared heat to tighten the skin. The result? A much reduced appearance of cellulite and a decrease in the circumference of the thighs (just ask Kim Kardashian).

Zerona is another option for banishing cellulite. Your doctor uses a "cold" laser to painlessly zap the fat cells benefit your skin. While technically this laser therapy targets fat, not cellulite, it may smooth cellulite as well.

So what about all those creams, potions and lotion and elixirs you keep seeing in the drug store and on TV that promise to help get rid of cellulite? Buyer beware, these are mostly snake oil. Few, if any, have been the subject of the same type of rigid clinical trials as Thermage, Velashape and Zerona.

Even if you have been disappointed in the past, now may be a good time to check in with your doctor and find out about these new additions to his or her cellulite-shattering arsenal. There not just for celebs, you know.

Source by Catherine Sheehan

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