Cellulite and Stretch Marks are often found in women, especially pregnant women. These two conditions often make women insecure because of both of Cellulite and Stretch Marks will make women's appearance look bad. But what exactly are cellulite and stretch marks? Keep reading, as Ultimo will cover what are they and how to treat them.
What is Cellulite and Stretch Marks?
Cellulite is defined as changes in the surface of the skin which is characterized by the lumpy skin around hips, buttocks, and thighs. 80-90% of post-puberty women show cellulite in different degrees. It can occur in all races, however, Caucasian women have a higher prevalence compared to Asian races. Men rarely experience this condition.
Cellulite is often found in the thighs and buttocks, but it can also be found in the breast, lower abdomen, upper arms, nape and all areas where there is an underlying fat deposit in women's skin.
Stretch marks are linear cavities that appear on the skin. It usually a few centimeters long and is caused by rapid skin stretching. It also looks thin and wrinkled. Initially, there is a visible redness on the skin before it finally turns pale and horizontal.
Stretch marks are found in the abdomen, hips, breasts, thighs, and chest.
What is the cause of Cellulite and Stretch Marks?
Usually, cellulite caused by genetic factors, increasing body weight, and natural aging. Normally, as we get older the skin will be becoming more elastic. Some of the causes and risk factors for stretch marks are pregnancy, weight gain, and application of anti-inflammatory ointments (corticosteroids).
Treatment of Cellulite and Stretch Marks
Topical Cream Treatment
Up until today, the uses of anti-cellulite / stretch marks creams are still a matter of debate. However, the number of topical products to cure cellulite/stretch marks are increasing in number, although there are only a few pieces of literature or proofs. Some creams that exist in the market are those that contain methylxanthines, retinoids, and some herbal compounds.
Some non-topical therapies can be used to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. Subsections are used to correct the structure of subcutaneous fat tissue in cellulite areas by separating septa fat tissue. The standard liposuction procedure can reduce fat deposits in the deep subcutaneous layer, but the cosmetic effect on the surface of the skin is often unsatisfactory.
Mesotherapy is an injection of drugs or certain compounds intracutaneously or subcutis in cellulite therapy. The drug should be water-soluble, isotonic, and not causing allergic reactions.
Light and laser therapy have been widely used in cellulite treatment. Laser therapy can increase collagen formation and increase the thickness of the dermis.
Microdermabrasion does not greatly disguise the stretch marks visibility. Microdermabrasion does increase the absorption of topical medications (for example retinoids) which can improve the structure of stretch marks, but not the microdermabrasion itself.
At Ultimo Clinic, we have several treatment tools to disguise stretch marks and eliminate cellulite.
We recommend that patients do a consultation before taking Xwave and Exilis combinations to get rid of cellulite. Exilis is a non-invasive radiofrequency device that tightens sagging skin and reduces deposit fat and also stimulates collagen growth so that the effects of each treatment tighten the area to be treated.
Whereas Xwave treatment is using acoustic wave energy provides excellent results from non-invasive cellulite, scar and stretch mark problems.
We would recommend Legato and Laser Pico treatment for those who have severe stretch marks.
Previously, we have covered Picosure Laser treatment which can be read at Picosure Laser - The Rolls Royce of Laser Treatment
Legato treatment is a tool that combines fractional ablation to treat severe skin problems. Like deep acne scars, and also stretch marks that are found quite severe in mothers who have given birth.
For stretch marks and cellulite conditions, what treatment would you prefer?
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