You finally reach the end of a crazy workout, feeling accomplished. Countless squats, burpees, and sit-ups, working tirelessly to achieve your dream body. You spent your day making smart food choices and managed to keep your sweet tooth at bay.
You wipe the sweat off your face, chug some water, flex in the mirror, and…All you can focus on is that pesky cellulite on your thighs. Sound familiar?
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That’s because 90% of women and 10% of men are affected by cellulite.
As the search for the ultimate cellulite treatment continues, topical products have come out, claiming to reduce the appearance of cellulite. However, the effects of these creams are minimal and don’t last long. Then there’s liposuction, which is expensive and risky.
As CoolSculpting continues to grow in popularity as a way to reduce unwanted fat, more and more people are asking: Does CoolSculpting work on cellulite?
Cellulite: What is it?
Picture a pair of fishnet stockings tightly wrapped around a squishy stress ball. The foam material of the stress ball would be squeezed into little lumps, pinched by the crisscrossing lines of string.
The fishnet stockings represent the cords of fibers that keep your skin pulled tight to your muscles. Like the stress ball in the metaphor, fat lies in between the skin and muscles, pushing up against the fibers.
The result is cellulite – pockets of fat that create lumps and dimples in the skin.
What Causes it?
Cellulite is a modern phenomenon.
Although the exact origin of cellulite is still unknown, many researchers suspect a combination of reasons for its development. The following are a few examples of conditions that contribute to the existence of cellulite.
Modern agriculture techniques involve the use of pesticides. Unfortunately, this removes important vitamins and nutrients from the soil, and therefore, from our food. Plus, the popularity of processed foods also creates deficiencies in our diets.
We also consume a lot of meat, which is often treated with antibiotics and growth hormones. Hormones in our food can create hormonal imbalances in our own bodies, contributing to the appearance of cellulite.
Modern clothing trends also contribute to cellulite because we tend to wear tighter clothing than in the past. Tight clothing can impair circulation, which affects our skin’s appearance.
Finally, because of industrialization, most of us work in sedentary jobs. Without standing and moving around regularly for the majority of the day, we impair circulation and accumulate pockets of fat that are difficult to get rid of naturally.
In 2008, Vanderbilt University conducted a study about the “sitting disease” in modern America. Results showed that the average American spends about 8 hours a day sitting down.
Even people who have healthy diets and exercise regularly are affected by cellulite because of the conditions of city life in modern America. The most intense workouts still can’t undo the effects of sitting all day at work.
This explains why, to this day, there are isolated indigenous tribes around the world where even women over 60 have no visible cellulite. Even women with children show little to no cellulite texture.
Unfortunately, everything about modern, urban life in America is contributing to your cellulite.
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Some factors that affect the severity of cellulite include:
- slow metabolism
- hormonal changes
- lack of hydration
- skin color, thickness, and elasticity
- poor circulation
All of these factors contribute to how much dimpling and puckering occur in the skin, ranging from mild lumps to noticeable folds.
Why Is it So Common for Women?
Women are more likely to have cellulite for multiple reasons.
First, this is because of the way fat is distributed in women’s bodies. Women tend to accumulate the most fat in their legs, hips, and buttocks, where cellulite is most likely to appear.
The more fat there is in a certain area, the more the fat pushes through the fibers, making the lumps and dimples of cellulite more obvious.
Another factor causing more women than men to have cellulite is the relationship between estrogen (female hormones) and collagen production.
Collagen is the main component of the fibers connecting your skin to your muscles. When the body isn’t producing enough collagen, the skin becomes saggy and less firmly connected to the muscles.
As women approach menopause, their estrogen levels slowly decrease over time, which slows down blood circulation. This means less oxygen is getting to certain parts of the body, like the thighs. As a result, the body produces less collagen, worsening the appearance of cellulite.
CoolSculpting Cellulite Treatment?
Even if you’re new to researching the world of fat loss procedures, you know the benefits of CoolSculpting. It’s the easiest, most cost-effective method to remove fat from targeted areas of the body.
But, does CoolSculpting work on cellulite? The short answer: No, it does not.
What CoolSculpting Can Do
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Chances are, you’ve seen magazine covers with headlines like these in line at the grocery store. You’ve seen commercials for fitness equipment or supplements that make these kinds of claims.
But any certified fitness expert will tell you: there’s no way to control exactly where you lose fat through diet and exercise alone.
CoolSculpting is a unique FDA-cleared procedure that targets specific areas of the body. The procedure freezes and kills fat cells, which your body then gets rid of through its natural processes.
What CoolSculpting Can’t Do
It’s important to keep your expectations realistic when considering the CoolSculpting procedure. While CoolSculpting does target fat in specific areas of your body, it does not necessarily reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Because cellulite is a result of weak connective tissues attaching muscles to your skin, it is considered a skin condition. Dermatologists have conducted numerous studies to determine what kinds of treatments actually help people deal with cellulite.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, cryolipolysis (the technology behind CoolSculpting) is not effective at getting rid of cellulite.
That’s because the procedure only eliminates fat cells. It does not address the strength or elasticity of these connective tissues, which are the root of the problem.
While CoolSculpting is highly effective at targeted fat loss, it is not intended to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. Therefore, it is not considered an effective cellulite treatment by the medical community.
Compared to the other fat loss treatments on the market, CoolSculpting wins by a landslide.
Liposuction is a procedure that also targets specific areas of fat, but requires a huge commitment. Since liposuction is a surgical procedure, it comes at a high risk and a high cost compared to CoolSculpting.
As with any surgery, you risk complications with anesthesia. The incision alone creates the risk for infection, and the procedure may cause damage to the surrounding organs if not performed perfectly.
On top of these unnecessary risks, liposuction also requires a long recovery period. Because the procedure is invasive, your body takes time to heal following the incision of the skin and removal of fat. During this recovery, your life comes to a complete standstill.
Unlike liposuction, CoolSculpting offers a offers a targeted fat loss solution that doesn’t break the bank or put you out of commission for an extended period of time. Sessions take about an hour, depending on the size of your targeted area. Plus, you can get back to your work or daily routine that same day, without skipping a beat.
There are also a variety of topical products on the market that claim to blast fat. While these creams are cheaper than any procedure, they require a lot of consistent effort and offer insignificant results.
By consistent effort, we’re talking about daily application. Some products even suggest applying twice daily. This adds yet another tedious, time-consuming step to your daily routine.
On top of that, these creams usually don’t even offer visible results. When they do work, the results fade away as soon as you stop applying the creams daily. Why bother?
Is CoolSculpting Cellulite Treatment right for you?
Your time, money, and comfort shouldn’t be sacrificed in order to feel good in your own skin. While it is not an ideal cellulite treatment, CoolSculpting is the ultimate fat loss treatment. In just a few sessions, it allows you to significantly reduce stubborn areas of fat effortlessly, painlessly, and at an affordable price.