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Can Massage Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite?



Massage CAN reduce the appearance of cellulite.

More Info: Limited studies are emerging that address the claim that massage can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite and so far, the results seem promising.

In a limited study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Laser Therapy, researchers found that a combination of bipolar radio frequency (BF), intense infrared (IR) light, mechanical massage, and suction were effective at treating the appearance of cellulite based on patient satisfaction following the procedures. Because only a few participants were studied, the authors suggest that further research is warranted to test the validity of the effectiveness.

In another study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, researchers set out to test the treatment of cellulite with LPG endermologie, a science of cell stimulation developed by LPG. According to LPG the science of endermologie “reactivates deep dormant cellular activity by mechanically stimulating the skin (mechano-stimulation) which is painless and noninvasive « . The researchers concluded that the technology was effective at reducing the size of body circumference, and mildly effective at reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Does Cellulite Increase As You Age ?

Cellulite increases as you age because the layer of skin known as the dermis reaches its maximal thickness at age 30. As individuals grow older, septa, the connective tissue that holds the dermis together becomes hard and rigid. In addition skin begins to loosen due to aging of collagen and elastic fibers, allowing buoyant cellulite cells to push throw the dermis. Increased deposits of subcutaneous fat that occur with a more sedentary lifestyle often accentuate the problem.

Is Cellulite Hereditary?

Cellulite is thought to be hereditary because many researchers believe that genetics play a role in whether individuals, mostly women, will develop the condition. Several genetic factors determine whether someone is prone to cellulite. First, septa, the bands of fibrous material that holds the dermis together must run vertically. The number of septa is also crucial. Secondly, a poor circulatory system, which feeds skin with oxygen, can also contribute. Poor lifestyle choices, such as little to no exercise, are also contributing factors.



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