Is cellulite on various areas of your body making you feel self-conscious and unhappy with your appearance? Many women (and some men) find that no matter what they do, cellulite forms on their skin, especially in the hips, thighs, buttocks, and stomach. Daniel Man, M.D., a Florida board-certified plastic surgeon, treats people to help them reduce the appearance of cellulite.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the herniating fat underneath the skin that pushes against the fibrous connective tissue, causing the skin surface to dimple and pucker. Many people refer to the effect as “cottage cheese” or “mattress appearance”.
There are 3 grades of cellulite:
- Grade 1: No gross changes in the skin but microscopically one can see some skin irregularities.
- Grade 2: Skin pallor (pastiness), is visible. Decrease of elasticity is noted.
- Grade 3: Skin roughness and ripples are visible. The skin appears to be cooler in the cellulite area, and the color of the skin changes.
Cellulite is much more common in women than in men. This condition is associated with poor elasticity in overweight individuals but is also seen in women of average weight and even in very thin women.
Cellulite tendencies may be genetic or hereditary.
Conditions that seem to be associated with the development of cellulite include:
- High levels of estrogen
- Poor diet, yo-yo dieting or starvation diets
- Decrease of physical activities
- Poor blood circulation
Commonly Used Ineffective Treatments for Cellulite
Many doctors will encourage behavioral changes to reduce the appearance and development of cellulite, including:
- Better diet containing vegetables, fruits, and high fiber content
- Weight loss while improving the diet
- Introducing regular exercises, including aerobic exercises, and core, legs, thighs and buttocks muscle strengthening
Some people try creams that contain Retinol, vitamins, minerals, herbs, caffeine, amino acids and other drugs or medications, but there has been no significant change even with long term use. Liposuction is also ineffective at targeting tiny fat particle that are embedded in connective tissue.
How Involved is Cellulite Treatment?
Viora cellulite reduction treatment is designed to reduce inches, stretch marks and scarring for visible improvement in skin smoothness and a noticeable reduction in cellulite. These cellulite treatments are suitable for the thighs, buttocks, love handles, and abdominal areas, and can also be used on the arms, backs of the knees, and on the face under certain conditions.
Viora uses a state-of-the-art radiofrequency treatment that combines a multi-frequency approach with vacuum therapy. It utilizes three distinct RF frequency channels and a fourth dimension multi-channel mode to create a dynamic, effective approach to cellulite treatment, balancing frequency, intensity, and a cooling system that can be customized depending upon the treatment area.
Viora treatment will vary depending upon which area(s) of the body are targeted. Glycerin oil or a cooling gel is applied on the treatment area, allowing the applicator to easily travel along the skin. Circular motions are made to pass over as much of the affected areas as possible in rotating patterns.
A brief pulse of thermal heat delivered by the handheld device, followed by a cooling sensation, is the most common feel patients report. The vacuuming sensation can be experienced as a light suction pressure. Overall, patients say it feels like a warm, firm massage. Each session lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.
How is the Recovery from Viora Treatment?
There is generally no downtime associated with the Viora treatment. There may be a lingering warm or tingling feeling after treatments, which should subside by the end of the day. Some patients may experience mild swelling, bruising, or redness after the Viora treatment. The redness will typically resolve within a few hours, while any swelling or bruising should dissipate within a few days of the procedure.
How Long Do Viora Treatments Last?
Many patients notice improvement in the appearance of their skin immediately following their procedure, but the full benefits of the treatment may take up to two months to fully emerge. Most patients typically undergo four to eight treatments to maximize the outcome, ultimately achieving smoother, tighter skin. A follow-up treatment every three to six months can help ensure long-lasting results.
How Much Does Viora Cellulite Treatment Cost?
The cost of Viora treatments varies depending on the extent of each treatment and how many treatments are necessary to achieve smooth skin. During a consultation, Dr. Man discusses the cost in addition to the payment options and financing.
What Do I Do Next?
If you are self-conscious about the backs of your thighs or another part of the body that have noticeable cellulite, we recommend you schedule a consultation with Dr. Man. During this appointment, he evaluates your health and the condition of targeted areas so that he can recommend Viora cellulite treatment or another cosmetic procedure to achieve your desired look.
If you want to diminish or erase unwanted cellulite, there are options to achieve smooth skin. Dr. Daniel Man, a Florida board-certified plastic surgeon, uses Viora cellulite treatments on people living in and around Boca Raton, FL to help them have smoother skin and more self-confidence.