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CELLULITE, for those lucky enough not to know, are bulging fat cells between fibrous tissue that look like dimples on your skin. It's most commonly seen on areas with the lowest circulation, like the thighs or bottom. It affects 85% of British women over 20.

Here, Christopher Zachary, professor of dermatology at the University of California, Irvine gives his opinions on some of the most popular cellulite treatments on offer.

DRY BRUSHING THE idea is that daily body brushing both exfoliates the skin to smooth the surface and boosts circulation to help eliminate toxins. Some beauty experts also recommend massaging areas with cellulite, in the belief it loosens up fat that has become trapped.

However, Zachary dismisses dry brushing, along with other popular methods such as body scrubs made out of coffee beans, as "pure nonsense".

He also places no stock in the massage theory, saying: "The concept of 'loosening trapped fat cells' has no meaning. All fat cells are 'trapped' or 'organised' within their basic structure."

LASER TREATMENT CELLULAZE laser treatment is a procedure where a laser's energy is used to break up tough bands of tissue beneath the skin. It is these bands that cause us to see cellulite.

Cellulite dimples Christoper says: "This is a relatively intensive procedure compared with many others, and might only provide modest results... although one might see a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. However, some dimpling usually returns."

CELLFINA is a vacuum-assisted device which a dermatologist uses to insert a needle underneath the skin to break up these tough bands we've mentioned.

Christopher says: "This process is called subcision and is currently the best method for reducing deeper, more obvious cellulite." He says it can last for two years, possibly beyond, and as such, is one of the longer-term remedies.


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Date:Sep 15, 2017
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