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Pull out that swimsuit. New surgical technique fights cellulite

Photos Courtesy of Dr. George Brennan
Photos Courtesy of Dr. George Brennan
Courtesty of Dr. George Brennan

Ask any woman what condition on her body bothers her the most and hands down most will say cellulite. Cellulite is a condition that seems to affect women more than men and everyone who has it wants to get rid of it and fast.

Cellulite generally appears on the buttocks and thighs and varies from one woman to the next. Having cellulite doesn't necessarily mean that you are overweight, as thin women can also suffer with this condition. Cellulite is caused by a pulling down or tightening of connective tissue. The connective tissue holds the upper dermis down under tension, causing valleys that the subcutaneous fatty tissue pushes up against. This pushing of fat against the connective tissue anchors gives the appearance of dimpling and rippling across the upper surface of the skin. The more connective tissue anchors there are, the worse the cellulite appears.

"Cellulite is something that doctors have been trying to treat for years," said George Brennan, M.D., a cosmetic surgeon in Newport Beach, California. "We have tried creams, lasers and a host of other procedures to rid cellulite.”

According to Dr. Brennan, cellulite appears due to the underlying connective tissue anchoring the skin down causing dimples in which fat pushes against. Dr. Brennan has developed a new technique that gently snips the connective tissue and frees the underlying tissue. He does this with each anchor until the area has been completely freed of pulling. He then injects small amounts of the patient's own fat which he generally will harvest from the abdomen, and which is loaded with their own natural stem cells, into each "valley" or "pocket" that has been formed by the tension. He then gently massages the injected fat into the underlying tissue so that the entire surface of the skin becomes smooth and dimple free.

Cellulite consists of water, fat and cellular waste and can be triggered by caffeine, alcohol, sugars and processed, fatty and fried foods. However, some people suffer with cellulite regardless of how much cleansing they do, or how healthy they eat. Many natural health practitioners believe that cellulite can be treated with simple, natural remedies such as essential oils, massage and other topical ingredients such as rosemary, patchouli, thyme, basil, fennel, juniper, lemon, orange, cypress, sage and cedar wood oils purchased from the local health food store.

Experts have also found that Cocoa butter and honey, used in conjunction with massage, may be effective in the reduction of cellulite. Massaging the skin with these natural substances encourages better circulation and aids in breaking up the fatty deposits that have collected under the skin's surface according to the website, a website dedicated to educating the public about natural home remedies.

There are also a variety of lasers on the market that claim to reduce cellulite although as Dr. Brennan states. “While lasers definitely have a place in aesthetics and can improve cellulite, the fact remains that unless the anchors causing the dimpling and rippling are released and the fat is made smoother, nothing will rid the body of the appearance of cellulite.”

Exercise is also a key to reducing cellulite. Exercise that is fast-paced, such as circuit-training, burns fat, improves cardiovascular fitness, strengthens every muscle in the body and generally targets the glutes and hamstrings. However, other simple at-home strengthening exercises such as dumb bell squats and lunges, repeated stair climbing and chair step-ups can also be very effective.

“At The Brennan Institute, we encourage all of our patients to maintain a consistent daily health and fitness regimen,” said Dr. Brennan. “In the case of cellulite we have found that exercise when combined with our surgical cellulite procedure helps give our patients the confidence to wear a bikini again.”


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