Debunking The 10 Most-Common Cellulite Myths
by Lionel Bissoon
Although about 90% of American women suffer from some degree of cellulite, it’s not uncommon for many to think that, somehow, the condition is their own fault –- that they must have brought it on themselves. Unfortunately, many boyfriends, husbands and significant others fuel this unwarranted guilt complex by suggesting that...
"You haven’t stayed in shape by exercising enough."
"You’ve gotten fat, which is (obviously) the cause of cellulite. Cellulite is something overweight women get, right?"
"There’s nothing you can do about it. Your mother and grandmother had cellulite, so you’re doomed to live with it... DOOMED! How’s your sister doing?"
Regardless of what you’ve heard "through the grapevine," it’s VERY difficult for women living in highly industrialized Western societies to avoid developing cellulite if they’re genetically predisposed to it AND the right conditions exist to help it surface.
Here are 10 common myths and facts about cellulite and its treatments. Stop me if you’ve heard some (or all) of them.
1. Men don’t get cellulite. Believe it or not, 10% of men suffer from cellulite.
2. You must be overweight to have cellulite. In fact, thin women often display the worst cellulite.
3. Exercise eliminates cellulite. This is absolutely untrue. Cellulite consists of little pockets of herniated fat. When you exercise, it is tough to localize the exercise so that it burns off only the fat pockets contained in the affected areas. Building smooth muscle beneath the skin can help smooth out the surface.
4. Liposuction is an effective treatment. Liposuction is not a proven cellulite treatment. Yet plastic surgeons and dermatologists continue to recommend this invasive surgery. It’s a pity they don’t read their own literature, since it reveals that liposuction has actually been shown to make cellulite worse.
5. Creams can effectively treat cellulite. There are several reasons why most creams cannot treat cellulite. Most creams can only treat one component of cellulite –- usually the fat component. Very few are designed to affect the circulation and connective tissues that contribute to cellulite development. To the best of my knowledge, only one cream treats all three aspects of cellulite. And NO cream can treat dimples.
6. Diet will cure cellulite. Diets will not cure cellulite. I’ve seen women lose weight and gain cellulite. That said, a diet rich in organic foods can prevent cellulite from occurring. And once cellulite has appeared, a diet rich in organic foods can retard the condition. However, diet won’t completely reverse cellulite.
7. Tanning will camouflage cellulite. Tanning will make light skin darker, but the cellulite will still be visible. Women of Mediterranean descent tend to have darker complexions, but their cellulite still remains visible. The same holds true of black women with cellulite. In short, this is an absurd myth.
8. Saddle bags are a sign of cellulite. Saddlebags do NOT indicate the presence of cellulite. By definition, cellulite refers to lumpy, bumpy skin with dimpling. Many women have saddlebags but display zero signs of cellulite. (BTW: Western culture considers saddlebags unattractive, but some other cultures consider them sexy.)
9. Cellulite is hereditary. A woman’s body is designed to develop cellulite under certain conditions. If these conditions are not met, however, no cellulite will occur. In other words, having a genetic predisposition to cellulite doesn’t mean you are destined to have it. In one case, I met with twins where one sister displayed little to no cellulite, but the other had prominent cellulite. I’ve also worked on cases where mothers have no cellulite, but the daughters do.
10. There is no cure for cellulite. Despite the nay-saying of plastic surgeons, dermatologists and other self-professed experts who state, “Just live with it,” “Nothing can be done,” and (worst of all) “it’s in your mind,” there is a cure for cellulite and the associated dimples!
Mesotherapy can eliminate cellulite in about 10-15 sessions when performed by a physician skilled in this medical specialty. Dimples can be easily repaired by a simple in-office procedure called Subcision and/or Stringcision. Mesotherapy and Subcision can be combined to produce smooth buttocks and thighs in a relatively short time.
But don’t take my word for any of this. Conduct your own research –- online and at your local library. Cellulite is a condition that requires personal treatment and personal choices. Some members of the healthcare profession disagree that Mesotherapy is an effective treatment; others say it’s the only effective treatment.
My advice: look for proven results! Demand solid science behind any claims made by so-called experts. Then make up your own mind. Above all, recognize that cellulite is a condition that will develop independent of most of your personal choices. After all, who would willingly develop cellulite if she or he had any choice in the matter?
Pioneering the use of Mesotherapy in the U.S. to combat cellulite, Dr. Lionel Bissoon has helped thousands of women experience cellulite-free legs and buttocks. Complete with case studies, before-and-after photos and straightforward advice, his new book, "The Cellulite Cure" offers hope to cottage cheese thighs everywhere. To discover the only proven treatment option for cellulite, go to CelluliteCure.com
April 5, 2010
4 Worst Beauty Products For Your Face
Special Preview from The Beauty Prescription and McGraw-Hill
4 Worst Beauty Products For Your Face
The cosmetics industry will always tell you their products help you put your best face forward. But Dr. Debi Luftman, a Beverly Hills dermatologist and co-author of The Beauty Prescription (McGraw-Hill), says the hype behind certain skin-care products is just that.
Some of the products trotted out as part of a proper skincare regimen can actually do irreversible damage to your face.
These are the skincare products you should never, ever use -- The Four Don’ts for Your Face:
1. Avoid Toners
“Toners are primarily made of alcohol, which strips natural oils and dries up your skin,” notes Luftman. By excessively dehydrating the skin, they can make the appearance of fine lines more apparent in the long run, as well as making your skin look dull, even irritate it.
A good alternative to toners are glycolic lotions. These exfoliate dead skin, improve the appearance of fine lines and keep moisture locked in the skin.
2. Avoid Blackhead Strips
“These are usually made of adhesive tape – almost like a carpet tape,” says Luftman. Nobody should use carpet tape on their face. They have the potential of causing micro tears in the skin, and they can also break capillaries and blood vessels.
The alternative would be retinol gels or creams, which naturally help remove sebum and blackheads, and help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.
3. Ditch the Scrubs
“Many scrubs have large non spherical particles – some products even have ingredients like apricot pits,” Luftman notes.
These can cause microscopic fissures and tears in the skin which increase over time. They can also cause redness and broken blood vessels.
A safe alternative is fine home microdermabrasion creams.
Used once or twice a week they give a nice glow to the skin, exfoliating but not harmful.
4. Avoid Heavily Oilated Moisturizers
“Moisturizers saturated with mineral oils can case acne to form,” cautions Luftman. “Even dry skinned individuals can end up developing milia - mini white heads.”
The alternative is to look for creams with hydrating non-oil ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, which works like a sponge incorporating 1,000 times its own weight in water into the skin.
Luftman’s final bit of advice? It’s the ingredient list that is important.
“When you’re buying beauty products and cosmetics, check the ingredients like you check the labels of your food,” she says.
About Debra B. Luftman, MD: A board-certified dermatologist, she has a busy practice in Beverly Hills and is on the clinical faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. In addition, she is an expert on laser surgery, skin aging, acne, and sun protection. She has appeared as an expert on “Good Morning America” and “Extra.”
Learn more at www.thebeautyprescription.com.
September 18, 2008
Common Medication Making You Gain Weight?
Last week I saw a patient who was having difficulty with losing weight. The young woman was in her thirties with little to no medical problems. The patient was very frustrated and wanted to start a treatment course of Mesotherapy to help facilitate her weight loss.
NOTE: Mesotherapy is a medical specialty which has gained popularity for treating weight gain and cellulite.
She has been steadily gaining weigh over the last three years. She knew of no reason why she was gaining weight and could not understand why this was happening. She was involved in a regular exercise program three to four times a week and was eating what she considered to be healthy. Her diet consisted primarily of protein and vegetables.
At the end of the visit and deciding she was a candidate for Mesotherapy, the patient casually mentioned she had a history of migraine headaches and she wanted to know if Mesotherapy would make her headaches worse.
I inquired about her headaches and how she was treating them. Her doctor put her on a course of Inderal 20mg once a day, which she has been taking for about three years. She was very happy with the success of the Inderal and even went as far as doubling her dose daily.
Suddenly the whole picture started to make sense. Three years ago she started taking Inderal, a medication which belongs in a class of drugs known as beta blockers. Beta blockers are routinely used to treat patients after heart attacks, high blood pressure, stage fright and apparently as prevention for migraine headaches.
Medications in this class block the beta receptor on the heart, which slows down the heart rate and decreases blood pressure. When prescribing these medications physicians tend to ignore the presence of Beta receptors on fat cells. The beta receptors on fat cells mediate the breakdown of fat. Once someone takes a beta blocker it indiscriminately blocks the beta receptor in the heart and on fat cells. This is the reason why patients taking this class of drugs find it extremely difficult to lose weight.
If you are taking a medication for high blood pressure or any cardiac disease you should look up the class of medication to see if it is a beta blocker. If it is, you may want to ask your doctor if it is possible to safely switch to another class of medications.
I have seen patients who were taken off beta blockers suddenly they started losing weight with diet and exercise, which was previously difficult to shed.
Pioneering the use of Mesotherapy in the U.S. to combat cellulite, Dr. Lionel Bissoon has helped thousands of women experience cellulite-free legs and buttocks. Complete with case studies, before-and-after photos and straightforward advice, his new book, The Cellulite Cure, offers hope to cottage cheese thighs everywhere. For more information, go to www.cellulite.md
September 4, 2008