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
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
Can Cellulite Be A Sign of Hypothyroidism?
Special for Diet.com
by Lionel Bissoon
Author of The Cellulite Cure
Cellulite is a very popular topic for today’s woman. Every major magazine, newspapers and television station has a cellulite story. These stories tend to appear mostly around late spring to early summer. Many of these timely stories tend to focus on treatment options as opposed to medical causes. While few medical causes are ever discussed, hypothyroidism may very well be an ignored or unknown as a cause of cellulite.
While most women with cellulite look at their legs in dismay, at the same time wonder how and why they developed this horrible and disfiguring condition. Cellulite can show its face starting at age 25-35. Cellulite can appear in women who are on a rigorous work out regime, in someone who is sedentary and quite possibly a person who is hypothyroid. This may seem as a surprise to the reader, as many are condition to think that cellulite is present only in those who are overweight and sedentary.
It is estimated that 60 percent of women are subclinically hypothyroid. What this means is a lab test may or may not confirm the diagnosis. However, the patient may have symptoms consistent with hypothyroidism. When this occurs the lab studies need to be interpreted with the symptoms in mind.
It is a common practice for physicians to only order a Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test without the other components. It is really difficult to interpret the TSH without the other components of the thyroid profile unless it is grossly abnormal. In today’s medicine it is considered abnormal if the TSH is greater than 2.0 with symptoms. However, many physicians still go by the absolute numbers on the reference range with 5.5 being the high end of normal. In other words, the patient symptoms are largely ignored.
Another study, which should be performed, is the Free T3 and Reverse T3. Think of Free T3 as the fuel that runs every cell in the body and Reverse T3 as the fuel that shuts down every cell. The thyroid gland produces a hormone called T4 and this can be converted in to T3 or Reverse T3. Think of T3 as good and Reverse T3 is bad. There are few known reasons why Reverse T3 is produced, such as in starvation, fasting and dieting and there are also unknown reasons.
In hypothyroidism there are over 100 symptoms, some of the major ones are weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, constipation, moody, irritable, difficulty concentration and cold intolerance. Yet symptoms of cold hands and feet are largely ignored. All these symptoms require a thyroid evaluation and treatment when indicated. It is fascinating to hear patient reports of thyroid supplementation producing a warming effect in their extremities. This warming effect can help prevent cellulite from progressing.
Since hypothyroidism lowers the basal metabolic rate, it will surely put one at risk for developing cellulite especially with symptoms of cold extremities. With lower temperature comes lower metabolism that is a perfect setup for the formation of cellulite. Thus, a patient with cellulite with or without all the above symptoms should certainly have their thyroids evaluated. In some patients early cellulite may be the only sign of hypothyroidism.
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 www.cellulite.md.
April 23, 2008