In this article, we will talk about several aesthetic problems that concern women and men all over the world and the different treatment options with Worlddermic virtual mesotherapy products.

First of all, we have to define what is obesity and what is cellulite, because they are two different problems with different origins.  However, both are identified with alterations of the fatty tissue, sometimes both coexist, especially in the case of obesity.

 We can have cellulite and not have obesity, but all obese people have cellulite.

Obesity:

In a very schematic way, obesity is defined as “Body Mass Index is greater than or equal to 30”.

According to the WHO, overweight and obesity are defined as “an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat that poses a health risk”.

The quality of life-related to the health of obese people is affected in other aspects, since it directly conditions certain aspects of the daily lives of these people, from physical problems (performance), mental (self-esteem) or social integration.

Cellulite:

Cellulite is a particular case of localized adiposity, very frequent in women with different connotations.

In medicine the suffix “itis” means inflammation, however, cellulite is not an inflammation of the cells, but an alteration of the interstitial tissue or, in other words, an alteration of the tissues surrounding the fat cells, called adipocytes.

For a cellulite process to occur, several factors must concur:

1- An alteration of the metabolism and composition of this interstitial tissue with the accumulation of liquid (edema) and an increase in the fatty volume of these adipocytes.

2- Retraction and alteration of the conjunctive septa or support of our body, which leads to the formation of the typical dimpling of the skin or what we know as “orange peel”. Finally, there is the retention of venous blood and lymphatic content with the appearance of varicose veins and edema in the lower extremities, thus becoming a problem of microcirculation, if not properly controlled and treated will lead to significant alterations in the subcutaneous tissue.

It is essential to establish a correct diagnosis (to know its cause or to know the origin of the organic dysfunction) of cellulite to offer a complete and effective treatment: its specific or generalized location, type and/or severity.

As aesthetic professionals, we know that every day people come to beauty salons or clinics who want treatment to improve their figure due to excess weight or body fat but not all cases can be treated in a beauty salon and some will be an unavoidable referral to a medical specialist for treatment.

It is necessary to know how to differentiate subcutaneous or peripheral obesities, also called gynoids, from abdominal or central obesities (androids), using an appropriate diagnosis, for their correct treatment.

Once the precise diagnosis has been made, the treatments must be appropriate for each type of obesity, being the fundamental pillars in generalized obesities, the balance of diet and physical exercise, as well as the reduction of oxidative stress.

In superficial adiposity and cellulite, standard treatments are aimed at eliminating excess fat using medical or aesthetic techniques and specific products formulated for this purpose. Mostly applied techniques are such as mesotherapy, shock waves, ultrasound, specific massages or virtual mesotherapy (electroporation), etc. The same important as treatments are balanced diets, generally aimed at detoxifying and draining diets in the case of cellulite and adequate physical exercise. All those can minimize to the minimum the cases that require lipo-reductive surgery.

 In short, we must differentiate between obesity and cellulite, if obesity is an energy imbalance that affects only the adipocyte.  Cellulite is a microcirculatory problem that ends up affecting the subcutaneous tissue.

HOW IS CELLULITE DIAGNOSED?

In 1956 Richoux described the tetrad that must be seen after palpation of the area to diagnose cellulitis:

  1. Increased skin thickness.
  2. Increased consistency of the skin
  3. Increased pain and tenderness of the area.
  4. Decreased skin mobility.

Today there is also a simple and effective method for an accurate diagnosis of cellulite, Thermography.

TIPS TO HELP FIGHT CELLULITE 

Drink enough water as it will help us to eliminate excess toxins and improve the lymphatic circulatory system thus favouring the elasticity of the skin is recommended a minimum of 2 litres per day.

Reduce salt intake to avoid fluid retention and other damage to the body.

Have a daily exercise routine to strengthen and improve the cardiovascular system and circulation, ultimately responsible for the appearance of the dreaded “orange peel skin”.

Once these tips have been fulfilled and incorporated into our daily lives, we can perform aesthetic treatments always directed by professionals and therapists to help us accelerate the process of eliminating cellulite and reduce centimetres, for this in Worlddermic we have created a line of anti-cellulite and reducing treatments with which to provide a comprehensive solution to these aesthetic problems.

In the next post we will explain the different Worlddermic products to treat cellulite and fat accumulation.

 

Elena Barrera

Worlddermic Technical Trainer