Glossary of Cellulite Terms (M-S)

Commonly used cellulite and cellulite-related terms pertaining to cellulite, cellulite treatment, cellulite reduction and removal.

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Massage: increases circulation and lymphatic drainage, reduces muscular spasms and breaks down adhesions. Lymphatic drainage is a specific massage, which removes accumulated fluid but has little effect on cellulite.

Mesotherapy: the practice of using microinjections of conventional or homeopathic medication and/or vitamins into the mesoderm or middle layer of skin to deliver healing or corrective treatment to a specific area of the body. Mesotherapy has not been proven benefical in cellulite reduction.

Orange peel effect: descriptive term describing the dimpled layers of skin also known as cellulite.

Pantyhose for cellulite reduction: Your cellulite won't go away by wearing hosiery claiming to get rid of it. The pantyhose for cellulite reduction have a patented technology that allows the release of an active ingredient, thought to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Theophylline acetate (TA) is the ingredient which is supposed to be released - but there is no proof it works. Research published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (September 1999) showed that applying TA topically doesn't affect or change cellulite. Whether or not TA can be delivered by pantyhose, it is impossible for the TA to remain active after you wash the pantyhose.

Pilates: exercise program that works to tone the muscles. Pilates has not been shown to be effective in cellulite reduction.

Quadruple Thighpass™: an anti-cellulite treatment for those with "thigh" anxiety. An "all points attack" on orange-peel leaning legs. This anti-cellulite treatment consists of a custom-blended microcirculation-stimulating essential oil, sluggish lymph gland handling, and two types of thigh-smoothing, toxin-purging massage. Massage provides only a temporary cure for cellulite.

Retinoids: vitamin A derivatives approved by the FDA as an effective treatment for wrinkles. Retinoids are now being considered as a possible treatment for cellulite, but as of yet no large-scale studies have been published showing their value in this area.

Rosacea: A skin disease resulting in redness of the face.

Shoe or sneaker: through their multi-layered soles, anti-cellulite shoes and sneakers cushion your feet while challenging your muscles (from calves to intercostals and everywhere in between). Clinical studies suggest that regular use improves balance, posture and (most crucial in the fight against fat) circulation. Anti-cellulite sneakers and shoes are not effective in cellulite reduction, but are a good way to get a workout and improve muscle tone.

Soft cellulite: not as concentrated as hard cellulite and is much more visible. It occurs in large areas and, because it doesn't attach so strongly to the muscle, it's looser, often sagging from the body. The result is often poor muscle tone. Even thoughSoft cellulite is easier to spot, and also easier to remove.

Super-wet technique liposuction for cellulite: is similar to tumescent liposuction for cellulite. The difference is that not as much fluid is used during the surgery - the amount of fluid injected is equal to the amount of cellulite (fat) to be removed. This technique takes less time; however it often requires sedation via an IV, or general anesthesia. Does not always produce the desired results in cellulite reduction or removal.

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