Glossary of Cellulite Terms (T-Z)
Commonly used cellulite and cellulite-related terms pertaining to cellulite, cellulite treatment, cellulite reduction and removal.
Tanning: tanning the area where you have cellulite can make it appear less noticeable. However, the sun causes collagen in the skin to stretch and change, which can actually magnify the look of cellulite.
Theophylline: also known as aminophylline or xanthines. They are common ingredients in many cellulite treatment creams and are shown in vitro to stimulate fat metabolism. Most recent studies involving actual subjects have not shown these cellulite treatment creams to be useful in the treatment of cellulite.
Tri-Active LaserDermology (SM): a new cellulite technology incorporating three different methods (Triple Action) for restoring a normal cellulite balance to the skin and outer layers, including smoothing and tightening to reduce cellulite. This Triple Action cellulite treatment is designed to reduce the appearance of cellulite through the combined action of mechanical massage, localized cooling and deep laser stimulation. This is a wonderful treatment for cellulite, however expensive for a cellulite treatment.
Tumescent liposuction: (fluid injection) the most common type of liposuction. It involves injecting a large amount of medicated solution into the areas before the cellulite (fat) is removed (sometimes, up to three times the volume of fat to be removed). The fluid is a mixture of local anesthetic (lidocaine), a drug that contracts the blood vessels (epinephrine), and an intravenous (IV) salt solution. This type of cellulite liposuction generally takes longer than other types. Does not produce the desired results in cellulite reduction or cellulite removal.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction for cellulite reduction: (UAL) a fairly new cellulite technique, used in the US since 1996. During this technique ultrasonic vibrations are used to liquefy cellulite (fat) cells. After the cells are liquefied, they can be vacuumed out. UAL can be done in two ways, external (above the surface of the skin with a special emitter) or internal (below the surface of the skin with a small, heated cannula). Does not always produce the desired results in cellulite reduction or removal and not a good cellulite reduction treatment.
Xanthines: also known as aminophylline and theophylline, are common ingredients in many cellulite treatment creams and are shown in vitro to stimulate cellulite (fat) metabolism. Most studies involving actual cellulite patients have not found these cellulite treatment creams to be useful in reducing cellulite.
Yoga: an effective way to reduce stress and tone the body but not effective in getting rid of cellulite.