Newest ways to fight cellulite
May 16, 2013 (WPVI) -- There's no one medical consensus that explains just what causes cellulite.
Those lumpy fat deposits have been attributed to everything from poor diet and exercise to hormones, even genetics.
And it can happen anywhere including the arms, legs, and abdomen.
We are showing you the newest ways spas are diminishing the dimpling the all-natural way. 38-year-old Makeya Adger says she's spent years covering up.
"I haven't worn a bathing suit or shorts in over 10 years," Adger said.
In search of a less invasive answer to liposuction, Adger turned to the $160 "Slimming Body" treatment at the Body Klinic in Center City.
First, it's 45 minutes inside the Sybaritic Body Wrap. It's essentially a big heating blanket that gets as hot as 130 degrees.
"You are feeling lighter, you are feeling like you already lost some weight and you are feeling detoxified," Sophia Brodsky of the Body Klinic said.
Next, a treatment called electroporasion uses electric waves and a special liquid to dissolve fat deposits. Cellulite is a buildup of excess fat cells under the skin, and this machine dissipates the dimpling often called "orange peel" skin.
Brodsky recommends at least three treatments, but after just one, Makeya says.
"I'm definitely thinking about a white miniskirt," Adger said.
Over at Equilibrium Spa in Bryn Mawr, owner Marta Tothova's $140 full body lipo-stock extreme starts with a lymphatic drainage massage to draw out excess water weight.
Tothova says by hand, she can target trouble spots more accurately than a machine
"We need to move every cell," Tothova said.
Then it's 25 minutes in the heated pro slim wrap.
It pulls the impurities out with the help of an emulsion that mimics the body's own cellulite fighting endorphins.
Finally, a slimming lotion is used.
Diane Christy-Rodgers says she is actually excited for swimsuit season
"When I looked at myself my skin looked firmer. I looked a lot younger. I am happy," Christy-Rodgers said.
54-year-old Beth Zub says despite being a lifetime runner, she still battles cellulite on her thighs.
"I don't have that much but it is noticeable," Zub said.
She's hoping the solution to smoother skin lies in an ancient technique called cupping.
At Renaissance Healing Arts in Center City, licensed acupuncturist Jacquelin Doyle is using cups to suction up the toxins, drawing out lumps and bumps.
"The actual suction and massage motion actually loosens the connective tissue," Doyle said.
Doyle says most women will see a difference after just a few treatments that cost between $80 and $120, but they will also see those "cupping" marks before a few days before they fade.
Of course these are not permanent fixes and you will need more sessions depending on the results you are looking for.
There are minimal to no health risks, but do consult your doctor before starting any new treatments.
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