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3 Post Pregnancy Cellulite Treatments.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Photo: Kate Moss
Like many other women I noticed that I got more cellulite during and after pregnancy. Before I got pregnant I did have some cellulite but it wasn't really visible. I tried to never stress to much about it, I try to cook and eat the best quality diet I can afford and exercise as much as possible with my work schedule and now with a six month old baby. 
About three month after I had Anabela, once her colics reduced and she started sleeping more then a few hours at a time, I kicked of my post prego body and mind recovery. 
I started with basics, I rejoined the gym, went to a manicure and pedicure and since I couldn't breast feed anymore past Anabela's 4 months I started controlling my food intake a bit better, avoiding fats and heavy carbs, eating more fibers and I tried not to eat anything (only drink water) past 6 pm.
On my first full body inspection after pregnancy my doctor recommended starting recovery with lymphatic drainage treatment to help my body push out excess water weight. This treatment reduces water retention and aids digestion. 

CELLULITE FACTS 

 Cellulite is a normal fat beneath the skin. It is a cosmetic condition affecting more then 90% of women in the world, regardless of their weight. It appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker. 
Cellulite isn't harmful however many women would like to get rid of it because of the way it looks. It is indeed less noticeable once your skin is darker however stretch marks are then more visible.


WHAT CAUSES CELLULITE? 

According to New York based dermatologist Cheryl Karcher, cellulite is caused by weakened connective tissue as a result of misbalanced hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation or any of the combination of listed causes.
It's true that cellulite runs in families so if your mother and/or grandmother had cellulite, you have a better chance of also developing it.

CELLULITE TREATMENTS 

Exercise


 Regular exercise cannot completely cure cellulite but in many cases it can help to prevent or reduce its appearance. Weight training is better way to target cellulite then only doing cardio exercises as it tightens the skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite, so it makes it less visible.
I started with doing cardio 3x per week for about 30-45min and then light lifting for another 30min, gradually I increased up to 5x per week, depending when I could get babysitter or when my boyfriend was staying home with Anabela.
Balanced Diet
According to experts, balanced plant heavy diet can help you strengthen the connective tissue, drop weight and reduce cellulite. Aim to eat more cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes and bell peppers, which are all more than 90% water (like many other fruits and veggies. Also, you want to drink lots and lots of water.
Making sure that underwear and clothing you wear is not to tight and cutting your circulation will help reduce appearance of cellulite. On the other hand, none of those tights etc. claiming to reduce cellulite are scientifically proven to work. Also, smoking contributes to appearance of cellulite as it reduces blood vessel flow and weakens and disrupts the formation of collagen in your body.

VelaShape

VelaShape uses vacuum technology to manipulate your skin while infrared light (IR) and bi-polar radio frequency (RF) energies will gently heat fat cells and surrounding tissue. Over the course of your treatments, you will notice a reduction in both circumference and in the appearance of cellulite in the treated areas.


My first cosmetic treatment post pregnancy was as noted above lymphatic drainage and then to start battling newly appeared cellulite my friend who also recently gave birth recommended VelaShape.
Before first session technical measured my legs, hips and stomach and then she used white pencil to mark trouble areas, applied a gel and started the treatment with what appeared and massage. 

First 3-4 treatments were really painful, I was warned it would hurt, but not just how much. The technical doing the treatment was super nice and she indeed warned me it might hurt and even potentially cause bruises. 
Number of sessions needed to see results: 3-10 (2x/week) depending on condition of affected areas.
Results lasting: 3-6 months, requires monthly maintenance appointments.
Price: 40-50 Euro per session (depending if you purchase individual session or a package).

LPG (Endermologie) 
After trying VelaShape I changed the cosmetic salon I was going to and went to one much closer to my house. My intention was to continue with VelaShape but after reviewing my body trouble spots dermatologist recommended to try LPG. My goal is to tighten the skin and to further reduce the appearance of cellulite post pregnancy.
I purchased a package of 10 treatments right before heading to holiday and since you can have maximum of two treatments per week I just managed to use 4 treatments and so I will continue with other 6 once I return to Barcelona.
Just like VelaShape, this technical did body evaluation and provided me with thin elastic body suite over which she used the device over the trouble areas. During Endermologie (LPG) treatment a technician runs a suctioning device surrounded by rollers over your skin, pulling and squeezing your trouble spots for about 30 minutes.  
Also, unlike VelaShape, LPG doesn't hurt at all, you will just feel suction and massage.
Number of sessions needed to see results: 10 sessions (2x/week).
Results lasting: 6 months - 1 year (no maintenance needed).
Price: 50-80 Euro per session (depending if you purchase individual session or a package).


Anti-Celullite Creams & Oils
The fact is that no topical cream, lotion or potion cannot completely remove cellulite. Often creams are advertised to remove toxins from your body which they don't really do because cellulite is NOT caused by toxins. 
Some research showed that products containing retinoids can provide some temporary results by thickening the skin thus camouflaging the cellulite. 
Basically, this is the cheapest, the least invasive but also the least effective way to treat cellulite. 
The natural oil which I tried, noticed results and I can recommend to use along with LPG treatments is a Body Sculptor Body Oil by Alqvimia . Every day I apply it once by massaging it into damp skin.

Number of applications needed: daily 1-3 months.
Results lasting: 1-3 months.
Price: 60 Euro (available only in cosmetic salons).
Did you try any anti-cellulite treatments and were happy with results? I would like to hear about it.
Do share in comment!

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