Cellulite is fat collected in pockets right below the surface of the skin. Typically found around the hips, buttocks, and thighs, it makes the skin surface look dimpled (“orange peel skin”). Although cellulite is really no different than fat found elsewhere in the body, it is more visible, because the collagen fibers connecting fat to skin stretch or pull tight, allowing the fat cells to bulge out. Women are more prone to cellulite than men, and even people who are of normal weight or thin may have cellulite.
Liposuction is a popular fat reduction method that removes fat cells from the body. Traditional liposuction is a minor surgical procedure; a cannula and physical manipulation are used to suction fat from under the skin. Laser liposuction such as the Yoko Curve laser uses laser heat to soften or liquefy the fat, which makes it easier to remove. The laser also provides some skin tightening effect. Laser liposuction usually causes less bruising because it is less invasive, and the recovery time is much shorter.
Body contouring is a surgical procedure. It is often used after dramatic weight loss to correct sagging skin. It is not usually used to remove fat or correct cellulite. Body sculpting is usually a modified liposuction procedure. The purpose is to remove fat cells, which will not regenerate, as results are permanent. Although body sculpting may help the appearance of cellulite, it is primarily used for fat removal in areas unresponsive to diet and exercise.
Research has shown that many relatively toxic chemicals bind to fat cells in the body. When people lose weight, these toxins are released into the bloodstream. Many of them affect the thyroid gland and decrease thyroid hormone production, which slows metabolism and makes weight loss more difficult. Detoxifying helps remove these chemicals so the thyroid functions properly and weight loss is more likely to be successful.