According to a new study, there may be a way to treat cellulite without taking drastic measures or spending tons of money on creams.
The study, published in the medical journal Cogent Medicine, specifically analyzed the effects of fascial manipulation on cellulite in adult women. Facial manipulation is a type of manual massage treatment that is often used to relieve pain, according to the Northern Edge Physical Therapy. In some cases, the vigorous nature of fascia manipulation can lead to bruising and injury, resulting in judgments in FasciaBlaster.
In this study, subjects used a specific fascial massage tool called FasciaBlaster; It has rounded plastic massage claws placed in a line along a stem that rubs on the areas you want to treat. Similar products on the market also claim to treat fascia and help with the appearance of cellulite.
The fascia “are vertical strips of connective tissue that adhere to the underside of the skin,” said Dr. Manish Shah, a Denver-based plastic surgeon at fullnessBuzz. Shah says that Shah says that the facial strips contain pockets of fat and that when the bands are stretched, you get the irregular appearance of the cellulite on the surface of the skin.
The study concluded that regular use of a personal fascial manipulation massage tool, which is an inexpensive alternative to invasive surgeries and luxury creams, can be effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite. But do the effects last? fullnessBuzz spoke with the doctors for answers.
First, a little primer on cellulite.
Countless articles have been written about cellulite and if there is anything that can erase it. As we have noted in the past, it is estimated that between 80% and 90% of women are affected by cellulite, that is to say, the padded appearance of the skin that usually appears on the thighs, buttocks and the hips. Men may also have cellulite, although this is not as common because the structure of their connective tissue is different from that of women.
Cellulite “is caused by fat pockets swollen by subcutaneous fascial connections.” It leads to an appearance of pavé or cottage cheese on the skin, “said Shah.
“Many hormonal, genetic and lifestyle factors contribute to the development of cellulite,” he added. “Decreasing the production of estrogen and tissue in the blood with aging leads to a decrease in collagen in the connective tissue fibers, weakens and bulges out, and the skin becomes thinner. more visible fat bags A diet rich in fats, carbohydrates and salt also leads to increased cellulite formation. ”
Other factors that may contribute to cellulite include how women store fat in their body (in columns rather than in a network, as in men’s bodies) and in hormone levels. It is also believed that poor circulation is a contributor.
Frankly speaking, there is really no “magic bullet” for cellulite, Dr. Anne Chapas told fullnessBuzz in 2018.
That brings us to this new study.
Forty-three adult women participated in the recent 12-week study. Thirty-three of them learned how to use the client interface manipulation techniques using FasciaBlaster family devices and how to use the tools five days a week for the duration of the study. The other 10 did not do any fascial manipulation.
When you use the tool with the “right amount of pressure and oil lubrication”, it essentially grips the skin, stretches and stretches the fascia under the skin, releasing adhesions or scar tissue under the skin that may cause the appearance of cellulite said Dr. Swet Chaudhari, a plastic surgeon and one of the authors of the study. When you release this scar tissue or let it remodel, it effectively improves the appearance of cellulite.
Dr. Rachel Nazarian, a dermatologist with the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York, noted that massage techniques have long been used to treat cellulite. He mentioned the “big shaking machines” of the 1950s that people used as examples.
“The massage factor is meant to treat lymphatic and blood circulation,” Nazarian said. “Some time ago, some studies showed that there may be some element of hypoxia or low oxygen levels in the tissues, which has caused some of the changes we observed in tissues in response to poor blood circulation ”
It is also thought that the lymphatic system plays a role in the formation of cellulite, said Nazarian, adding that “when you perform massages, you are effectively acting against both.” He also said to apply manual pressure on the skin. This can help boost collagen production, which is a benefit.
It should be noted that the study analyzed the effects of a specific brand of personal massage tools and that the test group was quite small. Nevertheless, as Nazarian explains, “the study could open the door to a little more understanding about some other details behind what happens when you have cellulite.”
According to the results of the study, fascial manipulation techniques have reduced “subcutaneous adipose tissue” and reduced the onset of cellulitis over the 12-week period. The study also revealed that subjects who used the massage device saw an increase in their metabolism.
There’s a bit of a catch, though.
Although the doctors we spoke to agreed that some massage techniques and tools, including things like FasciaBlaster, can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, they do not think it’s a permanent solution to cure it. Once you stop using the tool, your connective tissue tightens again, improving the appearance of cellulite.
“Healing is a strong word because it implies that once you do it, it ends, it goes away and it’s done,” said Chaudhari. With the manipulation of the fascia, he said: “You must continue to do it” to see the results continuously. Regarding the FasciaBlaster tool, Chaudhari said: “Its effects are limited to the time you use.”
Shah said he recommends that some of his patients use FasciaBlaster after undergoing non-invasive fat reduction treatment.
“I think deep tissue restructuring with a tool like FasciaBlaster helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, but I do not think it will reduce cellulite,” he said.
According to Nazarian, the results of the study are not really surprising, especially since massage techniques have already been used for the treatment of cellulite. He said that even a good massage or a technique like dry brushing or foam with foam could also bring some benefits in the treatment of cellulite, “but that does not mean it helps in the long run”.
Currently, Nazarian says that laser treatments that come in and cut off fibrous bands that contribute to depression associated with cellulite are the most effective. (One of these treatments is called Cellulaze).
But as Shah warned: “The problem of cellulite is a problem that doctors have been trying to solve for a long time, and it is clear that more research is needed to develop better treatments for cellulite.”
This story has been updated to process claims filed with FasciaBlaster.