Gossip magazines and entertainment television shows have always been the first to point out which movie star has been gaining a little wait or which actress might be the next one expecting a new baby.
In addition to who was spotting with whom and who has a new haircut, magazines, blogs and TV shows are increasingly turning their attention to who has cellulite and where.
An awkward pose, a bend at the beach or an unflattering outfit can bring the cellulite paparazzi out in full force. The photographs are analyzed, splashed over every medium and scrutinized by the general public.
So why does America have this fascination with celebrity cellulite? Sometimes celebrities can seem larger than life, and seeing one of the "beautiful people" with a common flaw can bring the perceived image back to reality.
Then a few weeks or months later, the same celebrity will be seen in a new pose, looking smooth and in shape that has people wondering if the image has been digitally enhanced.
However, what you are most likely seeing is the effects of cellulite treatment. Just like celebrities have their teeth whitened or capped or add hair extensions, cellulite treatments are another option for them and everyday people to change their image and appearance to keep up with the effects of age and genetics.
Before learning about how to reduce the appearance of cellulite, it's helpful to know what causes cellulite and why it appears even on super-skinny people.
Cellulite is nothing more than regular fat. However, it's not always an indicator of excessive weight gain or overeating. Those bumps and dimples are all about genetics. Weight can cause cellulite to become more prominent, but all body types are susceptible to it.
Cellulite appears when the fibrous layer beneath the skin becomes stretched and subsequently less able to bounce back. With age, our skin loses elasticity so the layer of fat beneath the skin becomes more visible. Weight gain can also make cellulite more apparent.
Many lotions, creams and surgical treatments have claimed to cure or treat cellulite. However, laser aesthetic treatments that require no surgery or downtime are increasingly popular with celebrities and other people who lead busy lifestyles yet want to maintain their appearance.
Noninvasive treatments like VelaShape can literally take inches off the waist, buttocks, thighs, upper arms and more in as little as four treatments and with no surgery or downtime. The treatment combines heat, massage and suction to literally shrink the size of your fat cells, providing a decreased circumference of the treatment area. VelaShape is also very effective on the lumps and bumps -- cellulite -- we see on our backside, thighs and belly.
VelaShape is the first (and only) process approved by the FDA to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite and reduce thigh circumference. VelaShape is a clinically proven procedure that many Americans are choosing instead of surgical techniques. The noninvasive VelaShape device uses something called elos technology, invented by laser developer Syneron. It employs bi-polar RF waves and infrared energy to improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of cellulite and cut down on localized fat deposits by literally shrinking your fat cells.
Improvements from VelaShape often are visible within as few as four office visits. It obtains results much more quickly than other techniques because it uses high-powered and safe forms of energy. Typically, with four to six treatments spaced one week apart, patients see thinner thighs and better skin texture. Some patients have even see results on other areas of the body including stomachs, love handles, hips and buttocks.
Combination treatment plans including a noninvasive procedure such as VelaShape followed by a lotion in between appointments has shown to extend the benefits of cellulite reduction as long as possible.
A noninvasive treatment can work wonders, especially when combined with diet and exercise.
So the next time you see that celebrity who has miraculously recovered from an unflattering cellulite photo, you will know about the tips and treatments that celebrities take to maintain and improve body image. So celebrities really are just like us. They may have a bad day here or there, but they still need aesthetic treatments to enhance what genetics and body makeup have provided for them.
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