A Cure for Cellulite?
Does this doctor have the cure for cellulite? Dr. Lionel Bissoon, author of The Cellulite Cure, stops by to debunk some of the myths about cellulite and to pass along information on a new technique he says can get rid of it.
Myth #1: Only overweight women have cellulite
"Ninety percent of women have cellulite," says Dr. Bissoon. "Everyone thinks that overweight women have the most cellulite but it's the exact opposite: Thin women have the worst cellulite. Men get cellulite too, about five percent of men get it. The youngest guy I've treated was 21."
Myth #2: Exercise can burn off cellulite
"Between 25 and 35, estrogen is going down and that's when the cellulite starts to show its ugly face," says Dr. Bissoon. "The other cause is lifestyle. Exercising helps, but it's not going to take away cellulite. It will just work on prevention."
Myth #3: What's underwear got to do with it?
"Elastic is like a tourniquet," Dr. Bissoon explains. "It goes across the buttocks and cuts off circulation, causing dimples. These things are absolutely bad for you. Throw the grandma panties away! Get lace, no elastic. The lace across the groin is perfect -- no tight elastic. To prevent cellulite at night, sleep naked."
According to Dr. Bissoon, there are three stages of cellulite:
The legs look absolutely perfect but when you pinch the skin, you see the appearance of cellulite.
Cellulite appears when you look at the legs. You can't really miss it.
Cellulite is obvious even when lying down.
Grade 3, also known as terminal cellulite, is not terminal at all. Dr. Bissoon insists that even at this stage, it's still treatable. "It takes a little longer but there's hope," he assures. "There's hope for everybody."
Dr. Bissoon treats his patients through a procedure called mesotherapy, where medicine is injected under the skin. "We inject from the thighs to the knees. It takes about 10-15 sessions for results," he explains. He recommends 10 to 15 sessions for people with Grade 2 cellulite. At between $500 and $700 a session, it is quite an investment. Unfortunately, because cellulite is "something that grows every day," as he says, annual follow-up treatments are needed.
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