With so many devices in the industry it becomes confusing and difficult to research which device in particular is the best treatment for your aesthetic concerns. Over 90% of women over the age of 30 will develop or have developed some form of cellulite. Cellulite is common due to numerous reasons; it could be genetics, caused by hormonal changes, poor lymphatic drainage, age and lifestyle, smoking, alcohol intake and stress to name a few contributing factors. But what exactly causes cellulite in the skin and how can you effectively treat it?
1. Know what Cellulite is!
Cellulite is caused from enlarged fat cells, tight connective tissue bands and a weakened dermal layer. Fat cells in the subcutaneous layer are arranged in chambers surrounded by bands of connective tissue called septae (collagen). As water is retained, fat cells are enlarged which causes the fat chambers to expand against the non-flexible connective tissue. Women are prone to cellulite because we have less collagen in our skin, a higher percentage of body fat, hormones. In addition, women have a different structure of the subcutaneous layer or larger areas where the fat cells are arranged, having a U-shaped area instead of a criss-cross structure as occurs with men.
As women age and gain weight, our fat cells expand and start to fill up these U-shaped areas, pushing on the connective tissue. This connective tissue, called “septae”, is initially flexible but as a result of having to hold in these fat cells without breaking or moving into other areas, the septae hardens. In turn, the fat cells start to raise to the surface dermal layers. If losing collagen as we age wasn’t enough, now we have fat cells pushing against it weakening it even more. The dermal layer expands and molds itself to the fat cells, while the hardened and tighter connective tissue pulls down on the dermal layer. The end result is that we end up with a dimpled appearance.
Additional factors that are involved in the formation of, and contribute to, the appearance of cellulite include:
- Impairment of lymphatic drainage leading to the accumulation of lymphatic fluid and waste resulting in edema or swelling
- Reduced metabolism rate due to low venous flow and blood microcirculation which ultimately deprives the cells of oxygen and nutrients (low enzymatic activity)
- Increase in rigid and inflexible collagen fibers due to deterioration of collagen quality and the formation of cross- links between the three collagen’s chains
2. Know what Collagen is and the important role it plays.
Collagen is a major structural protein in the body and skin that is the principal constituent of white fibrous connective tissue. It makes up about 25 percent of the total amount of proteins in the body. It is found in in tendons, skin, bone, cartilage, and ligaments. It is relatively inelastic and not flexible but has a high tensile strength with the ability to resist the forces of stretching. Collagen holds the skin together, and has a greater tensile strength than steel. The quantity and quality of your skin’s collagen has a major role in your skin’s appearance. Some people refer to collagen as the glue that holds the body together. Without it, the body would, quite literally, fall apart!
Why do we need to know this???
3. Know what to look for when you research a solution!
First, due to the causes of cellulite, a solution cannot be found with creams, lotions, pills or even diet, as cellulite is a structural problem, and not a fat problem.
Finding a system or handpiece that treats all of the cellulite concerns at the same time may seem difficult. With a little help, we have provided 3 important questions you need answers to when selecting the right device or handpiece:
- Does the system’s technology target the subcutaneous or fatty layer of the skin?
- Does this same system’s technology target the dermal layers to stimulate collagen for tightening?
Note: Some technologies will only target one or 2 depths in the skin and it is important to have a technology that can target each skin layer to treat all of the symptoms.
- Does the system or handpiece incorporate vacuum assistance to stimulate the lymphatic system?
4. Viora’s CORE Technology
CORE technology patented by Viora is what sets us apart from every other device on the market. Not only do we have 3 distinct modes targeting each skin depth accurately, we have a multi-channel mode that utilizes all 3 modes at once.
- Our technology targets the subcutaneous/fatty layer and the dermal layers to stimulate collagen:
- Each treatment mode (I-IV) applies a specific frequency that targets different tissue depths, from superficial layers of the skin to the hypodermis or subcutaneous/fat tissue layer.
- The application of RF energy to the dermis and subcutaneous layers deploys heat to increase diffusivity of oxygen released by blood cells, increases cell metabolism, breakdown of rigid collagen cross links and increases skin elasticity and improves skin texture
- Deep tissue heating promotes the breakdown of fat cells by an increased temperature to the area which facilitates metabolism or faster breakdown of the stored energy (triglycerides) in the fat cell. When triglycerides are released, the result is physical atrophy, or shrinkage of the fat cell.
- Mechanical Stretch
- Mechanical stretch is caused by electrical pulses released from the RF electrodes that activate fibroblasts located in the dermis in order to induce gene expression of the Type I and III collagen (most abundant in skin), stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen and enhance secretion and enhance the elasticity of the collagen.
- Reaction and V-FORM stimulate the lymphatic system by incorporating vacuum to intensify the treatment to facilitate deeper penetration of RF energy, increase local blood circulation, increase the oxygen level and nutrient diffusion, stimulate lymphatic drainage and reduce edema (accumulation of fluids), and enhance the elasticity of the septae (connective tissue).
For more information on CORE and how it addresses cellulite, download the white paper!
Now that you’ve found Viora’s FDA cleared solution for cellulite, it’s time to take the next step!
5. Find a physician near you.