Cellulite Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
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Diet and exercise are two of the best ways of preventing dimpled skin. But if you're already seeing the signs of it, there are options. Watch cellulite causes, symptoms and treatments for more.
Transcript: Cellulite: men and women worldwide curse it. It's so common, 8 out of 10 of women have some form of lumps...
Cellulite: men and women worldwide curse it. It's so common, 8 out of 10 of women have some form of lumps and bumps. And every year, they spend MILLIONS of dollars looking for a cure- most of the time with few results. My advice? Forget the expensive creams and butters. Here's the REAL scoop on how to keep your legs dimple-free. First, how do we get cellulite? Fibrous cords in your body connect muscle to the skin, with a layer of fat in the middle. When these fibers stretch tight or break down, it lets the fat bulge out, creating cellulite - especially on areas like your hips, thighs, and butt. Because we all have a layer of fat here, even skinny people aren't safe. While this breakdown of collagen fibers happens with age, your genes, a poor diet, slow metabolism, and hormone changes can speed up the process. So how do you treat it? First the bad news: Once cellulite starts, there is nothing you can do to make it completely vanish. The good news: There are ways you can reduce the appearance or even help keep it from showing up in the first place. The NUMBER ONE way to prevent and reduce dimpling is through diet and exercise. The combo of strengthening the muscles in your lower body and losing a few pounds makes everything tighter and smoother. We know this isn't an overnight cure, but you'll get the double benefit of having a healthy body. Quick-fix cures are usually a waste of money. In fact, in the case of liposuction--which is when fat is sucked out from an area of your body--some treatments can actually make it worse. If you're willing to invest money into minimizing your cellulite, the only procedures that so far have shown promise are laser and radiofrequency treatments combined with massage. This requires 2 treatments a week for several weeks and results are said to last up to 6 months. Whether you choose to treat it or not, know that cellulite is natural. Even the best of us have a few dimples to hide. Check out the rest of the videos in this series to discover more ways to keep your skin looking its best.More »
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If you want to minimize the look of a scar, dermabrasion is one option. While dermabrasion for scar removal can completely remove lighter scars, deeper scars won't vanish completely. Find out more in this video.
Transcript: For serious scar reduction, head to your dermatologist. First option? Dermabrasion. This is where the...
For serious scar reduction, head to your dermatologist. First option? Dermabrasion. This is where the top layer of your epidermis is removed with a spinning brush to help even out your skin. Deeper marks MAY require repeated treatments. Side effects include raw, red skin, which can take a few days to a week to heal. Similarly, laser treatments and chemical peels are designed to strip away the top layer of skin and reduce the visibility of scars. Multiple treatments are needed for deep marks or to flatten raised scars called keloids. Both can cause slight discomfort, but most irritation typically goes away within a couple of days. Your scar will visibly diminish, but won't disappear completely.More »
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Young people have turned to Botox to prevent their wrinkles. But is this a good choice, and is it even safe? Watch to learn more.
Transcript: From 2011 to 2012, the number of 20-29 year olds receiving Botox injections went up 8 percent. And the...
From 2011 to 2012, the number of 20-29 year olds receiving Botox injections went up 8 percent. And the number is likely to increase again in 2013. Why the jump, when 20-somethings generally don't have wrinkles or fine lines? Well, women AND men at that age get Botox and other similar injectables to PREVENT wrinkles. Over time, REPETITIVE use of facial muscles to frown, PLUS wear and tear from exposure to sun and wind, create wrinkles. Botulinum toxin injections weaken specific facial muscles so they can't contract. This DIMINISHES the appearance of frown lines, crow's feet and FOREHEAD lines. But when a young person KEEPS UP with injections over the years, facial muscles may REMAIN weakened, effectively preventing wrinkles from forming. Some dermatologists, including myself, believe that preventive botulinum toxin injections are a perfectly LEGITIMATE, LOW-RISK way to reduce future wrinkles. It makes sense that regular injections will help the effects last longer, and any wrinkles that do appear likely WON'T be as deep as they would've been. Other dermatologists and plastic surgeons DON'T think that young people should be receiving botulinum toxin injections. It's still a drug, after all, and side effects can happen. Common side effects include pain at the injection site. But if the injections aren't placed correctly, the botulinum toxin can spread to other muscles and cause eyelid droop, crooked eyebrows. And remember, there's nothing like a healthy lifestyle to improve your chances for beautiful skin. So do not smoke, use sunscreen, do not eat processed foods and get plenty of rest. Your skin will thank you for it.More »
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Excessive sweating, or hyperhydrosis, can be an embarrassing condition. But Botox injections can help treat your sweating problem. Watch this to learn more.
Transcript: You usually think of Botox as an anti-wrinkle treatment. But, since 2004, it's been used to treat severe...
You usually think of Botox as an anti-wrinkle treatment. But, since 2004, it's been used to treat severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, or in real-world terms, Botox can be used for EXCESSIVE armpit sweating. Everybody sweats, but people with hyperhidrosis have OVERACTIVE sweat glands and they sweat MORE than necessary. The excessive sweating causes physical discomfort and can INTERRUPT a person's daily activities. Botox may be prescribed if prescription antiperspirants don't work. These injections work by temporarily blocking the signals from the nerves to stimulate sweat glands. Botox treatment for excessive sweating -a.k.a botulinum toxin-A injections -may be covered by insurance. Otherwise it can cost about $1,000 per session. One session usually includes about 15 injections. It only takes about 10 minutes and lasts, on AVERAGE, 6 to 7 months. The sweating will subside GRADUALLY over the next month and gradually COME BACK when the treatment wears off. To keep excessive sweating in control, a patient will have to go in for a session EVERY time symptoms return.Although Botox is ONLY indicated for hyperhidrosis of the armpits, some dermatologists often use it to treat excessive sweating in the HANDS and FEET. These injection sites can be EXTRA painful, and if the botulinum toxin-A accidentally reaches the HAND muscles instead of the sweat glands, muscle weakness can occur. Side effects of Botox applied to the armpits TYPICALLY include: PAIN at the injection site. If you have excessive sweating and you think you might be a candidate for Botox treatment, talk to your primary care doctor or dermatologist to find out more.More »
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Botox isn't the only botulinum toxin-A injection on the market. Learn about its competitors, Dysport and Xeomin, and find out which one is the best for your wrinkle-fighting needs.
Transcript: Botox is SO popular, that you may not know there are two other injectable Botulinum toxin-A brands: Dysport...
Botox is SO popular, that you may not know there are two other injectable Botulinum toxin-A brands: Dysport and Xeomin. Dysport was initially used to treat cervical DYSTONIA, a condition that involves involuntary muscle spasms in the neck. In 2009, it was FDA approved to REDUCE the appearance of frown lines. Like Botox, it blocks the facial muscles from contracting, preventing movement that causes frown lines. Dysport typically involves about 5 injections, depending upon the area being targeted. It may start to take effect MORE QUICKLY than Botox, and can last up to 4 months. It's also slightly less expensive. Participants in a 2011 comparison study at the Maas Clinic in San Francisco rated Dysport as MORE effective than Botox at reducing crow's feet while smiling. But while the face was at rest, no difference between the two was noticeable. It's important to note that the use of Dysport for crows feed is off-label. Common Dysport side effects include temporary nose and throat irritation, headache, and pain or skin reaction at the injection site, usually bruising. Another Botox competitor, XEOMIN, was also originally approved to treat cervical dystonia, and was then approved for use against frown lines in 2011. It works in the same way as Dysport and Botox. The effects appear within a WEEK and last about 3 months. Its cost is LOWER than Botox but HIGHER than Dysport. Unlike Botox and Dysport though, Xeomin is made WITHOUT additives. Its only ingredient is botulinum toxin A, REDUCING the risk of a negative reaction to the injection. Choosing between Botox, Dysport and Xeomin is a decision you can make with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Make sure you're receiving the injections from someone with the correct training and credentials, at a medical facility, not a spa or a nail salon-EVER! To learn about other anti-aging procedures, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Dermabrasion and microdermasion aren't as popular as they once were, but they do the job of improve the appearance of your skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and more. Watch this to learn how they work.
Transcript: Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are two popular anti-aging treatments that can improve the look of...
Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are two popular anti-aging treatments that can improve the look of your skin. While at-home MICROdermabrasion kits CAN be used, undergoing microdermabrasion in a doctor's office offers more striking results. DERMABRASION can REDUCE deep wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, skin growths and more. During a dermabrasion treatment, your skin will be NUMBED with a local anesthetic and ice packs or a freezing spray will be used to firm the skin before treatment. Then, your skin will be held taut by an assistant as a doctor moves a MOTORIZED, abrasive wheel or brush across the skin, removing the outer layers as it goes. Afterwards, your doctor may apply an ointment to soothe your red, swollen, tender skin. You may have to take painkillers for a few days and go back to your dermatologist for follow-up appointments. The swelling and PINKNESS will go away in 2 to 4 weeks. Expect itchiness as your new layer of skin grows. Lasting, but not permanent, possible side effects include DISCOLORATION, large scars, enlarged pores and whiteheads. MICROdermabrasion can improve a dull COMPLEXION, decrease the appearance of dark spots due to acne or sun damage, EVEN OUT skin tone, and more. And while it doesn't remove deep wrinkles, recovery time is shorter and side effects are less severe than with dermabrasion. There are 2 MICROdermabrasion devices that dermatologists use - one is a handheld device that releases tiny, exfoliating crystals on your skin. A small suction device then sucks up the crystals, as well as your dead skin. Another device is a DIAMOND tipped wand that exfoliates as your dermatologist moves it across your skin. You might be given a cream to ENHANCE the treatment. Your skin maybe slightly red for the rest of the day but there is no down time and you can apply makeup right after the treatment. For more information on improving your skin's appearance, watch the other videos in this series.More »
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