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MEET CELLULITE’S NEWEST FOE: ORASER® CELLULITE CONTROL BODY SMOOTHING CREME

There’s nothing we wouldn’t do and no amount of money we wouldn’t spend to get rid of cellulite – that lumpy, dimpled cottage cheese skin on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen.

No one knows exactly what causes cellulite, but it is thought to involve fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle with fat in-between. Fat cells accumulate and push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords pull down, creating the dimpling effect a.k.a cellulite.

Cellulite has nothing to do with weight or weight gain as many thin people also develop this vexing skin condition. More women develop cellulite than men, and it is also more common with advancing age when the skin loses elasticity.

There are many lasers and devices on the market that come with high price tags and can produce reliable results, but ZO Skin Health’s new Oraser® Cellulite Control Body Smoothing Creme may do the trick – without the expense and downtime associated with energy-based anti-cellulite treatments.

The key ingredients: plankton extract, saccharide isomerate, caffeine, coenzyme A, carnitine, carrageenan extract and phosphatidylcholine, all work synergistically to improve the skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of cellulite. In addition to smoothing skin, the crème also helps improve microcirculation, reduce skin contour, encourage the production of collagen for firmer skin and restores hydration to support a healthy skin barrier function.

Dr. Zein Obagi recommends using the crème twice daily, morning and night on clean, dry skin. Apply it liberally to any part of the body with cellulite, especially the hips, thighs, and buttocks, as well as the surrounding areas, he says. Oraser® Cellulite Control Body Smoothing Creme is available at http://zoskinhealth.com and through physicians and dermatologists worldwide.

In addition to using the crème as directed, exercise may also help break down fat, boost circulation and consequently give your skin a smoother appearance.

Massage – especially deep-tissue massage – can also improve the appearance of cellulite. Weight loss, however, is a double-edged sword. If you are overweight, losing weight may reduce the amount of visible cellulite, but for some people, weight loss can cause loose skin, which can make cellulite even more noticeable.

If you are concerned about the appearance of cellulite, see your dermatologist or ZO skin care professional to find out what products or procedures may help. To locate a ZO skincare specialist near you, visit https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you.

THE TRUTH ABOUT LASER SKIN RESURFACING

The CO2 laser is widely considered to be the most versatile laser system because it can be used to treat multiple degrees of scarring and visible signs of aging and will give a more dramatic response in a single treatment. However, because there is usually significant downtime and higher risks associated with ablative or deep resurfacing, not everyone can tolerate the treatment.

The adverse events vary based on the treatment modality chosen. With any injury to the skin you must be concerned about initiating an infectious process. Ablative resurfacing is more likely to cause changes in the pigmentation of the skin that is less frequent with a non-ablative treatment.

Many dermatologists and plastic surgeons have chosen to offer non-ablative laser skin resurfacing for this reason. Non-ablative devices can be very effective and over time, you may achieve the same results as with deeper treatments if you have several sessions.

For example, one very popular technology is Fraxel® for non-ablative skin resurfacing. Among the many benefits are the significant improvements in skin tone and texture that can be achieved. The dual wavelength of the Fraxel technology can also be used to treat dark blotches and sunspots.

When undergoing fractionated CO2 laser treatment, you can expect to have about five days of downtime. Most doctors will recommend using an occlusive ointment for the first several days while they are peeling. The ZO® Post Procedure Recovery System can greatly improve the post-laser experience. It contains three key products formulated to synergistically deliver the most advanced technology to protect and soothe skin.  The products were designed to help prevent scabbing and restore the skin’s barrier to speed up the skin’s natural regenerative process.

Around day five after Fraxel, you will have completed the peeling and your doctor may allow you to apply camouflage makeup.  Your skin will be slightly pink which gradually fades. Some fair skinned individuals may be pink for several weeks or longer, depending on how aggressively the treatment was performed.

Wrinkle-reducing results can be dramatic with Fraxel after a series of 3 – 5 treatments based on your skin type and concerns.