Cellulite can be defined as a medical disorder observed as microscopic changes within the skin. These invisible changes manifest later after puberty as dimples. Cellulite is caused by skin that has deteriorated to a point that buoyant fat cells are able to push into the dermis, the middle layer of the skin, and show through the surface as unsightly lumps and bumps.

One plausible explanation - which also explains why very few men suffer from cellulite - is based on the composition and behavior of women's fat cells and the connective tissue that holds them in place. Very simply, a woman's connective tissue is very inflexible, so as females gain weight their fat cells expand, and tend to bulge upwards towards the surface of the skin, giving the classic orange-peel appearance of cellulite. The bands of fat cells in females is also placed in vertical bands, making the dimples more obvious and unsightly. In men, not only is there generally less fat on the thighs, but also the outer skin is thicker and thus obscures what is happening to any surplus fat below. The placement of the cells is also in more diagonal patterns, thus making it quite hard to see visible dimples in the skin, unless the patient is severely overweight, and even then it is not as apparent and unsightly as in a female.

The causes of cellulite are poorly understood, and several changes in metabolism or physiology may cause cellulite or contribute to cellulite.

  • Among these are a disorder of water metabolism, abnormal hyper-polymerization of the connective tissue and chronic venous insufficiency which at Body Renewal is treated with a combination of Carboxytherapy and various Radio Frequency treatments (see below).
  • Hormones play a dominant role in the formation of cellulite. Oestrogen is the most important hormone as it seems to initiate and aggravate cellulite. Other hormones including insulin, adrenaline, noradrenaline, thyroid hormone and prolactin have all been shown to participate in the development of cellulite.
  • Poor circulation or impaired blood circulation and lymphatic drainage have been shown to aggravate the production of cellulite.
  • Diet has been shown to affect the development and amount of cellulite. Excessive amounts of fat, carbohydrates, salt, or too little fibre can all contribute to an increased production of cellulite.
  • Smoking, lack of exercise, fatty/starchy foods, and sitting or standing in a single position for long periods have all been correlated with an increase in cellulite.
  • A highly stressed lifestyle will cause an increase in the catecholamine hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline which have been shown to participate in the development of cellulite.
  • Within the last 40-50 years women went from loose underwear around the thighs to tight underwear going across the middle of the buttock. Underwear that has tight elastic across the buttock limits blood flow, encouraging cellulite to form. Wearing thongs, boy shorts, or sleeping naked can reduce the impact underwear plays on cellulite's development.

Classification of Cellulite:

Grade 1

No clinical symptoms, but there are anatomical changes seen under the microscope.

In this case the patient cannot visibly see the cellulite with the naked eye.

Grade 2

The skin shows paleness, lower temperature, and decreased elasticity after compression or muscular contraction. There is no visible "orange peel" roughness to the skin. Additional anatomical changes are detected by microscopic examination.

Grade 3

Visible "orange peel" roughness to the skin is visible at rest. This is the "canonical" grade of cellulite. Thin granulations in the deep levels of the skin can be detected by palpitation. All Grade 2 signs are present, with further anatomical changes, detectable under the microscope

Grade 4

All Grade 3 symptoms are present, with more visible, palpable, and painful lumps present which adhere to deep structures in the skin. The skin has a noticeable dimpled, wavy appearance. Additional microscopic changes are detected. Grade 4 Cellulite is constantly visible to the patient (regardless of whether the patient is sitting, standing or lying down).

Collections of fat and layers of cellulite located in the most inconvenient locations can ruin your best efforts at looking good. They can dramatically affect how you feel about yourself and your appearance; especially when you head for the beach.

Cellulite is a progressive condition and if not treated can become a major stumbling block to self-esteem and a healthy body. The best treatment is early intervention. Any treatment modality on its own can make a big difference, but in our eyes it's not sufficient. Cellulite has different forms and grades and thus success at combating cellulite needs a combination of treatments that include lymphatic drainage, reduction of fat cells, stretching of connective tissue and collagen stimulation. The application of good, circulation stimulating products is also extremely beneficial.

Home Therapies:

At Body Renewal the following topical home therapies are recommended to improve the in-office treatments:

  • The success of Patricia Clarke Gel is due to the amazing formulated suspension of specially selected elements and plant extracts. The gel contains 27 different plant extracts including Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Ginseng, Seaweed, Horse chestnut, Fennel, Horse wrack, St John's wart, Cypress, Lemonine, Peppermint, to name a few. The gel also contains strengthening, diuretic, healing, firming and toning liposomes, and establishing properties which maintain the contours of the body helping avoid a spongy appearance.
  • Doctor Duve Cellulite Gel contains a highly effective Slimming Complex that stimulates lipolysis (fat burning) herefore promoting the elimination of metabolic waste products. Horse Chestnut extract firms the skins tissue and promotes micro-circulation. Caffeine stimulates the lipo-metabolism and supports the breakdown of fatty deposits. An extract of African Pepper refreshes the skin and has an invigorating effect and stimulates circulation. NMF (Natural Moisturizing Factor) components such as lactic acid, urea and pyrrolidine carbonic acid have intensely moisturizing properties.
  • Body Renewal recommends the use of contouring pressure, i.e. Neoprene Stocking to improve cellulite results.
  • Dermaroller Beauty Mouse for enhanced penetration of the Patricia Clarke gel.


At Body Renewal cellulite reducing supplements such as Zinsel, CLA, MSM with Vit C and Vit K2 & D3 are available to improve in-office treatments.

In Office treatments:

Body Renewal is excited to offer the next step in multi-modality therapy in treating cellulite. By carefully combining the above mentioned internationally recognized techniques and cutting edge technologies; we have developed a combination of non-invasive cellulite therapies that is bringing lipo-cellulite therapy to a whole new level. A highly professional team led by a medical doctor assesses every patient and an appropriate combination treatment together with long term maintenance program is recommended. Our ultimate goal is to achieve consistent and successful results with minimal downtime and discomfort for our patients.

Body Renewal Tip

More than 80% of women over the age of 20, regardless of their weight or size, are affected by cellulite and exercise resistant fat. Cellulite can dramatically affect how you feel about yourself and your appearance; especially at summertime when you head for the beach. Unfortunately a stunning "Hollywood" face and body has not been handed out by nature - it has to be bought and this usually comes at an expensive price. At Body Renewal we have recognized this problem and have come up with solutions to make it more affordable for the average person.

Cellulite packages include the affordable miracle gas of Carboxytherapy which:

  • Improves cellulite by improving the venous insufficiency which causes poor circulation and the build-up of toxins
  • Improves varicose and spider veins as the problem of venous insufficiency is addressed
  • Treats localized fat deposits effectively ,
  • Tightens superficial skin with long term collagen stimulation
  • Improves difficult to treat stretch marks

Carboxytherapy is truly a revolutionary, new non-surgical treatment that can deliver dramatic results without surgery in a short space of time.


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Review -Always great, professional & knowledgeable!
Reviewed on 11 February 2016 by C.S from Fourways

Bev is always great, professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Cellulite seems to be improving too!

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Review -Fantastic and Kind!
Reviewed on 29 December 2015 by Beatri Meyer

I had a fantastic and kind treatment with Charleen! Very professional and knowledgeable. Will recommend her to anybody as a professional. Thank you for being so accommodating!

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Review -Very pleasant!
Reviewed on 22 December 2015 by Amanda Colombo

Charleen is a regular therapist of mine. My experience with her is always very pleasant. She is well experienced and knowledgable and always extremely friendly, considerate and professional. My experience with her is always a good one!

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Review -Tamara - exceptional therapist!
Reviewed on 9 December 2015 by Sam

Tamara is an exceptional therapist. I cannot recommend her highly enough! Completely reliable, thorough and caring. She always knew exactly what she was doing and I was thrilled with my results. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

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Review -Charleen: Velasmooth Treatment!
Reviewed on 13 November 2015 by Liza-Mari Du Plessis

I went for a total of 8 Velasmooth treatments and after the first one I knew Charleen would be my preferred therapist for the rest of them. Always friendly, always professional and even patient enough for me to let my 2 year old tag along to 4 of my treatments. Overall I'm very happy; both with my amazing results and with Skin Renewal Willowbridge.

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Review -Cellulite Treatments!
Reviewed on 23 October 2015 by S.J from Cape Quarter

Amazing results! Probably the only thing that works for cellulite. Therapists are great too!

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Review -Highly impressed!
Reviewed on 13 October 2015 by S.V from Willowbridge

I received 8 x Velasmooth treatments and 2 x Carboxytherapy from Charleen Liebenberg and was highly impressed by her professionality, knowledge, kindness and proper way of treatment. She is an asset to the company and would refer more clients definitely to her. She could answer all my questions, made me feel at ease and most of all made it an extremely pleasant experience!!!

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Review -Very Effective Cellulite Treatment!
Reviewed on 16 March 2015 by Mrs M.V. Stellenbosch

The Carboxytherapy treatment was highly effective in treating my cellulite, and I would highly recommend it! Bernice is an amazing therapist, both with the treatments she offers and her client care. Thank you!

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Review -Wrap & Massage for Cellulite
Reviewed on 5 November 2014 by Diana Lovemore

I had a full body exfoliation and detoxification wrap, which was followed by a massage. Yoscha did a absolutely brilliant treatment!

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Review -Great ambiance!
Reviewed on 23 October 2014 by Mrs E. R. Constantia

The ambiance of Body Renewal Constantia is great, and the staff are brilliant and very efficient. Bianca is my therapist who performed the Velashape treatments with great success.

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Review -I am more confident & happy
Reviewed on 22 October 2014 by Miss I. A. Constantia

Carboxytherapy sorted out my "big" problem! I am more confident and happy thanks to my therapist, Chevaun, and the combination treatment of Carboxytherapy & Velashape to improve my cellulite.

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Review -Super happy with my results!
Reviewed on 15 October 2014 by Mrs M Smit Constantia

Excellent!! My Therapist, Bianca, is amazing! I am super happy with my results, thank you Skin Renewal Constantia for effectively treating my cellulite concern!

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Review -Great treatment
Reviewed on 30 September 2014 by A.M from Body Renewal Irene

Landa has been wonderful in the past few treatment schedules I have had with her. She is very professional in her conduct, encouraging and helpful and also very friendly.

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Review -Great treatment
Reviewed on 30 September 2014 by A.M from Body Renewal Brooklyn Masike

Landa has been wonderful in the past few treatment schedules I have had with her. She is very professional in her conduct, encouraging and helpful and also very friendly.

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Review -Very good treatment!
Reviewed on 29 September 2014 by P. S from Body Renewal Irene

I received the treatment on my arms. It was an extremely positive experience. She is a very good therapist and knowledgeable, explaining everything to me.

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Review -Thank you!
Reviewed on 23 September 2014 by S.P from Body Renewal Parkhurst Post

Kelly has been my therapist for 2 years and I have found her continuous conversations are always fantastic and helpful. Most pleasant to be around.

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Review -A great experience!
Reviewed on 19 September 2014 by Rozaan Roberts

Reception and therapist have gone out of their way to assist and make each experience and visit memorable. Explained procedure and steps clearly. Very happy customer!

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Review -A very good experience
Reviewed on 18 September 2014 by Inga Jacobs

The staff at Irene are extremely friendly, supportive and helpful. Especially Landa who administers my treatment. Not only does she efficiently complete my treatment but she has a broad knowledge of all offerings. I just wish Irene was open for longer hours and longer on Saturdays for working folk, it would help tremendously.

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Review -World Class Treatment
Reviewed on 18 September 2014 by A.M from Body Renewal Fourways

My treatments and therapists can only be described as world class. Not only do I receive 5 star treatment but also the amazing bedside manner of professional yet friendly therapists who offer comfort and conversation, soothing what would be a uncomfortable treatment.

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Review -Great treatments!
Reviewed on 10 September 2014 by Debbie Pearlman

Great treatments, Early stages so success thereof still to be seen, as only 2 treatments had. Lovely warm stuff. A very professional operation.

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Review -Professional & Friendly staff
Reviewed on 8 September 2014 by Mrs AB Parkhurst

Professional & friendly staff, treatments explained in detail & doctors assessment before treatments commence is excellent. My therapist (Liza Schoeman) is very considerate & friendly-she makes my 'painful' treatment a breeze. I'm awaiting results of my treatments as we're only half-way in, but i'll be happy to provide a detailed review of the treatment once we're close to completion.

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Review -Pleasant reception
Reviewed on 4 September 2014 by J. L. Morningside

For every treatment, my therapist has been quite informative and helpful with my urgent requirements.

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Review -Excellent treatment after having a baby
Reviewed on 4 September 2014 by Mrs M.O Illovo

Carboxytheraoy and Lipo-dissolve - great results. Radiofrequency and Carboxytherapy - good results, but still under treatment as trying to tighten the tummy. Skin Tightening - no significant results. Sclerotherapy - After 1 and a half years all the veins came back - bad results. Really happy with my therapist, she's well trained and has a lot of experience. Always smiling and kind. It's always a pleasure being here for my treatment.

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Review -Successful Result!
Reviewed on 16 February 2014 by E.L from Body Renewal Fourways

As a loyal Skin Renewal client with my therapist Beverley I have been doing treatments to reduce cellulite for 4 years. "Reduce and maintain" is surely key and this is the successful result of my regular treatments. Satisfied with service, products and treatments.

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