The Truth About Cellulite
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a condition that can make the appearance of the skin look dimpled, lumpy in appearance. Cellulite is a collection of fat that pushes the connective tissue beneath the skin – which causes the changes in appearance of the skin.It can be most noticeable on the thighs, buttocks and stomach and usually occurs after puberty.
Although cellulite can affect box sexes, it is much more common in females, mainly because they are more likely to have particular types of fat and connective tissue. Cellulite can especially affect women over 35 years. It can also be seen in slim women. It is also much more common in women than men because of differences in the way fat, muscle and connective tissue is distributed under the skin.
Is Cellulite Fat?
Cellulite is not ‘normal’ fat. It is the structure of the overlying skin and of the underlying connective tissue that determines whether a given area has a smooth or rippled appearance. Cellulite may appear to be worse in appearance depending on the amount of body fat proportion in affected areas. However, the thinnest women can also be affected. The reason for this is that while fat deposits do exacerbate the condition, fat itself is not the primary cause.
Fat itself is not responsible for the lumpy, bumpy look of cellulite. Gender, genes, age, and the amount of fat on the body are all associated with the amount of cellulite you have or how visible it is.
What causes Cellulite?
The real causes of cellulite are not well understood, but there are several theories to the causes;
Hormonal factors – Hormones play an important role in cellulite development. Hormonal changes, such as overproduction of estrogen, sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and physical activities are also responsible for the production of Cellulite.
Genetics – Certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory insufficiency.
Diet – Over consumption of saturated fats and sugary items, carbohydrates, or salt and too little fibre can also lead to greater amounts of cellulite.
Lifestyle factors – Cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.
Clothing – underwear such as tight elastic across the buttocks (limiting blood flow) may contribute to the formation of cellulite.
How can Cellulite be removed?
There are many methods and therapies suggested to remove cellulite or improve the appearance of affected areas. However, none have been supported in the scientific or medical literature- Therefore we do not know how successful any of these methods really are at removing Cellulite.
Such methods are –
Therapeutic Methods – that are physical or mechanical such as; Massages that stimulate lymphatic flow / Pneumatic massages / heat therapy / ultrasound /radiofrequency therapy / magnetic therapy / radial wave’s therapy / electrical stimulation. Unfortunately, none of these methods have been scientifically proven to work.
Massage Therapy– Another treatment that can help cellulite reduction on particular areas where the cellulite is present is massage therapy. Massages can improve the blood circulation and help reduce unwanted fat and cellulite.
Medical Treatments– Liposuction is a well-known medical treatment that will reduce cellulite. It is a popular treatment because it’s long lasting and dramatic results. This technique extracts the fat by vacuuming it from just under the skin. Liposuction can be an expensive procedure and is performed only by medical experts.
There are many other medical treatments and techniques which can help reduce Cellulite. If you need to have a medical treatment in order to reduce cellulite, make sure that you get informed prior to the procedure how it works , how it can affect your health and how it will affect your budget.
Other methods used to remove cellulite are drugs that are supposed to act on fatty tissues. There is a wide range of pharmacological agents which are used for getting rid of cellulite. Many of these are applied directly to the area of skin topically. Some are taken orally, or by injection. However again, none have been proved effective.
How can Cellulite be prevented?
You can improve the appearance of Cellulite appearance by living a healthy lifestyle-
Exercise – Exercise will help Cellulite in many different ways. It will help to keep your body fat levels low. The best way to decrease body fat is to eat fewer calories and exercise more. A combination of proper eating habits, aerobic exercises and strength training are the best things you can do to fight against cellulite. Exercise will also help to improve circulation- and muscle tone in cellulite-prone areas. This in turn will help to keep both the skin and connective tissue healthier, as well as helping with elimination of waste and excess fluid retention.
Changing your diet – A well balanced diet can help reduce cellulite. Avoid junk foods and fast foods, which contain bad cholesterol. Always keep yourself hydrated and drink water throughout the day.
Help Detoxify the Body – Restrict the use of alcohol and sweetened carbonated water because there is nothing nutritious about them. Alcohol and smoking affect metabolism by slowing it down which can result in worsening of the cellulite. A well balanced diet can help women reduce cellulite. Improper diet and lack of physical activity can lead to accumulation of fluid, toxins and waste products in the body that make cellulite formations.
Quick Fixes/ Miracle Cures – There are a few cellulite treatments and procedures that can improve the appearance of the skin – But none are a proven cure for cellulite. In fact, most of the cellulite “creams, potions and solutions” offered by those who would separate you from your hard-earned cash are little more than expensive placebos.
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