Most women develop cellulite in their lifetime. I see women in my practice every day who are frustrated by their cellulite and find it virtually impossible to eliminate. Its name makes it sound like a medical condition, but cellulite is really nothing more than normal fat beneath the skin that appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker and dimple on the surface. As you gain weight, or gain and lose weight, it often accumulates along the hips, thighs and buttocks, where the fat distribution is much closer to the skin. That is why gender is often thought to be the main culprit for this condition. But being a woman isn’t the only factor contributing to the development of cellulite. Things like genetics, age, hormones and weight can also increase cellulite development. Cellulite isn’t harmful, though it’s often something people want to get rid of it because of the way it looks.
What Causes Cellulite
Having cellulite doesn’t mean you are overweight. Even thin people can accumulate cellulite. However, if you are overweight, losing weight can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Other factors that influence cellulite accumulation include:
- Poor Diet
- Poor Metabolism
- Lack or Decrease in Physical Activity
- Hormonal changes
There are many products and treatments that promise to get rid of cellulite on thighs and buttocks. But there is little evidence that shows that many of them work well or for long. Here is what you should know about some of the options:
Cellulite forms in areas with the least circulation so it means that without activity, it’s very hard to make significant change. Consistent exercise will help to minimize the appearance with time. Work on exercises that significantly increase circulation like running, swimming and power walking.
Skin brushing on a regular basis helps to support circulation. You can find a good body brush at any health food store. Remember to brush in the direction of your heart. 2-3x per week is ideal to start seeing changes in cellulite.
These creams are said to dissolve fat and smooth the skin. There is no scientific evidence that these creams are effective against cellulite, and for some people, they can be harmful. Some of the ingredients in these creams have been known to cause an allergic reaction in some people. Speak to your doctor before starting any of these creams to get their recommendations.
This is a surgical procedure to remove fat deposits from the body. Liposuction, though, removes deep fat, not cellulite, which is just beneath the skin. In fact, liposuction if not performed with care, could actually worsen the appearance of cellulite by creating more depressions in the skin.
Cellulaze is currently the only surgical treatment on the market that attacks the structural problems beneath the skin that cause cellulite. This minimally invasive, laser-assisted procedure is a new anti-cellulite treatment clinically shown to increase your skin’s natural thickness for smoother, healthier skin. Cellulaze treats the fibrous bands beneath the skin, adding thickeness and elasticity. 93% of patients surveyed in clinical trials were satisfied or very satisfied with their results one year post-procedure, and all would recommend the Cellulaze treatment to a friend. The data also indicates compelling improvements in skin quality. Thicker, more elastic skin can help improve the appearance of cellulite.