Cellulite – Causes, prevention & treatment
Cellulite occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue under the skin. It is a condition that mostly affects the buttocks and thighs and gives your skin a dimpled and lumpy appearance.
So what causes this orange-peel condition and what can you do to prevent and treat it? Read more below to find out.
- It affects both men and women but is more common in females.
- Between 80-90% of women will probably have some of it in their bodies.
- Due to its texture, its often referred to as orange-peel skin.
- Having an active lifestyle and eating a healthy low fat diet can help prevent it.
- It has numerous treatments but they are mostly temporary.
- It comes in 3 different grades: mild, moderate and severe.
What causes cellulite?
There is no exact cause for this orange-peel condition. However, it occurs as a result of the interaction between connective tissues and fat cells in the layer below them.
Here are some factors that contribute to developing cellulite:
Hormonal & age factors
Hormones such as insulin, estrogen and prolactin all play a part in the development of this condition. Moreover, one theory suggests that as estrogen levels drop, the body produces less collagen and your fat cells enlarge. This makes the fat deposits more visible.
Furthermore, age causes your skin to become less elastic, thinner and more likely to sag. This is another reason why cellulite may appear.
You can blame your genes for those dimpled and lumpy legs! Genetic factors such as your body’s metabolism rate, how the fat is distributed under your skin your circulatory levels can all contribute to you developing cellulite.
Dietary & lifestyle factors
Opposite to what many people think, cellulite is not caused by toxins. However, having a healthy lifestyle can decrease your risk of developing it. This includes eating a healthy and balanced diet, exercising and not smoking.
Treatment & removal:
There are a number of ways you can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Here are a few you might want to consider:
- Acoustic wave therapy: Uses a handheld device that transmits sound waves and target fat cells. This method might work but you will require a few sessions to start seeing results.
- Laser treatment: Involves inserting a tiny probe under the skin to break up the fat tissues. This treatment can also cause your skin to thicken by increasing collagen production.
- Carboxytherapy: Involves inserting carbon dioxide gas under your skin to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Although many people swear by this treatment, it is known to cause discomfort an bruising.
- Radiotherapy: Aims to remove fat cells from under the skin by melting them with heat. However, results of this treatment are usually temporary.
- Endermologie: Uses a vacuum like device to message and lift the skin. It is FDA approved yet there is little evidence that it actually works.
- Ultrasonic liposuction: Targets and destroys fat cells under the skin.
- Cryolipolysis: Freezing fat cells to get rid of them. However, just as the case is with mesotherpay, these treatments are not approved by the American Academy of Dermatology.
- Medications & creams: Retinol and creams with caffeine can reduce the appearance of cellulite.
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