What is cellulite?
Cellulite is caused by a layer of fatty tissue in the hypodermis pushing against the connective tissue in the dermis and resulting in that rippling effect.
Cellulite is harmless to skin condition and it is a dimpled texture in the appearance of skin. It usually affects buttocks, hips, abdomen, and thighs but can also occur in other areas.
Other names of cellulite are cottage-cheese skin, orange-peel skin, hail damage, and the mattress phenomenon.
Cellulite can affect both men and women, but men are less likely to have cellulite than women due to a criss-cross structure of the tissue in the men.
In Women, below the surface of the skin, the fat cells and connective tissue are arranged vertically.
Fast facts about Cellulite
- Probably 80 to 90% of the women will experience this skin condition.
- Due to its texture, it is also known as orange-peel skin.
- An active lifestyle, smoking cessation staying fit, and a diet low in fat may help to reduce the cellulite
- Treatments are available for this, but the effect will be mostly temporary
Causes of Cellulite Formation
Hormonal factors - Estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin hormones likely play an important role in the cellulite production process.
Age - By the process of aging, the skin will become less elastic, thinner, and more likely to sag and this will increase the chance of cellulite developing.
Genetic factors - A Person’s speed of metabolism, ethnicity, circulatory levels, and distribution of fat under the skin is linked to genetic factors and these may affect the chances of cellulite production.
Dietary - High toxic load from diet and who eat too much fat, processed food sugars, carbohydrates, high salt, and very little fiber are more likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.
Poor blood circulation - Wearing a tight elastic across the buttocks can limit blood circulation, and this may lead to the formation of cellulite.
Lifestyle factors - It may be more common in smokers, and alcohol also plays a role for cellulite
Lack of physical activity - Those who don't exercise and staying in one position for a longer time.
Dehydration - Not taking water properly will also one of the causes for this
It will be more common in those who have excess fat, after the age of 25 years, but it can affect slim and fit, younger people including teenagers as well.
Solutions for Cellulite
- Stay hydrated. Drinking 2 to 3 liters of water will flush the toxins out of the body.
- Exercise will help a lot in reducing collagen formation. Exercise is more important
- Stick to a healthy diet
- Avoid smoking
- Need to increase blood circulation
Treatment and Removal of Cellulite
There are several therapies have been suggested for removing cellulite, but none of these have yet confirmed by scientific research.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has reviewed a number of techniques that may help in reducing the appearance of cellulite by breaking up the bands of connective tissue under the skin's surface.
Subcision is a simple surgical procedure that is performed by inserting a specially designed needle under the skin to break up the connective tissue bands after the local numbing medication is injected. AAD says that the results can last 2 or more years.
The treatment aims to reduce cellulite by heating it, plus added massage and suction and it can give your bumps to a smoother look. It will blast your skin and They don't hurt much but can be expensive, you may need several visits, but any results are short-term.
Acoustic wave therapy
A painless, non-invasive treatment, which uses a hand-held device to transmit ultrasound waves to disrupt the connective tissue and scar tissue (fibrotic tissue).
This will improve blood circulation and initiates collagen production for thicker and more elastic skin. It may work, but normally a total of 6 treatments is required.
It's a noninvasive body contouring method to reduce the appearance of fat on the body. In this treatment, ultrasonic waves transform fat cells into fatty acids. Research is lacking to show that it works.
It is an invasive medical procedure that works well for removing small amounts of fat but this may make dimpling worse. By adding a laser treatment to liposuction may help get rid of cellulite. Research has not yet shown that this treatment works to reduce cellulite.
This treatment involves inserting carbon dioxide gas under the skin to weaken and destroy fat cells which result in fewer fat cells for body contouring. Side effects include bruising and discomfort after the procedure, but there are more chances to disappear cellulite.
Techniques that the AAD does not recommend include Cryolipolysis and mesotherapy.
Cryolipolysis destroys fat cells by freezing and Mesotherapy involves injecting a mixture of substances (pharmaceuticals, vitamins, etc) under the skin.