Cellulite: Its Causes & Treatments

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Cellulite refers to the fat stored on specific body parts especially on the abdomen. It looks like orange peel or cottage cheese under the skin.

CAUSES

Cellulite is a fat tissue that appears below the skinís surface. People does not need to be overweight to have cellulite, in fact, skinny people can have some on their buttocks, breasts, thighs, and abdomen. Cellulite is cause by the following:

1. Genetics

People who have close relatives that have cellulite are more prone to it. Studies show that almost 85% of women who have cellulites have relatives (mostly parents) affected by the same problem at least once in their lives.

2. Lack of exercise

People who do not exercise need to tone their muscles to prevent cellulite formation. Following a cardiovascular program or strength training is one way in keeping cellulite away from the body. Walking, jogging, and swimming are also fun activities to avoid cellulites.

3. Poor eating habits

Unhealthy food together with excess consumption of alcohol, caffeine or spicy foods are closely linked to cellulite formation. When a person takes too much of these foods, the body looses its ability to flush the toxins they produce so they are stored in the fatty tissue. Experts recommend 8 glasses of water everyday instead of caffeine or alcoholic beverages.

4. Smoking

Few people know that smoking is one of the causes of cellulite formation. It weakens the skin by constricting the capillaries and harms the connective tissue. As a result, the skin develops cellulites.

A surefire way to reduce or eliminate cellulite is through a healthy diet, consistent exercise, and enough water to remove the toxins from the body.

TREATMENTS

There are a lot of cellulite remedies in the market today. Some of them are the following:

People who are suffering from excessive cellulites and have the need to eliminate them as soon as possible resort to liposuction. This is the removal of cellulite or fat deposits through surgical procedure. Although liposuction has potential side effects, more and more people are going for it because of its fast and excellent results.

However, people who do not have the budget or the guts to try liposuction use cellulite creams that contain minerals, herbs, antioxidants, and vitamins. These creams provide needed moisture and increase the blood supply to remedy damaged and dehydrated cellulite-affected body parts. These creams have low approval rate because minimal results can be seen in few months.

Cellulite lift on the other hand, has very promising results. This is specifically designed for people who have lost considerable amount of weight that resulted to excess skin. As of today, cellulite lift is the most invasive procedure to restore youthful, firm skin. While it promises great results, it also comes with disadvantages. It can leave extensive scar and longer recovery period for the patient.

Another treatment is called Lipo Laser. This technique was developed in Italy. This is done by inserting fiber-optic laser through small incisions on the target body part. This laser absorbs more than 500 grams of body fat.

However, the latest current affordable and effective cellulite treatment is known as AWT (Acoustic Wave Therapy), a painless, non-invasive treatment to improve the appearance of cellulite. AWT targets cellulite. Cellulite, or the “dimpling” effect that can occur on the buttocks, midsection, and thighs are often thought to be caused by excess fat; in reality, it is caused by the formation of the scar tissue called fibrotic tissue around the fat cells that strangulate the fat cells, compressing the lymphatic drainage and limiting the blood flow of nutrients to this area. This results in unhealthy tissue, the stiffening of connective tissue, pulling the skin down. The activity of the fat cells and the connective tissue produces a dimpled, orange-peel-like skin texture. Acoustic Wave Therapy uses ultrasound waves to disrupt the scar tissue and connective tissue, improving circulation and initiating collagen production for thicker, more elastic skin. Treatment takes place twice a week for three weeks. Each session lasts about half an hour.

Cellulite is a nagging problem for many women, even those who work hard to keep hit and maintain healthy lifestyle. The reason is that cellulite is not a fat problem – it’s a skin problem. Cellulite is made up of fat cells that reside within the skin. They can’t be burned as fuel, so dieting and exercise won’t eliminate them.

Now, through these technologies, women can achieve firmer, smoother skin in the areas where cellulite forms – the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen.

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