This is a problem that affects many women and even men on different parts of their body.
This article will look at some of the most common questions associated with the problem. Please view the articles above for more detail on the subject. You’ll soon find out that despite all the research going into it, we still don’t know all that much about successfully treating the problem. So be wary of services offer a 100% cellulite cure.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is essentially fat that pushes on the surface of the skin. This creates a dimpled appearance. It’s often seen on the thighs or near the buttocks because these areas contain more fat. This is what creates the visual bumpy or dimpled appearance. It’s where it gets its cottage cheese nickname from. But we think it looks more like an orange peel (except in color!)
Who Does it Affect?
It’s a condition that can affect anyone but is most commonly seen in women. About 90% of the population of women are affected by it to some extent. This is an incredible amount of people. Some individuals, due to genetics, are more likely to suffer from it than others. This can throw an element of randomness into the treatment. What worked really well for one person may not work as well for someone else.
Causes & Results
While fat can make the condition look worse, it can been seen on thin people too. Losing weight can slightly reduce the appearance of cellulite One thing we can say is that the condition usually occurs after puberty. The reasons for this are to do with the body starting to store extra fat in preparation for pregnancy. There isn’t anything which can be done to stop this. Cellulite actually has a number of other benefits such as the following:
- Structural support.
- Padding (Ok this isn’t a real benefit now but it was at one time in our history due to evolutionary reasons).
What Causes Cellulite?
There can be a number of different elements which cause cellulite. Here we will look at one of the biggest causes. See the articles above for more detail on this matter.
This theory revolves around connective tissue. In brief, connective tissues are fibres which lie under our skin. In turn they are connected to the muscle. This tissue is meant to create a barrier between the fat and skin. But sometimes the fibres become misshapen or hardened. This makes the skin lumpy and bumpy and allows the fat to push outwards against the upper layers of skin.
Why Don’t Men Get It?
Men can get cellulite. However in men the connective tissue makes more of an efficient barrier. This means less fat gets pushed through and therefore the appearance of cellulite is vastly decreased. So it’s all to do with the way the tissue is laid out in men and women.
How do You Get Rid of It?
There are many different treatment methods for cellulite. It should be noted that despite all of the treatment methods available there isn’t anything that can get rid of it completely. All of the treatments involve reducing the appearance of cellulite (apart from possibly laser treatment). Looking at the description of how it works above, you can see why. You can’t just push the fat back in – it will just come back through again! The fat also can’t be removed completely. This also means that many treatments aren’t permanent. Here a are a few ideas of the treatments:
One of the most popular and least invasive forms of getting rid of it is to use cellulite creams. These creams attempt to dissolve fat. Some also smooth the skin. Mixed results are reported from those who use the creams.
Another great way to get rid of cellulite is through exercise. This is a natural form of getting rid of it. Exercises such as Yoga and Zumba are some of the best exercises to try. These forms of exercise will get your muscles toned which will address the pockets of cellulite deposits. Exercise that focuses on the problem areas such as the thighs and legs will greatly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Additionally, reducing weight can substantially reduce the appearance of cellulite because there is less pressure pushing on the skin.
Pressure based treatments are another good technique. But only for a temporary fix. Massages can dissipate extra liquid in the skin making the area look smoother. However no fat is removed and the cellulite will go back to normal in under 24 hours.
Surgery and Lasers
Surgery is the most invasive treatment but comes with many risks. Liposuction can be used to reduce the amount of fat in the area. It’s possible that results could be worse after the surgery. Lasers are a new technology which can provide promising short-term (and perhaps long-term) results.
See our page on stretch marks for a skin condition very similar to cellulite.