What is cellulite?
Cellulite results from enlarged fat depots that push up against the connective tissue which surrounding it and causing this bumpy, dimpled skin we all know. Although this condition may have an effect on every part of the body, most commonly found on the buttocks, thighs, hips and abdomen. More common found among women, affecting over 85% of all women past puberty. Although not a serious medical condition could cause psychological discomfort in both men and women.
What are the causes?
The causes of cellulite are not very well explored. Theories include – genetic makeup, circulation problems, inflammation, hormonal imbalance, tight clothing and lifestyle factors. Although excessive weight is not a prerequisite for it, excess fat makes it more visible.
The best treatments
1) Weight loss: Extra fat makes it more visible, then fat reduction must be the first objective of anyone suffering from this condition. Although excess fat reduction does not guarantee cellulite removal, it is imperative, especially given the health benefits of it.
In addition, you can work on your blood circulation. Inefficient circulation is often associated with the appearance of cellulite. Wearing more loose clothing may help, but not proven yet. Smoking also damages blood circulation and if you are looking for a reason to quit – this is another one.
2) Breaking the connective tissue / Cellulase: This procedure involves inserting a small laser under the skin that destroys the connective tissue that surrounds fats and causes dimples. Cellulaze is approved a way to remove cellulite and is a good option to fight it.
Cellulite treatments that do not work
1) Liposuction: This procedure literally sucks the fat from your body. However, the fat that is sucked is deeper than the fat that affects the appearance of cellulite. As a result, liposuction can make cellulite look worse.
2) Advertising Tricks: There are too many magical creams and potions advertised everywhere. There is no evidence any of these products work, so avoid them.
3) Fat burners: substances which enhance fat burning theoretically can reduce cellulite by removing the fat depots in the connective tissue. These include caffeine and the beta agonists. People are taking it orally or applied them in place, but there is no evidence that they work. Also, fat burners are not effective if there is no proper diet and workout plan.
Unproven treatments for cellulite
1) Mesotherapy: This treatment involves injecting a combination of drugs directly into problem areas and reducing the visibility of cellulite. It is believed that this is achieved by the destruction of fat cells, improving the circulation and breaking connective tissue. The ingredients used in mesotherapy show this effect in experimental models, but there are no studies proving the benefits of the procedure. I personally recommend for the time being not to use this treatment until they come out with more research that supports the method.
So you have cellulite. What is the first step?
If you are overweight, the first thing you should do is to reduce your body fat. There is a good chance to reduce or even get rid of the cellulite. Next, make sure to stay active and avoid a sedentary lifestyle. If you don’t get the desired outcome, visit a dermatologist. Cellulaze seems to be the most effective treatment, although it is quite an expensive option.