What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs, and usually occurs after puberty.
Rigid fibers form the fat chambers. When fat cells are enlarged, the rigid fibers push toward the soft tissue of the dermis, causing the rough surface appearance described as “orange peel”, or “cottage cheese”.
Cellulite is often classified using three grades:
- Grade 1 no dimpling while standing or lying down, but the pinch test reveals the “orange peel” appearance.
- Grade 2 “orange peel” dimpling appears spontaneously when standing up, but not when lying down.
- Grade 3 “orange peel”dimpling appears spontaneously both standing up and lying down.
Although cellulite can affect both sexes, it is much more common in females, mainly because they are more likely to have particular types of fat and connective tissue.
What causes cellulite?
The causes of cellulite are not well understood, but there are several theories that have been put forth as explanations. Among these are:
- Hormonal factors – hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Many believe estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process.
- Genetics – certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory insufficiency.
- Diet – people who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, or sugar and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.
- Lifestyle factors – cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.
How Can Cellulite be prevented?
- Cellulite can be prevented by incorporating a healthier lifestyle.
- Eat healthy – healthy non processed food, lots of fruits and vegetables for fibre, cut down on sugar intake and drinks lots of water
- Exercise regularly – Do moderate activities such as walking, dancing, swimming, pick up a sport such as tennis etc, or sign up at your local gym.
- Quit Smoking
- Limit your alcohol intake- having the occasional drink while socially is fine but limit your intake to 2 glasses.
Treatment for Cellulite
- FDA approved Endermologie – uses rollers and suction to produce deep stimulating massage that increases microcirculation to the trouble zone.
- Carboxytherapy – Studies have shown that application of carbon dioxide for therapeutic purposes improves skin elasticity, destroys fatty deposits and improves circulation
- Velashape – Uses revolutionary elos combination of Bi-Polar Radiofrequency (RF), Infrared Light Energy plus vacuum and mechanical massage. The net result increases the metabolism of stored energy, increases lymphatic drainage and reduces or shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers.