Cellulite affects around 90% of women, and cause the skin to take on a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It is most commonly found on the hips, thighs, and butt. While this condition may appear unsightly, it doesn’t have any serious impact on our health in most cases.
There are many products advertised to ‘cure’ cellulite, but most consumers see little to no results. Before you waste your hard-earned money on these ineffective products, read on to have a better understanding of cellulite.
1. What causes cellulite?
Cellulite occurs when connective tissues are weakened, allowing the layer of fat underneath to emerge through the tissues. The weakening of connective tissues can be caused by the lack of exercise, excess fats and poor circulation.
2. Who has cellulite?
While 90% of women are affected by this condition, only about 10% of men experience cellulite. This is because women have weaker connective tissues, and carry more fats in their hips and thighs. Cellulite can appear on women of all shapes and sizes, and does not have an age discrimination. However, it does increase with age. This is because when women grow older, we produce less estrogen. Estrogen is needed to promote good blood circulation, increase collagen production and strengthening of connective tissues.
Furthermore, cellulite runs in the genes. Those whose family has a history of cellulite may have a higher chance of developing the condition.
3. How to reduce the appearance of cellulite?
While it is hard to completely cure cellulite, working out regularly can prevent or reduce its appearance. Exercising helps to stretch, strengthen and burn away excess fat around the areas where connective tissues are weak, creating an illusion that reduces the visibility of cellulite.
Many people would prefer to turn to more convenient ‘solutions’ to treat cellulite, such as skin-firming creams. However, these products are not effective long-term treatments for cellulite. If you’re willing to pay for dermal fillers, it can act as a temporary solution (up to a few months) for cellulite. Fillers help to plump and even out the appearance of dimpled skin but can cost up to a few thousand dollars. If injecting fillers sound intimidating, there are non-invasive options such as laser and massage techniques to temporarily dispell cellulite.
4. What worsens the appearance of cellulite?
Smoking may make cellulite more prominent, as it reduces blood circulation and disrupts the formation of collagen, stretching connective tissue. This allows for even more fats to emerge through the gaps.
Sunbathing also makes cellulite worse, because the UV rays break down collagen and elastin network, increasing the visibility of cellulite.
If you’ve ever considered going for liposuction in hopes of reducing the appearance of cellulite, you’ll be disappointed to know that liposuction actually worsens cellulite. This is because the procedure does not remove fat underneath the skin which are causing cellulite. In worse cases, liposuction causes your skin to loosen up, making cellulite more prominent.
Now you know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to cellulite. Since this condition hardly affects our health, it is suggested that you do not pay too much attention to cellulite. Afterall, they usually appear in areas that can be covered by clothing. Be comfortable in your own skin, and focus on other more important aspects of life instead.
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