Cellulite

Subject: Cellulite and Treatments

What? Cellulite affects many of women between the age of all ages. It’s a type of fat tissue in the subcutaneous layer. This is a condition that affects the subcutaneous layer of the skin; the lumpy fat creates rippled skin.

Why? (History) Cellulite is a condition of the skin which has a dimpling effect. It can be found all over, but is usually found in the butt or thighs. People often refer to cellulite as the orange-peel skin because of its texture. Cellulite is a condition where the skin ripples creating unsightly lumps. It is most commonly found on buttocks and thighs.

Where does it typically occur? Cellulite occurs in the lower limbs, abdomen, pelvic region, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Cellulite can be located in various parts of the body, but it is usually found in the butt or thighs.

When? (Implications) Women suffer from cellulite due to hormonal changes. Some cases of cellulite are the result of poor diet and lack of exercise. It is when the subcutaneous fat within the connective tissue becomes herniated or the connective tissue actually comes out. Cellulite happens when fat deposits push through connective tissue in the subcutaneous layer of the skin.

Who benefits from this? Women can benefit by preventing their cellulite by exercising and eating healthy. Since cellulite is the accumulation of toxins in the body, drinking plenty of pure water each day can flush out the toxins and help reduce cellulite. Most women are not very happy when they discover that they have cellulite, so nobody really benefits from this.

What cause this? Hormones can cause cellulite. Thoughts are that estrogen is the most important hormone and that it initiates and aggravates cellulite. Some people are genetically predisposed to accumulate more cellulite. Cellulite can occur in both men and women, but it seems to be more common in women. This is because of different distributions of fat in certain areas, muscle, and connective tissue in women. Cellulite is formed when the fat cells are overly compacted in a small space and push through the fibrous mesh, septa, that hold is in place. It is theorized that estrogen contributes to cellulite development through its weakening of the septa and increasing the fat cell storage

How? Solutions (Machines/Mechanical) Endermologie is a treatment for cellulite. It helps to stimulate cellulite tissue by using a vacuum massage that combines massage along with suction. These machines are used in spas and in medical clinics Machines designed to treat cellulite include vacuum rolling and radio waves. Skin brushing is a technique that can help break down the fatty deposits that cause the “orange peel” surface. The skin is brushed in small a circular motion which stimulates the lymphatic system which filters and drains toxins from our bodies. Various sessions of acoustic wave therapy has been known to help reduce cellulite. It works by transmitting sound waves into the area cellulite is located by a hand-held device.

How? (Solutions – Non Mechanical) MLD – using some light pressure massage techniques can help rid the body of toxins improving circulation. Eating an alkaline diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, helps eliminate cellulite too. In 2015 Cellfina® was FDA approved for long-term temporary treatment of cellulite (at least 3 years of results) that targets the septa and breaking the bands through the use of injections and vacuum suction. Vellashape® also is FDA approved and uses infrared and radio frequency to heat the fat with the idea of snapping the fibrous bands.

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