Cellulite is the appearance of dimpled skin in the areas of the body that are prone to fat deposits such as the buttocks, legs, thighs and hips. The dimpled look of the skin is due primarily to the unevenness of the fatty tissue beneath the surface of the skin. As the fat deposits push to the connective tissue as the person gains weight, it changes the natural appearance of the skin. Cellulite is not life threatening but it is not very nice to look at especially on people who likes to show their skin. It is more common on women than in men because of the way fat, muscle and connective tissue are distributed in the skin.
Cellulite is caused by the sudden change in a person’s body primarily related to his or her weight gain or loss. It can affect almost everyone. The cellulite’s visibility or occurrence can be related to heredity, gender, the distribution of the fat in the body and the thickness of the skin’s layer.
People seek treatment for cellulite because they are unsightly and would prefer smooth and flawless skin whenever possible. Cellulite can be treated in different ways, naturally or with the help of surgery. Here are some treatments that people follow to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Regular exercise and eating a balance diet
Many people consider this as the answer to all health woes. True enough, going to the gym or doing regular exercise doubled with healthy diet is the best way to lose weight and strengthen your muscles on the most cellulite-prone areas of your body. Having a toned body and keeping the weight consistent helps prevent the skin from having stretch marks.
- Dietary supplements.
There are many products in the market that promise to dissolve fats and get rid of cellulite. They claim to speed up metabolism, improve blood circulation and repair damaged cells. They are usually packaged to contain all natural ingredients such as ginkgo biloba, fish oil, and bioflavonoids among countless others. One must be careful in taking these supplements since most of them have no approved or proven therapeutic claims. There are also no valid clinical studies that test the effectiveness of these supplements in cellulite treatment. It is much better to consult a doctor first before taking any medication.
- Lasers and radio-frequency.
Most people who prefer non-invasive surgery turn to lasers or radio-frequency system to minimize the appearance of cellulites. This system includes negative tissue massage combined with radio-frequency and infrared light to treat the dimpled skin. The combination of tissue massage and diode laser energy is most preferred by people who do not want to go through the surgical treatment of cellulite – liposuction. It would take several sessions with your dermatologist to finish the treatment but the result could last up to several months.
For people who are more proactive in dealing with cellulite and deposited fat in general turn to liposuction to remove the fats in their problem areas. This is the most invasive form of cellulite treatment as doctors remove unwanted fats by inserting a narrow tube underneath your skin and sucks out the deposited fats. Although it helps your body regain its former shape, it does not guarantee to remove cellulite altogether and might even make it more pronounced. The non-invasive way of using laser and tissue massage is considered more effective.
There are other less-expensive cellulite treatments such as the use of topical creams or lotions. However, one must remember that cellulite is part of the growth process of the body and is not harmful. If you are seeking for treatment, consider both the advantages and the risks.