‘Cellulite’ may sound like a disease to many, but fortunately, it’s not. It is a condition when the skin gets fat deposits in it in large quantities, causing the skin to appear bumpy and puckered as the fat pushes against the connective tissue.
Cellulite generally occurs after puberty and is noticeable near the thighs and buttocks majorly.
Other terms for Cellulite are:
- Status Protrusus Cutis
- Dermopanniculosis Deformans
- Gynoid Lipodystrophy
- Adiposis Edematosa
- Cottage Cheese Skin
- Orange Peel Syndrome
- Mattress Phenomenon
- Hail Damage
Cellulite can likely affect people of both the sexes, but it is more commonly found in females as they are likely to have particular types of connective tissue and fat. Cellulite is not at all harmful, though looks unattractive, causing people wanting to get rid of it.
Causes of Cellulite:
Cellulite by no means indicate that the person having it is overweight. Even thin and skinny people can develop cellulite normally. However, if you are overweight, the cellulite in your body may decrease if you lose weight considerably.
As stated earlier, cellulite is more common in women as compared to men. So it means that if other female members of your family have cellulite, then there are good chances that you will get it too.
The major factors which affect the quantity of cellulite in your body and also its visibility are:
- Fad dieting
- Poor diet
- Lack of any physical activity
- Slow metabolism
- Hormone changes
- Total body fat
- Colour and thickness of your skin
Cellulite is actually more noticeable on fairer skin, as less so on darker skin. So if you have got a light skin tone and are planning to be out wearing shorts or bathing suits, then applying a self-tanner may reduce the visibility of the dimples and bumps on your thighs.
Many treatments and products are present in the market that promise to get rid of or reduce the cellulite on your buttocks and thighs significantly. However, there is no evidence showing the permanent effects of such treatments and medications.
There are however a few treatments and products that you can try to effectively deal with cellulite:
This is a very popular surgical procedure for removing fat deposits from your body. But it does not remove cellulite, but removes deep fat which is just below your skin. But be informed that according to The American Academy of Dermatology, liposuction might actually make the cellulite in your body appear worse by making more depressions in your skin.
Cellulite creams claim to smoothen the skin and dissolve the fat. However, most of these creams contain aminophylline which is actually a prescription drug that is approved for the treatment of asthma. This ingredient can cause allergies. Also, there is no scientific proof whatsoever regarding the effectiveness of these creams and they may, in fact, harm you. Apparently, they may be making the blood vessels low and might be forcing water through the skin to reduce cellulite, which can prove to be dangerous for those who are suffering from circulatory problems.
This treatment was developed originally in Europe for relieving the pain caused by inflammatory skin conditions. This therapy involves the injection of substances like minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes inside the tissue just below the skin. This therapy may break the fat down and improve the appearance of cellulite slightly. But be informed that there is a risk of infection, irregular contours, and swelling.
The FDA has allowed the treatment of cellulite by using a laser device. The manufacturer states that the laser device melts the fat beneath the skin to break up the fibrous bands and stimulate the production of collagen.
Spa Treatments and Massage
These therapies do not remove cellulite in any way, but temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite. Any effect gained through these treatments is short-lived.
If you still don’t have cellulite, you can prevent it by following a healthy fat-free or low-fat diet. Eat fresh vegetables and fruits and exercise daily. Avoid being over-weight and follow a healthy and active lifestyle.