What is cellulite?
Most women, many girls, and some men, have cellulite. It is caused by small deposits of fat pressing up against the skin giving a dimpled ‘orange peel’ appearance. The most common areas affected are the thighs, bottom, and stomach, but it can appear on your calves, arms, and in other places on your body.
What causes cellulite?
There are several factors that all work together to determine how much cellulite a person has. These include genetics (inherited body traits from your parents), how much fat you have on your body, your age, and the thickness of your skin. Eating too much rich food, smoking, and drinking a lot of alcohol can make the appearance of cellulite worse.
Is there a cellulite treatment?
There are a great many products available that claim to reduce cellulite. Most only have a very slight, short-term effect, and many only work in combination with several other approaches.
There are three main approaches to dealing with cellulite: the topical approach (applying creams and massages), secondly, injecting substances into the skin, and thirdly, the surgical approach (having operations in hospital).
Topical cellulite treatment
There is a very wide range of creams on the market that claim to reduce cellulite or the appearance of cellulite, but be careful when paying a lot of money for these, as most have a very limited, short term effect. However, areas of your skin affected by cellulite are often dry and damaged. Creams that contain anti-inflammatories and antioxidants may help stimulate blood flow, and other creams may help hydrate the area as long as they applied, but this doesn’t change the fact that you have cellulite. Creams can’t penetrate down to the dermis of the skin where cellulite damage originates, so they aren’t able to affect the cellulite itself.
Injections and massage as cellulite treatment
Dermal fillers – these are injected into the skin and are used to make the skin appear firmer, fuller, and rejuvenated. Although they can’t actually get rid of cellulite or change the fact that it is there, dermal fillers can temporarily mask cellulite, giving the appearance of smoother skin.
Mesotherapy – this is a solution of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and medicines injected directly under the skin in order to reduce the appearance of cellulite dimpling.
Endermology – massage administered by a hand-held machine helping to eliminate toxins and re-condition the skin.
Manual massage – stimulating blood vessels via external rubbing can increase the circulation of nutrients in that area, although it cannot remove or decrease cellulite.