FIGHTING WITH CELLULITE

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cellulite

Cellulite we all see as lumpy skin on hips, thighs, or buttocks. It gives unevenness to the skin and is more in women than men. There are various articles promoting treatments and promising results. However, it is not that simple to get rid of cellulite. Also, most of the time the treatment which worked on someone may not work on you. Hence it is important to understand cellulite in depth.

Causes of cellulite

Cellulite is a fat deposit just underneath the skin. Unfortunately, some women are more prone to cellulite accumulation than others. It basically is gene-dependent. Other modifiable factors include body fat percentage, age, dietary habits, and physical activity level. 

Some amount of cellulite is always present however it is more visible in women than men. As we age our skin becomes thin and loses elasticity. This makes cellulite more visible. There are several other causes.

1.            Hormones

2.            Poor diet

3.            Sedentary lifestyle

4.            Genes

5.            High BMI

6.            Higher fat percentage

7.            Pregnancy

8.            Low hydration over a prolonged period leads to toxin accumulation.

Treatment

Although it is not a disease, however people want to get rid of it. Since it impacts the looks and figure of a person, reducing or removing cellulite is a very big commercial market.  Unfortunately, there are various clinics that either sell false promises or practice unhealthy ways to remove/ reduce cellulite. Safe treatments must be adopted after understanding the results and side effects.

  1. Lose weight

Gaining extra kgs can make cellulite more visible. Losing weight will help reduce cellulite.   However, losing weight may at times lead to loose skin making cellulite more noticeable.

2. Build lean body mass

Lean body mass pushes skin to look smoother and firmer. Hence adding muscle mass and losing fat makes cellulite less noticeable

3. Creams and lotions

There are various claims being put in front of people by renowned companies but most of them are inconsistent in results. One needs to understand that the basic principle is to increase skin thickness and reduce the visibility of cellulite. Caffeine-based or other similar ingredients which dehydrate cells work well in making cellulite less obvious. Retinol-based creams can also sometimes show good results.

4. Body massage

Massage increases blood flow in the region of consideration. This reduces fluid built up and hence gives firmer skin. Various other methods such as endermologie massage, lipo massage, etc. are also available but nothing has been clinically proven to be effective.

5. Laser treatment

There are various types of lasers that are used to treat cellulite. However, these treatments cannot be done at home and often is expensive. Once these treatments are taken, the results are visible but not permanent. One has to take the treatment on regular basis.

6. Vacuum-assisted precise tissue release

This treatment involves small cuts and injections. It may also require a small period of hospitalization. The treatment lasts longer. Here certain bands under the skin are cut to allow the tissue to move upwards. It is a bit painful.

7. Carboxytherapy

Here carbon dioxide (CO2) is inserted underneath the skin. It helps to break the bands and help skin appear firmer. The treatment is uncomfortable and may cause temporary bruising.

8. Ultrasound and radio frequency

The ultrasound produces heat in the tissues to target cellulite. However, the results are sort lived and many times need to be combined with several other treatments such as a laser.

9. Cryolipolysis

This is a non-invasive procedure where fat cells are killed by freezing them. Once they are dead, the body eliminates them naturally. The treatment is used for body shaping. It may take 3 to 4 months to see the results.

10. Liposuction

It is a fat removal procedure that is painful and associated with many side effects. The treatment is not advisable as it makes the fat left behind look worse

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