The Truth about Cellulite
It is no secret that the image of a “perfect” body, especially for women, means having a perfect complexion and a flawless skin. Hence, achieving this “perfect” body is something that a lot of people really strive for. However, every situation is different for a lot of people. For a few, having this “perfect” body image may come easier, but some may also find it harder to achieve. And probably one of the worst yet common problems when it comes to having this “perfect” body image is having cellulites.
Orange-peel skin, hail damage, cottage skin, and mattress phenomenon. These are the common terms associated with cellulite…
But what exactly is cellulite?
Opposite to popular belief, cellulite is not exactly fat, so let’s forget about this myth once and for all. Although, it has something to do with fat deposits.
Cellulite is the dimpled, puckered appearance of the skin that results from fat deposits accumulation beneath the skin and pushes through the fibrous bands that connect the skin to the muscles. These bands then pull down and tie up the skin which causes it to take on a lumpy and an uneven appearance in some places. It can appear to be dimpled and fleshy and can be easily noticeable and is most often to be observed on the abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks.
Cellulite is a skin condition that a lot of people suffer from. It is one of the most common aesthetic conditions that can look very displeasing and sometimes makes the “perfect” body image seem impossible.
But are cellulite really that bad?
Fortunately, apart from the pesky appearance of lumpy, dimpled flesh on the skin, cellulite is a very common and harmless skin condition. This is not at all the same with other skin diseases or ailments. Thus, people with such will experience no symptoms at all.
Cellulite is completely normal; it is a condition that may affect people at some point of their lives. In fact, both men and women may have this but it is far more likely to occur in women than in men due to several factors such as different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue. Suffice to say that it is more of a physiological than a pathological condition.
Studies suggest that cellulite occurrence is a normal secondary sex characteristic that affects about 80-90% of postpubescent women, typically prominent in the hips, thighs, pelvic area, or abdomen. Additionally, it can appear even when you are skinny, fit as well as those with more weight. In short,
What causes cellulite?
As mentioned, cellulites form when the fibrous connective tissues bind to the muscle of the skin with fat deposits lying in between. These fat deposits accumulate and then push up against the skin while the connective tissues pull down, resulting in the appearance of lumps and dimples on the skin. However, it is still not clear what exactly causes cellulite.
Despite that, several factors are believed to be associated in the development of cellulite. It can be a result of a complex combination of varying factors from hormones to lifestyle.
- Hormonal factors and age
In cellulite formation, hormones play a significant role. Specifically, the hormones such as insulin, the catecholamines adrenaline and noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin, are all believed to participate in the development of cellulite.
Another known hormone is estrogen. Estrogen may also be another hormone that plays a significant role in the development of cellulite. Though there is still a need for more clinical evidence, this may give an explanation as to why cellulite is more common in women than in men. Estrogen makes fat while testosterone breaks down fat; these hormones are the dominant sex hormones in women and in men, respectively.
One hypothesis is that the blood flow through the connective tissue under the skin often decreases as estrogen in women decreases as their menopause period approaches. Lower circulation indicates that there is less oxygen in the area, which then results in lower collagen production. When estrogen levels decrease, fat cells also expand. These combinations of variables make fat deposits more apparent thus increasing the appearance of cellulite.
In relation to the previous hypothesis, although men usually do not develop cellulite, it may be experienced by men with lower levels of male sex hormones, including those taking hormone-suppression therapy for prostate cancer.
Age is also another factor. As people age, the skin becomes thinner, loses elastic, and is more likely to sag. The rippled connective tissues underneath are thus more exposed and revealed, increasing the chance of cellulite development.
- Genetic factors
Apart from the hormonal factors, there is also a huge factor that cellulite susceptibility of an individual is through heredity. Cellulite development tends to run in families, so genetics could play the most crucial role in the development of cellulite. According to research, there are certain genes that have traces of the genetic component of cellulite that may induce an individual’s susceptibility.
Furthermore, genetic variables may be related to the speed of metabolism, fat distribution under the skin, race, and circulatory levels of an individual. This can increase the risk of developing cellulite.
- Lifestyle factors
Besides the significant contribution of biological factors, an individual’s chosen lifestyle has also a huge impact on one's cellulite susceptibility. Although cellulite is not necessarily caused by “toxins,” an unhealthy lifestyle can increase the chances of cellulite development. Being so, having an unhealthy diet, living in a highly stressful environment, and an inactive lifestyle will more likely lead to faster cellulite formation.
Case in point: People who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, and salt with too little fiber intake as well as people with vices, who do not exercise, and spend most of their time just sitting or lying around are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.
Although, some people especially women, despite being fit and healthy, can also experience such during pregnancy.
Furthermore, cellulite is more common to people with excess fat, however, lean and healthy individuals may have it too. After the age of 25, it is more likely to happen, but it can also affect younger people, including adolescents.
Grades of cellulite
Cellulite can be classified into four grades, depending on the severity scale which ranks the condition into:
Grade 0 or no visible cellulite: The cellulite cannot be seen by the naked eyes, but there are changes on the skin that are happening microscopically.
Grade 1 or mild: When the skin is pinched, the skin shows pale, less elastic, an “orange-peel” appearance and a slightly “draped” or sagging appearance and However, there are still no noticeable lumps unless there is compression or muscular contraction.
Grade 2 or moderate: Lumps and bumps start to appear noticeable even while just standing, with a “cottage cheese” appearance, and the skin appears moderately draped.
Grade 3 or severe: The dimples and lumps are more visible and palpable, adhering to the skin’s deep structures. There is a wavy, “mattress”-like appearance and the skin is severely draped.
At any point in peoples’ lives, cellulite is a condition that can affect almost everyone and the severity of it will vary considerably, however, and for a few it will be barely noticeable. So, depending on the severity of it or on each person’s preference, some may want to look for ways to treat this.
Medical grade treatments are surely one of the most prominent and most suggested techniques that would successfully reduce the appearance of cellulite. There are several ways to treat cellulite medically ranging from lasers to therapies depending on the severity of the condition and the preference.
- Lasers can be used as treatment to improve and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Doctors use a tiny laser fiber probe under the skin, shoot heat and melt fat cells as well as cut the fibrous bands that pull down the skin. It can also thicken the skin, which is significant since the skin often thins the part where cellulite forms. Thus, thickening the skin reduces the chances of cellulite development. This treatment has shown improvement on cellulite appearance for one year. However, after the treatment, there may be swelling, bruising and hyperpigmentation may be experienced.
- Cryolypolysis is a noninvasive procedure which gets rid of cellulite. It is done by freezing the fat cells that accumulated beneath the skin which then causes these fat cells to break while their contents are to be absorbed by the body. This process is usually done for body shaping but since it involves fat removal, it can also reduce cellulite development. However, several treatments are needed to dissolve just an inch of fat, thus, it may take three to four months to notice the results.
- Surgery, specifically, manual “subcision,” is a procedure that involves insertion of a needle, a blade or a microscalpel under the skin to cut through the fibrous bands of connective tissues that causes the appearance of cellulite. Since this is an invasive surgical procedure, pain and bleeding may happen, but the results can last up to two to three years.
- Mechanical subcision particularly uses Cellfina, another minimally invasive device which draws up each lump, making a way for the thin blade to untie the connective tissues under the skin’s surface. It is by far the only treatment cleared to demonstrate a five-year improvement of cellulite appearance on both the thighs and buttocks.
- Mesotherapy utilizes very tiny and shot needles to carry out a series of injections to the area/s with cellulite. Different substances are to be injected such as hormones, enzymes, and other extracts that could initiate collagen production and reduce the chances of cellulite development.
- Non-invasive energy-based therapies are procedures that uses radiofrequency and acoustic waves to reduce cellulite development. These techniques are done to increase collagen production, thicken and tighten the skin. These treatments may also reduce fat deposits and ease the connective tissue beneath the skin’s surface. However, the results from radiofrequency procedures are short-lived while those of the acoustic wave therapy takes several treatment sessions.
These are just some of the several therapies and medical techniques suggested that may be successful in reducing the appearance of cellulite by breaking up the ties of the bands of the connective tissues under the surface of the skin. However, both treatments, considering this in the Philippine setting, would surely cost a lot more than tens of thousands of pesos. Moreover, most if not all these treatments need top of the line and state of the art technology which makes it more complicated since there are limited numbers of medical facilities with such technologies.
Fortunately, I may have an alternative. Well, not just any alternative, it’s way cheaper yet you can enjoy all the benefits that you get from the treatments mentioned above and many more.
A variety of creams, lotions and body scrubs are out in the market claiming to reduce cellulite. Many use this and that ingredient that is believed to break down fats, others uses vitamins, minerals, and other substances. But let me tell you a secret, there is only one thing that you’ll ever need to achieve the “perfect” body image that you want and at the same time, achieve that beautiful healthy glow on your skin.
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The Organicá body scrub is made up of virgin coconut oil, vitamin e and arabica coffee which are loaded with organic antioxidants that work well together in reducing the appearance of cellulite on the body.
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With Organica Coffee Scrub, say bye-bye to those pesky cellulites and hello flawless skin.