Before getting into details of what cellulite is, it is important to understand that cellulite is not a medical disorder or disease. It is just not very attractive in appearance. Cellulite is a condition where your buttock, thigh or abdomen flesh appears uneven & lumpy in nature or you can say it has a dimpled appearance. It mostly becomes visible after attaining puberty. Cellulite is also known as adiposis edematosa scientifically and in a layman lingo it is called orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin etc. The reason why cellulite has this typical appearance is that when fat accumulates under your skin it might cause the collagen fibres (connective fibres) to stretch becomes tight or even break. This gives it a bulged dimpled look.
Some of the many factors why this bulging happens are hormonal reasons, poor diet and lifestyle, age and genetic predispositions. Increasing toxic levels in the body is also one of the very important causes of cellulite formation.Cellulite is classified by means of three grades which are mentioned below.
Types Of Cellulite:
Grade 1 shows no clinical signs are observed and only microscopic examination could detect cellulite.
In Grade 2 skin reduces elasticity and reduced temperature in addition to microscopic alterations.
In grade 3, cellulite has visible rough appearance like orange peel and hence the name; along with above mentioned symptoms. As compared to male sex, cellulite affects females more maybe because females have a typical kind of fat & collagen connective tissue.
Tips for avoiding cellulite include eating a healthy diet which is rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber; staying hydrated throughout the day by drinking plenty of fluids & water, exercising regularly to keep muscles toned and bones strong, maintaining a healthy weight (no crash dieting) and quitting smoking.
Treatments Of Cellulite
Topical application of 0.3 percent retinol cream two times in a day has reported some improvements in the appearance of cellulite after six months of continuous usage.
An approach to reduce visual cellulite is to compress blood vessels thereby trying to increase blood and lymph flow. This is done with aid of compression garments.
This is an invasive procedure which involves vaccinating a solution containing combination of hormones, aminophylline, herbal extracts enzymes, vitamins and minerals under the skin. Mesotherapy might bring about a slight change in look and appearance of cellulite but while considering its benefit-to-risk ratio; there may be serious episodes of swelling, infection, rashes or uneven contours on skin.
Cellulite creams contain number of components like minerals, vitamins, herbal extracts, antioxidants etc. These creams are sold in market for curing or alleviating cellulite; however there is little certainty about their action. They might also cause some rashes and skin infections in some cases.
The procedure of liposuction involves suctioning out fat cells by inserting a narrow tube under your skin. The results of liposuction, as shown by different research studies, for reducing cellulite are not very good. Laser-assisted liposuction which is less invasive technique has added advantage of skin tightening. When compared to normal liposuction, it is more effective in reducing cellulite.
Laser treatment is one of the most promising methods to remove cellulite. What happens here is that the laser beams melt the fat present under skin stimulating collagen production. This involves a series of treatment methodologies which last for about 6 months (5-6 sitting are required).
Losing weight and staying fit is the best and most beneficial treatment for cellulite. Losing weight and strengthening your muscles by exercising, reduces the appearance of cellulite and dimpled skin; however it does not go away completely.
Massage And Spa Treatments
These treatments offer temporary improvement in appearance due to removal or distribution of excess fluid; but they do not remove cellulite.Certain vigorous massage therapies help in increasing flow of blood and lymph and remove toxins. However no permanent benefit from massage therapy is observed.
There is a novel technique involving the usage of red and infrared light emitting diodes (LEDs) to emit certain wavelengths that shrink fat tissue. It softens the bands in connective tissue thereby reducing the dimpled appearance. Even though there are a number of treatment options for cellulite widely available, it is better to rely on exercise and weight loss. You can also opt for aerobic exercises, weight training and intake of healthy diet which reduces body toxins. Eating a healthful, balanced diet and staying physically fit and active is the best way to reduce fat content and reduce the cellulite appearance.