What is cellulite? What causes it? And how can women who are frustrated with the appearance of their skin get rid of it? These are all very important questions that doctors, scientists, and aesthetic experts have been trying to answer for decades. Thankfully, research and scientific study has revealed answers for many of these complicated queries.
Cellulite: anatomy 101
In order to understand the true nature of cellulite, it helps to start with the anatomy of this unsightly skin condition. Cellulite is made up of uneven deposits of stubborn fat which is loosely sandwiched between the muscles and the skin. The more uneven the fat deposits are, the less elastic the skin is, and the weaker the muscle tone immediately under the fat deposits, the more visible the cellulite will be. Excess fluid retention and inflammation will also make cellulite appear far more drastic than it actually is. Another sad, scary fact is that cellulite can happen to anyone. Whether young or old, fit or fat, male or female, anyone can develop cellulite dimples on their skin. Cellulite usually appears in the hips, buttocks, thighs, and lower abdomen (or other areas plagued by large subcutaneous fat deposits).
Is it possible to get rid of cellulite?
Getting rid of cellulite can be a tricky and potentially expensive process. There are plastic surgeons who offer various cellulite removal methods. But these treatments can start in the high hundreds per treatment, if not low thousands, and perfect removal of cellulite skin can require multiple treatments. Also, it should be noted that the expensive, surgical solution carries the same risks as any other procedure, such as infection, bruising, scarring, and long recovery times.
Exercise and massage are also helpful methods for getting rid of cellulite. Specifically, targeted exercises which develop the muscles and muscle groups directly underneath the problematic fat deposits. Increasing muscle tone leaves less room for subcutaneous fat to develop, and pulls loose skin tight. This, in turn, raises the valleys and lowers the mounds associated with visible cellulite. Massage also benefits the skin in a couple of different ways. It promotes circulation, which has healing benefits and helps reconstruct loose, damaged skin. It also helps to flush out excess fluids, evening out skin tone.
Alternative methods of cellulite reduction
Many people believe that cellulite creams are the least effective method for getting rid of cellulite. However, it is possible that these anti-cream proponents either had a bad experience, or have no experience with effective formulas. Creams with caffeine, coenzyme A, and glaucine help eliminate the visible appearance of cellulite. These natural, harmless extracts attack the major causes of cellulite: fluid retention, uneven fat deposits, and loose skin. With the right formula, and a few minor lifestyle changes, anyone can get rid of cellulite within a few weeks. And at little or no major expense, unlike some of the more “proven” methods discussed above.