Cellulite. It’s one of the biggest beauty concerns for women around the world. Despite what many people believe, cellulite is not a sign of being overweight or unhealthy. It can affect anyone, regardless of their size or weight. So what is cellulite, and how can you get rid of it? In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about cellulite!
What is cellulite?
Cellulite, more formally known as gynoid lipodystrophy, is a common condition that affects the appearance of skin, causing it to have a dimpled, lumpy, or “orange peel” texture. This uneven texture is a result of connective tissue bands pulling down the skin that sits above fat. It most often occurs in areas where there are large amounts of fat cells under the surface of your skin such as:
As many as 80-90% of women have cellulite and some women are more likely to develop cellulite than others. Men can also develop cellulite, however it is more common in women. Cellulite is categorized on a 0-3 scale:
- Grade 0: no cellulite
- Grade 1: cellulite only visible when sitting
- Grade 2: cellulite visible while sitting and standing
- Grade 3: cellulite visible and highly texturized
What Causes Cellulite?
Factors such as genetics, body fat percentage, skin thickness, and age can all affect an individual’s risk of developing cellulite. In many cases, it is a combination of factors that results in the formation of cellulite. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the most common causes of cellulite:
Estrogen and progesterone are hormones that are believed to play a role in the development of cellulite. These hormones cause the fat cells to enlarge and increase their production of collagen, which can lead to the formation of cellulite.
Although men can develop cellulite, women are far more likely to struggle with cellulite. It is believed that this is due to the structural differences of fat cells in women and men. Women’s fat cells stand vertically under the skin, while men’s fat cells lie horizontally and flat. It is also believed that estrogen may also play a role in why cellulite is primarily seen in women.
Poor circulation can also contribute to the development of cellulite by preventing nutrients and oxygen from reaching the tissues below the skin. This can cause the cells to become starved for oxygen and nutrients, which can lead to the breakdown of collagen and other proteins.
As we get older, our skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner. This makes it more likely for cellulite to develop and be noticeable.
Some experts also believe that cellulite can form as part of a connective tissue disorder caused by inflammation. This is because immune cells linked to inflammation have been found within cellulite-affected tissue. However, this theory is still being researched.
How do you get rid of cellulite?
Despite the fact that cellulite is not harmful, most people still want to find a way to eliminate it. While there is no cure for cellulite, there are several treatments that can help reduce its appearance and prevent it from getting worse over time.
For starters, you can try certain home remedies such as dieting (eating less fat), exercising regularly by doing resistance training on top of cardio (exercises like squats, lunges and planks), getting enough sleep every night, increasing your water intake to stay hydrated throughout the day, and drinking less alcohol.
Creams and Lotions
There are also creams and lotions available on the market that claim to help reduce cellulite, however there is no scientific evidence that proves these products work. Some of these products contain certain ingredients such as aminophylline, caffeine (which has been shown in studies to be effective), retinol and vitamin C which may temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite. However, the effects are usually short-lived and you would need to continue using the product for long-term results.
Venus Freeze RF
Venus Freeze™ is a non-surgical cellulite treatment that uses multi-polar radio frequency and pulsed electromagnetic fields to safely and comfortably heat the tissue under the surface of the skin. This stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers, which firms and smooths the skin. It also decreases the amount of fat under the skin and improves blood circulation to the area. Overall, Venus Freeze™ can diminish the appearance of cellulite and/or sagging skin.
Venus Freeze™ can be used on the face, neck, and body, depending on the location of the cellulite. Treatments tend to last around 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. During Venus Freeze™ treatment, you can expect to feel a warm applicator moved over the skin. Many people say this feels like a hot stone massage. It is usually recommended to have at least 6-8 treatments to obtain the best results. The results last around 3-4 months, at which time maintenance treatments can be performed to maintain your results.
In this blog post, we have discussed what cellulite is, what causes it, and how to get rid of it. We have also talked about the different treatments available for cellulite. If you are looking to reduce the appearance of cellulite, Venus Freeze™ is a non-invasive treatment that may be right for you. Contact us today to book your consultation!