Cellulite: All you need to know

1.Is cellulite dangerous?

Cellulite is not dangerous, but many people concern about the appearance of their skin and that is the reason why they seek treatment. 

2. What is cellulite?

Cellulite is the uneven (dimply), lumpy skin you can notice in some parts of your body, the most common are:  

  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Belly
  • Arms,
  • Breast.

3.What causes cellulite?

There are 3 main facts that took place in the formation of cellulite. 

First, cellulite is formed when adipocytes increase in number or volume. Adipocytes are fat cells that, by increasing their size, can also cause compression of the capillaries. 

Second, there is an alteration in lipogenesis. In other words, the body accumulates more fat  than it uses (lipolysis). 

Third, there is water retention, it produces swelling due to lack of drainage. As a result, you will notice that orange peel skin.

4.Why do I have cellulite?

Some of the main causes of this fat buildup are:

  • Genetics: Family history of obesity and cellulite.
  • Lack of exercise or sedentary lifestyle.
  • Inadequate diet: excess calories, fat, sodium and processed food.
  • Stress.
  • High alcohol intake.
  • Smoking.
  • Wearing inappropriate clothing such as tight clothing or pretty high heels.
  • Spending long periods of time on your feet.
  • Hormonal factors: High levels of estrogens leading to edema. These changes usually occur with processes such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause, premenstrual period or consumption of contraceptive pills. Therefore, they trigger or worsen cellulite if it already exists.
  • Circulatory disorders.
  • Accumulated toxins.
  • Weight gain.

5.How do I know what my type I have?

In 2009, cellulite was divided in 3 grades according to their characteristics (appearance of the skin). These are the 3 of them:

First grade or mild: the orange peel is not yet observed.

Second grade or moderate: orange peel appears when the skin is compressed.

Third grade or severe: orange peel appears when standing up and is permanent.

6.Is it possible to prevent or reduce cellulite?

There are some tips that you can do to prevent cellulite, but remember that your body is different from others; However,  what works on other people may not work on you, but try these and be persistent, that is the key!

  1. Limit caffeine intake.
  2. Avoid states of stress. Nerves, anxiety and constant tension can worsen or trigger a cellulite process.
  3. Don’t smoke. It generates dysfunction in your circulation and prevents the absorption of vitamins.
  4. Have a healthy diet. Avoid the consumption of refined foods that generate a greater amount of waste products or toxic substances, as well as the accumulation of fats.
  5. Reduce or avoid the consumption of alcoholic beverages because they generate toxic substances in the body, affecting the normal functioning of the liver and kidneys.
  6. Increase the consumption of fibers. It helps regulate intestinal transit.
  7. Increase water consumption. It helps to maintain a constant active circulation, oxygenating the blood and facilitating the disposal of toxic substances.
  8. Exercise. It stimulates circulation – both of the cardiovascular system and of the lymphatic system
  9. Avoid tight clothing and high heels.
  10. Incorporate into your routine 1 or 2 weekly sessions of  lymphatic drainage. It drains toxins out of your body and improves circulation.

7.Are there any home treatments for cellulite?

  • Exercise: Here some of the most effective exercises to combat cellulite
  • Change your lifestyle
  •  Use the dry brushing technique( read how here)
  •  Make your own cream with coffee ground
  • Massage the area daily  
  • Drink Healthy Juices and plenty of water  (link)

Know how and recipes in our blog “Home remedies to reduce cellulite

8.What are the treatments available to reduce cellulite?

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has reviewed a number of techniques that may be successful in reducing the appearance of cellulite. However, as we said before, you can use these types of treatments taking into account that it will take several sessions to see changes. In addition, you have to change your lifestyle habits. Some of the most remarkable treatments are:

  • Anti-cellulite massage.

It is a combination of different techniques for example lymphatic drainage (to get rid of toxins); deep tissue massage ( to break and drain adipose tissues); and sculpting techniques (to give your body a better shape). If you are interested in a non-invasive treatment such as this body sculpting Hendersonville, always makes sure to use pros who will treat you well.

  • Wood therapy massage.

It uses shaped wood pieces that allow the therapist to move and drain accumulated adipose tissue. It can be used in all the areas you want to sculpt.

  • Acoustic wave therapy.

It can take several sessions to see results. This technique uses a hand-held device to transmit sound waves. 

  • Laser treatment.

The procedure consists in inserting a very small laser probe under your skin. The laser breaks up the fat tissue. This can also thicken the skin by increasing collagen production. When the skin gets thicker it may reduce the appearance of the cellulite.

  • Subcision.  

Your dermatologist puts a needle under your skin to break up the connective tissue bands. Results can last 2 years or more.

  • Vacuum-assisted precise tissue release.

It cuts the connective bands under your skin with little blades. As a result,  the tissue underneath moves up to fill the space under the skin, removing the appearance of cellulite. Experts say it may last for 3 years.

  • Carboxytherapy.

It must be performed by a certified professional who will insert carbon dioxide gas under your skin. It is important that you know that it could have side effects like bruising and discomfort after the procedure, but some cellulite might disappear.

  • Endermologie.

It involves a deep massage with a vacuum-like device that lifts the skin. 

We hope this information is useful for you. If you need advice or have any questions about our treatments, please contact us. You can find us in Mill Hill Broadway and Islington.  If you like this blog, please share it!







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