Cellulite, otherwise known as dimpled-looking skin, is quite common in women and men. However, women get cellulite more frequently because of the way fat and muscle are distributed in the female body. The lumpiness of cellulite is caused by fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath the skin. People might mistake cellulite with cellulitis, which is a skin infection.
Cellulite occurs in all people, regardless of age, race and gender. It is only a small variant of the human body. It can be caused by heredity, skin thickness, gender, and the amount of body fat.
What are the “treatments”?
Many products and remedies have been invented to treat cellulite. They range from creams to mechanical treatments. Some of these treatments include:
- Methylxanthines – a chemical that includes aminophylline, caffeine, and theophylline. These ingredients can break down how fat is stored in the body.
- Dietary supplements – these have ingredients such as ginkgo, bioflavinoids, fish oil and soy. These claim to boost metabolism, improve circulation, and break down fats.
- Massages – There are massaging machines that have been used to treat cellulite. These use rolling cylinders to massage the skin and appears to redistribute the fat.
- Laser/light therapy – There are two devices, TriActive and VelaSmooth, that uses a low-level laser to treat cellulite. These require multiple treatments and are usually quite costly.
- Mesotherapy – an injection of herbs and vitamins into the cellulite. There is some controversy over this treatment since it is unproven and risky.
- Collagenase – injections of collagenase will break down collagen, the tissue that binds our cells together. .
- Cellulite diets – a special diet that reduces inflammation and improves circulation in affected areas.
- Wraps – these are body wraps that may decrease fluid retention and improve skin appearance.
Many of us may think of liposuction when trying to find a solution for cellulite. Please know that liposuction is not a recommended treatment for it worsens the condition and produces more dimpling.
The best way to prevent and treat cellulite is by diet and exercise. Keeping your muscles toned and taut will prevent cellulite from forming. While treatments are available, you should keep in mind that they are costly and time-consuming, whereas dieting and exercising are not.