Though the term “cellulite” may sound like a serious medical condition, it really isn’t. Cellulite is fat that is stored beneath the skin. It pushes against connective tissue, which causes bumps to appear on the skin. Cellulite is not dangerous, but most people do not like the look of cellulite.
What causes cellulite and how can it be treated?
Causes of Cellulite
Cellulite does not only afflict those who are overweight – thin people can have cellulite as well. Losing weight will help reduce the affects of cellulite though.
Women usually have more cellulite than men. Cellulite is most commonly caused by hereditary, but can also be caused by a poor diet, slow metabolism, quick weight loss diets, minimal physical activity, dehydration, hormone changes, obesity, thickness of skin, and colour of skin.
Cellulite tends to be more noticeable on light and pale skin. The cellulite bumps are more easily hidden with darker skin. It is advisable for women with light skin to apply some self-tanner to cellulite areas when out in a bathing suit or shorts.
Treatment Method #1: Balms, Lotions and Creams
There are a lot of treatment options available for cellulite. Many products and treatments offer complete eradication of cellulite, but research and evidence has shown that most balms, lotions and creams work on a temporary basis.
Many creams promise to dissolve the fat underneath the skin and then smooth out the skin. Many of these cellulite products contain aminophylline (a drug used to treat asthma) but have no scientific research to prove effective relief from cellulite. You should consult your family doctor before taking any cellulite cream in case of harmful reactions. People with circulatory problems should also take caution as well.
Treatment Method #2: Liposuction
If a temporary cream is not what you are looking for, perhaps the surgical route will be suited for you. With liposuction, fat deposits are removed from the body. Again though, there is no evidence that liposuction is an effective method against cellulite. Liposuction only removes deep fat, and not the fat that is just under the skin.
Treatment Method #3: Mesotherapy
Another treatment option is mesotherapy – a method that uses injections of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and enzymes. The injections treat the tissue just beneath the skin and break down the fat that lurks there. The jury is still out on mesotherapy and some people have experienced swelling, infection and unsightly contours.
Treatment Method #4: Massage
Massage and other spa treatments can be used to treat cellulite but will only give temporary relief to the dimpling and the bumps.
Treatment Method #5: Exercise
The other treatment methods may have merit and may provide temporary relieve of cellulite. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet that cures cellulite. Perhaps one is not too far off in the future.
Until then, the best thing to do is exercise, lose some weight, lift weights, and eat foods that are rich in vitamins and fiber.
Like many other medical conditions, cellulite is a bit of a mystery. Until more concrete findings surface, try to improve overall health and survive with a temporary treatment solution.
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Greg Smith is a freelance writer who regularly contributes to a blog that endorses exercise for cellulite.