What Is Cellulite And What Causes It
Cellulite is that 'dimpled orange peel' skin in certain areas that does not disappear with diet and exercise. Cellulite is the result of changes in both the metabolism and the structure of the adipose (fat) tissue. The formation of cellulite is a gradual process caused by an upset in the delicate balance between the blood circulation, the fat cell metabolism and the lymphatic drainage. The process begins with a slight buildup of fluid in the tissues, which hampers the blood and lymph circulation and the removal of toxins. The fat cells are deprived of oxygen and waste removal; they swell in size and form clusters connected by collagen fibers. Decreased blood flow, decreased lipolysis (fat breakdown) in combination with toxins and fluids continue to accumulate and worsens the condition. The result is a buildup of areas of dimpled skin with poor skin tone.
Most women will develop cellulite somewhere on their body. Genetics, age, hormones, and lifestyle all play a role in the development and appearance of cellulite. Genetics can predispose individuals to developing cellulite; gender, race, circulatory issues, fat distribution, and metabolism are all connected to cellulite development. Age and hormones also lend a hand in cellulite development. As we age, we may have poorer circulation, a decrease in collagen production and the breakdown of connective tissue.
How To Prevent Cellulite
We can't control our genetics, but we can take charge of our lifestyle to prevent and minimize the appearance of cellulite. Below are a few ways to help the appearance of cellulite and prevent cellulite from forming or getting worse:
- Stay Hydrated - Drinking plenty of water and eating foods with a high water content helps keep the body's connective tissue supple and strong.
- A Healthy Diet
- A well-balanced diet, rich low-fat foods such fruits, vegetables and fiber help maintain a healthy weight and supports healthy bodily functions. Avoid too much sugar and salt. Sugar gets stored in fat cells causing them to expand, and sodium causes fluid retention - both worsen the appearance of cellulite.
- Exercise is not a 'cure' for cellulite, but regular activity can help prevent and improve your skin's appearance. Exercise firms and tones muscles, boosts circulation, tightens the skin and burns fat. All of which can make cellulite less visible.
- Nonrestrictive Clothing
- Tight clothing and restrictive underwear can block or limit the flow of blood, which can worsen cellulite. Try to wear comfortable fit clothing as often as possible
- Maintain A Healthy Weight
- Women of all shapes and sizes can develop cellulite. For some, losing weight may help minimize the appearance of cellulite. The more fat underneath the skin, the more strain on the connective tissues which causes cellulite to bulge, and become more pronounced.
- Dry Brushing & Massage - Dry brushing and massage help stimulate blood circulation, and since restricted circulation can worsen cellulite, it can't hurt to give your body that extra help - plus it feels good!
- Quit Smoking - Smoking causes a myriad of health issues, but it also weakens connective tissues by slowing blood flow and disrupting collagen production, allowing underlying fat to show more prominently.
Cellulite Treatment At MaxAesthetics In Philadelphia
There is no complete 'cure' for cellulite, however there are treatments available to dramatically reduce the appearance of dimpled skin. At MaxAesthetics we offer a treatment using radio frequency skin tightening technology and or Micro-needling.
Depending on the severity of your cellulite, a combined use of multiple technologies may be needed.
- Radio Frequency Skin Tightening Cellulite Treatment- Radio Frequency uses controlled heat deep within the skin to tighten the underlying tissue, increase circulation and boost collagen production to break down cellulite and fat. The connective tissues are strengthened, while heat shrinks cells in fatty deposits so that they can be processed and excreted naturally. Radio Frequency is painless and requires no injections or downtime. Multiple sessions are needed for cellulite reduction, Generally 6-10 treatments are recommended for cellulite.