Thursday, June 17, 2010

Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Cellulite

Cellulite is no one’s friend. While most people are familiar with its appearance, not everyone is aware of how cellulite is caused or treated. Cellulite, or the dimpled appearance of the skin found on the hips, thighs, and buttocks, is found on 80% of women. Cellulite is a lot less common in males due to differences in the way fat, muscle and connective tissues are dispersed in men and women's skin.

What causes cellulite?

Cellulite is caused by fibrous connective cords that unite the skin to the underlying muscle. The cords secure the skin to deeper structures with the fat lying in between. As the fat cells build up, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords are pulling down. This creates the dimpling of the skin

Does everyone have the same cellulite?

Mild cases of cellulite can only be seen when the skin is pinched, while more severe cases create the appearance of rumpled and bumpy skin with areas of peaks and valleys. Cellulite is most common around the thighs and buttocks, however, it can also be found on the breasts, lower abdomen and upper arms.

Does weight gain cause cellulite?

While weight gain is not a direct cause of cellulite, however, heavier persons may have more pronounced dimpling. Contrary to widespread misconceptions, thinner people are susceptible to cellulite as well.

How do I get rid of my cellulite?

There is no proven ‘cure’ for cellulite, however, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce it’s appearance:

  • Maintain a normal weight…heavier persons can have a more pronounced cellulite
  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce your intake of high-fat foods, salt, alcohol, coffee and highly processed foods
  • Eat plenty of fiber
  • Drink an adequate amount of water daily to cleanse your body of toxins
  • Exercise regularly

For Boca Raton residents that are still not satisfied with the appearance of their cellulite, there are numerous cosmetic treatments available. At Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, we hava a number of sevices that we use to diminish cellulite including the Alma Accent Device, Elemes Smoothshapes and Synerons Velashape 2. These devices use radiofrequency and /or light energy to treat loose skin and cellulite with minimal pain and downtime. For optimal results, 6 to 8 treatments are usually performed at 2-4 week intervals.

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