Cellulite is a very common cosmetic problem for us lovely ladies. With that said, while cellulite affects 90% of women at some point in your lives, it also affects 10% of men. This is because women don’t possess the same amount supportive connective tissue that holds everything in place, especially around your hips and thighs where women tend to carry more fat than men. But do you really know what we’re talking about here? A lot of people tend to think that cellulite is solely associated to fat, but in reality, it’s a skin structure issue.
At Light Touch Clinic, we’ve noticed there is rather a large grey area concerning cellulite for many of our patients, and so we want to help you get to the bottom of the fact and the fiction.
What causes cellulite?
So what causes cellulite? It’s commonly thought that toxins are to blame, but this isn’t the case. When underlying fat deposits manage to push through layers of collagen fibers under the skin, cellulite occurs. These connective tissues can become weakened due to a number of reasons, including poor circulation, hormones, excess fat, and a lack of exercise. Another factor that could contribute is your natural genetics.
If your relatives possess smoother skin then it is more likely that you will too, but don’t get your hopes up too early. With so many other aspects to take into consideration, there is still a high chance you might suffer at some point. Diet, exercise, lifestyle and weight all play a part in the odds of you getting cellulite. While being overweight can put stress on your connective tissues, it does not enhance the appearance of cellulite. Regardless of your size, if you’ve got cellulite – there’s no hiding it.
How can you treat cellulite?
In terms of treatment, we’ve heard it all here at the clinic, and while some methods do help to combat the appearance of cellulite, others really do not and can in fact make your situation worse. Simply by exercising regularly, you can strengthen areas where collagen fibers have become weak, therefore helping but certainly not curing, by any means.
Whether you will or will not get cellulite is not determined by your diet, but eating healthily can help you to maintain a healthy weight. Also, be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day, both for your general health, but also as this strengthens your connective tissue. If you’re a smoker, you are opening yourself up to the possibility of reducing your blood vessel flow which weakens and disrupts the formation of collagen. Cellulite can even be affected by what you wear. Some tight clothing could inhibit circulation and blood flow, so be wary of support garments that claim to reduce your cellulite!
Treatments for you!
So, while there’s no permanent solution yet, there are professional treatment options available, if you know what you’re looking for. Don’t rely on over-the-counter, or even prescription, topical creams as they have never been shown to permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Liposuction is also a very bad idea as this could potentially further distribute fat unevenly and make the appearance of cellulite much worse. Some patients seek dermal filler injections for a temporary benefit, with others opting for more effective, short-term procedures like laser, radiofrequency and massage.
At Light Touch Clinic, we recommend our brand new Exilis Cellusmooth treatment! Using a combination of radiofrequency heat energy and cellutone technology to remodel your collagen, cellulite is effectively reduced by tackling the root of the problem in a non-invasive way.
As one of the first clinics to offer this new treatment, we are very excited to get to work, so don’t hesitate to get in touch and book your consultation today!