What is cellulite?
Cellulite is the common name given to the dimpling seen on some skin types. It is common in females (80-90% of post adolescent females) and rare in males.
It is not related to being over weight. Scientifically we know that there rare predisposing factors to cellulite such as hormones like oestrogen, insulin, adrenaline and nor adrenaline, thyroid and prolactin. And more recently cellulite has been found linked to gene mutations in hypoxia induced factor 1A (HIF1a) and angiotension converting enzyme (ACE) genes. Diet and lifestyle also play a part with increased stress and carbohydrate consumption leading to cellulite.
How is cellulite formed?
The true cause is unknown but it is thought to be a combination of hardening of the connective tissue, enlarged fat cells, poor circulation, water retention, and accumulation of waste products. Essentially the stiffened connective tissue traps excess fluid and waste into the layers close to the skin surface to create a dimpling appearance.
What is the treatment of cellulite?
To be completely honest, there is no long lasting fix for cellulite. Some treatments offer temporary improvements (days to weeks usually) but the skin eventually returns back to its natural dimpled state. These include massage devices that suck and roll the skin to improve circulation and breakdown waste, creams combined with hand held massage devices and low carbohydrate, high protein diets with copious water intake. Liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite.
If the dimpled skin appearance is in fact due to loss of elasticity in the skin as seen with age and weight loss, then Thermage CPT, skin tightening can help, as well as the latest advancement in cellulite and body tightening the Endymed® 3Deep. This device pulses radio-frequency waves into the skin to create a tighter, thicker and smoother skin. The cellulite appearance of the loose skin is thus improved with virtually no downtime and minimal discomfort.