Come January it’s a New Year’s resolution, by April it’s all that stands between you and becoming bikini beach ready, its cellulite. No matter how hard you fight it you just can’t seem to get rid of those stubborn dimples.
What is cellulite? And how can you get rid of it once and for all?
Cellulite “is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs, and usually occurs after puberty,” according to an article in Medical News Today.
There are three grades of cellulite:
Grade 1 – If you have grade one cellulite you have no clinical symptoms, but a closer examination of cells shows anatomical changes.
Grade 2 – Those who have grade 2 cellulite have skin that shows pallor, is lower in temperature, and has decreased elasticity.
Grade 3 – By grade 3 cellulite causes visible roughness of the skin, similar to an orange peel, and all the signs of grade two.
If you feel like you’re the only one in your relationship fighting cellulite, you’re probably right. More women battle cellulite statistically. Women are more likely to experience cellulite because they have particular types of fat and connective tissue.
Understanding cellulite is nice, but how about fighting it?
While doctors don’t know for certain what causes cellulite, there are several theories:
Your hormones – researchers believe hormones play a significant role in the development of cellulite. It’s a commonly held belief that estrogen, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, prolactin, and insulin play a part in cellulite production.
Your genes – certain genes are required in order for cellulite to develop. Your genes may predispose you to particular characteristics associated with cellulite like: gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat and circulatory insufficiency. For example, some people are predisposed to fat that is distributed just underneath the skin which makes cellulite more common, according to Medical News Today.
What you eat – it’s time to re-evaluate your diets. Those who don’t get enough fiber are more likely to develop cellulite. Eat a diet heavy in carbohydrates, fats, and/or salt and you’re increasing the likelihood as well.
Your lifestyle – studies show that smokers, those who sit or stand for long periods of time, and those who are less active are more likely to develop cellulite.
What you wear – Some people believe that tight underwear may cause cellulite due to the lack of blood flow.
How to Fight Cellulite
While there are many methods of addressing cellulite, the therapies have yet to be scientifically proven. Still many people see positive results from:
- Lymphatic drainage
- Pneumatic massages
- Massages that stimulate lymphatic flow
- Heat therapy
- Radio frequency therapy
- Magnetic therapy
- Radial waves therapy
- Electrical stimulation
How to Prevent Cellulite
While there is no one way to prevent cellulite from ever appearing on your body during the course of your lifetime, there are ways to increase your chances of avoiding mass cellulite. You can eat healthier, building a diet high in fiber and low fat foods. You can increase your activity, and take breaks from sitting and/or standing for long periods of time. Reducing stress is also helpful in the fight against cellulite.
At Dayton Dandes Medical Center we offer electro-lymphatic drainage and other services that address cellulite. Schedule your appointment today to begin the fight against stubborn cellulite.
MedicalNewsToday.com: “What is Cellulite, What Causes Cellulite?”