When people hear the term cellulite, they think that it refers to a complicated illness that requires specialized treatment. However, the truth is that cellulite is the same as fat that is found in any part of the body. The only difference is that the fat deposits have developed just underneath the skin.
Why Cellulite Produces Skin Dimpling
This dimpling in the skin happens because the fat is so close to the skin and is pushing up on connective tissue underneath the skin. This causes some areas of the skin to pucker up, thereby creating the dimple effect.
Facts and Misconceptions
A common misconception about cellulite is that it only appears in overweight people. The truth is that even very thin people can develop cellulite. That being said, if a person improves their diet, increases their exercise, and loses weight, they may see a reduction in their cellulite.
Men are less likely to develop cellulite than women. Like many other things in life, it is hereditary. This means that if your mother, your grandmother, your sisters, and your aunts have developed it, it’s probable that you will too.
Genetic and Environmental Reasons
While your genetics are outside of your control, there are some things that you can control, and others that you can’t that determine whether or not you will get cellulite. For example, if you have a poor diet that’s full of fat, it’s likely that you will develop it. Or if you find yourself on yo-yo diets or using fad diets, it is likely that you will develop it.
Some things that are out of your control are your metabolism. If it is slow, you will develop fat. Other things include hormonal changes, the thickness of your skin, and your skin color. Individuals with darker skin have the advantage of having their cellulite looking less noticeable. However, individuals with lighter skin can use a self-tanner if they intend to be outdoors in shorts or bathing suit and want to diminish the appearance of their cellulite.
If you are battling with cellulite, it is a good idea to drink water. Dehydration and cellulite go hand-in-hand. And even though thin individuals can develop cellulite, the higher your body fat level, the more cellulite you will have.
There are a lot of treatments out there that are designed to address cellulite. Some are more effective than others. For example, some creams have been shown to be mildly effective at removing cellulite. However, the majority of these creams work by forcing water from the skin and narrowing blood vessels. This could actually have a negative effect on individuals who have circulatory problems.
Liposuction works on fat deposits that are deep in the body. So it is not a viable treatment. In fact, dermatologists recognize that liposuction may actually make cellulite worse by creating further dimples in the skin.
To find out more about treatments, contact Fine Arts Skin and Laser today to schedule a consultation.