You often hear about cellulite, sometimes referred to as “cottage cheese,” “orange peel” or “hail damage” due to the appearance of skin texture, and you know you don’t want it and if you’ve got it, you know you want to eliminate it – but what is it, and who is prone to it?
What exactly is cellulite?
Cellulite, also known as adiposis edematosa, is a condition in which the skin appears to be dimpled and lumpy as a result of areas with underlying fat deposits. It’s not an uncommon state – dermatologists believe that cellulite affects up to 90 percent of women at some point in their lives, and men can get it also, but fat less likely. They classify cellulite using three grades, with the third grade being the most severe.
In addition to visible dimpling, symptoms of cellulite also include a visible roughness of skin, pastiness, lower skin temperature in affected areas, and reduced elasticity. Women tend to get more cellulite around knees, saddlebags, stomach, triceps area and buttocks because there are more layers of fat there.
What causes cellulite?
In general, the causes of cellulite are not well understood. But the fact is, cellulite is a normal condition in humans, and its appearance is dictated by factors that you can’t control. Specifically, hormones and genetics. As women get older, their bodies make less estrogen, which impacts blood vessels. This results in poor circulation, which also decreases collagen production and results in the breakdown of connective tissues. Fat cells become larger and protrude through the collagen. Estrogen produces fat, and too much estrogen makes fat cells larger.
Genes also play a role. In women, the connective tissue that holds fat is not very strong. Also, women’s adrenergic receptor ratios are skewed towards alpha-receptors, which produce fat (beta-receptors, the other kind of receptor, breaks down fat).
In addition, there are family genetic predispositions to cellulite, so that if you mother and grandmother have it, you will be prone to it as well. Age and gender can be factors, too – men’s skin structure is stronger, and they typically have as many beta-receptors as alpha-receptors.
Are there lifestyle factors that come into play?
Yes. Diet can be a contributing factor to having visible cellulite. But even if you have a healthy diet and active lifestyle, you may still suffer from cellulite if the structure of your skin, determined by genetics and hormones, creates favorable conditions for cellulite to occur.
Why Cellulaze is the Cure to Eliminate Cellulite
The truth is, because cellulite is a condition that affects architecture of cells beneath the skin, the best way to treat it is to go to a doctor. You can’t make a difference in the appearance of cellulite with therapies like topical skin creams because they don’t go below the surface.
To be effective, physicians must use therapies that that go below the surface to treat the fibers that lie under your skin. These therapies include Cellulaze, which treats the fibers with a laser to level out fat bumps, reduces dimples by releasing the fibrous bands that pull skin down, liquify and press out fat, and stimulate collagen production.
If you’re interested in finding out how to eliminate cellulite, schedule a free consultation at WIFH today.