Cellulite. For many women, just the notion of it conjures up fear and anger. And while cellulite is certainly far more common in women than it is in men, the idea that it does not affect thin people is a myth. Because although cellulite is partly the result of fat deposits, it is primarily an issue based in the structure of the skin. That means it can affect anyone. In fact, those with a family history of thin skin can count on their cellulite being more pronounced and visible.
To the naked eye, cellulite often appears as dimples on the surface of the skin – usually on the stomach, thighs, or buttocks — with an “orange peel” texture. Those experiencing more pronounced cases often exhibit large, lumpy areas of skin with deep creases. It is the deposits of fat that rest next to collagen fibers connected to muscle that is the cause of cellulite. The muscle pulls the fibers and the fat deposits grow larger and bulge out, hence the physical appearance.
The good news is that cellulite is a wholly cosmetic problem and poses no real health risks. Furthermore, there are many modern treatment options that can help curb this unsightly affliction of the skin.
Weight loss is an all-natural and effective way to reduce the appearance of cellulite for many people. In fact, according to studies performed of women enrolled in various supervised weight-loss programs, the average participant saw a decrease in its appearance. But for some women, the effect of losing weight actually worsened the appearance of cellulite.
If weight loss doesn’t do the trick, this non-invasive treatment just might. Retinol stimulates the skin, and by applying a 0.3% retinol-based topical solution around the area for six months, those suffering from cellulite can boost skin thickness. This in turn reduces the appearance of cellulite. That said, some studies have shown that a retinol solution does not markedly show differences in skin thickness.
Retinol creams are not the only topical solutions out there. Some studies have shown that methylxanthines can help reduce the effects of cellulite. Substances such as caffeine, aminophylline and theophylline are all methylxanthines, and creams containing such products can help break down fat.
Massage and/or suction
Modern lipomassage devices have proven effective as a temporary remedy for cellulite. These machines function by kneading the skin through a combination of massage and suction in order to reduce fat. These devices are currently used in many dermatology practices as well as health spas. Treatment with such machines usually involves two 35-minute sessions per week for a duration of fourteen weeks.
The use of lasers to treat cellulite is common and is usually an effective choice for those with more severe cases. The process involves using a laser device to build collagen in the connective tissue just beneath the surface of the skin. This has the direct result of thickening the skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite. Health professionals may use laser therapy in conjunction with massage and/or cooling for maximum effect.
These are just a few options available for those suffering from unseemly cellulite. Aside from these more clinical approaches, some people have found success in reducing the appearance of cellulite through all-natural herbal creams containing gingko and various oils.
Jennie Broyles is a professional blogger that enjoys providing consumers with health and beauty advice. She writes for Cosmedex, a leading plastic surgery center.