Cellulite Overview, Causes, Treatment
It usually affects the buttocks and thighs but can also occur in other areas. It occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin.
- Between 80 and 90 percent of women will probably experience cellulite.
- Cellulite is also known as orange-peel skin, due to its texture.
- Numerous treatments available, but the effect is mostly temporary.
- A diet low in fat, smoking cessation, and an active lifestyle may help reduce the incidence cellulite.
What is cellulite?
Also known as orange-peel skin due to its appearance and affects 80 to 90 percent of women.
Also a term for the formation of lumps and dimples in the skin.
Common names for cellulite are orange-peel skin, cottage-cheese skin, hail damage, and the mattress phenomenon.
Cellulite can affect both men and women, but it is more common in females, due to the different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue.
Between 80 and 90 percent of women may experience cellulite at some point in their lives.
A severity scale, published in 2009, ranks the condition using three grades:
Grade 1, or mild: There is an “orange-peel” appearance, with between 1 and 4 superficial depressions, and a slightly “draped” or sagging appearance to the skin.
Grade 2, or moderate: There are between five and nine medium-depth depressions, a “cottage cheese” appearance, and the skin appears moderately draped.
Grade 3, or severe: There is a “mattress” appearance, with 10 or more deep depressions, and the skin is severely draped.
The exact cause of cellulite is unknown, but it appears to result from an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin, and the layer of fat that is just below it.
In women, the fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically.
If the fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, this gives the appearance of cellulite.
In men, the tissue has a criss-cross structure, which may explain why are less likely to have cellulite than women.
Some other factors appear to be linked to the chance of having cellulite.
Hormonal factors and age
One theory is that as estrogen in women decreases in the approach to menopause, blood flow to the connective tissue under the skin also decreases.
These factors combine to makes the fat deposits more visible. As the fat under the skin protrudes through weakening connective tissue, the familiar dimpling effect results.
Age also causes the skin to becomes less elastic, thinner, and more likely to sag. This increases the chance of cellulite developing.
Certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genetic factors can be linked to a person’s speed of metabolism, distribution of fat under the skin, ethnicity, and circulatory levels. These can affect the chance of cellulite developing.
Dietary and lifestyle factors
Cellulite is not caused by “toxins,” although a healthy lifestyle may help reduce the risk.
People who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, and salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.
It may also be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.
Wearing underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks can limit blood flow, and this may contribute to the formation of cellulite.
Cellulite is more prevalent in people who have excess fat, but slim and fit people can have it too. It is more likely to happen after the age of 25 years, but it can affect younger people as well, including teenagers.
Treatment and removal
There are two types of treatments used by Dr. Sergio Veduzco. PB Serum and Liposonix for cellulite removal.
or quite some time, Liposonix has been used overseas, and recently, it’s being used in America. Liposonix is commonly used to reduce cellulite, and by permanently removing fat cells, it can reduce your waist size.
The procedure involves the use of ultrasonic waves, which are focused to eliminate fat cells. If you want to reduce cellulite and prefer to avoid surgery, Liposonix could be a great treatment option for you. The side effects are very minimal, and there is no downtime associated with the procedure.
For many decades, tens of thousands of individuals have tried to selectively remove fat. In the past, the only way that you could selectively remove fat from a specific area was to undergo liposuction. Today, cosmetic treatment options are different, and you can selectively remove cellulite with Liposonix.
How Does It Work?
Although it’s a very popular treatment, a lot of people still don’t know how Liposonix works. The procedure uses high-intensity ultrasound waves. Also called HIFU, the focused ultrasound causes fat cells to die, and it works safely and effectively. By focusing intense ultrasound energy about one to two centimeters below your skin’s surface, we’re able to kill fat cells while avoiding trauma and burns to the skin.