Did you know that 90% of women struggle with cellulite? It’s one of the leading causes for women turning towards plastic surgery – it was said by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that almost 31,000 procedures were performed in 2016 alone.
However, for the ones that don’t want to commit to something as intense as surgery, there are other remedies that they’re willing to spend their money on. Unfortunately, many of these are created by business moguls who can see that cellulite treatment could make them a fair amount of money – even if it doesn’t work, people want to pay out to see if it does.
But to fight cellulite, we need to first know why cellulite occurs in the first place.
The appearance of cellulite is caused by alterations in the fat cells that live in between collagen fibers – this is what makes your skin look the way that it does. However, these cells can lose their structure between collagen which creates that dimpled look on your thighs and other parts of your body.
This is normally caused by genetics; meaning that cellulite could just be a part of your DNA.
However, there are other causes:
- Diet. Eating an excess of processed food can cause cellulite. Areas of the world which don’t have direct access to these types of food are less likely to suffer from cellulite as they eat healthier foods like fruits and veg.
- Hormones. Women are often dealt the harsher hand in life because of our hormones and that’s why women suffer from cellulite more than men. As our estrogen levels decrease, cellulite increases.
- Not enough exercise. Exercise boosts circulation which means that if you exercise more, you’re less likely to develop cellulite because of how your blood is pumping around your body.
- Underwear. Yep, the type of underwear you wear can reflect the pattern that your cellulite has. If your underwear is too tight it can also limit your circulation which we’ve spoken about in the point before. The best underwear to combat cellulite is a thong.
So, now you know what you’re battling against. But what treatments should you avoid? People sadly will pay whatever cost they can to limit the appearance of cellulite. A cellulite specialist named Lionel Bissoon acknowledged the emotional and social impact of cellulite and says that some of his patients have described their cellulite as being emotionally devastating.
- Creams. Creams which contain ingredients such as retinols, caffeine and botanicals tackle the local microcirculation of your skin. These aim to temporarily tighten and brighten the skin. However, Dr. Bissoon says that there is no topical product that can successfully address the fat, the dense collagen and circulation which causes cellulite. Creams only handle the issue of circulation meaning that the fat and collagen would still cause cellulite.
- Brushes. Skin brushing increases the circulation at the surface of your skin so it doesn’t delve deep enough to repair the damage that precedes cellulite.
- Cellulite garments. These garments are often called massage or compression garments which are specialised. They’ve been advertised as a means of fighting cellulite. However, this depends on the individual garments and how often you use them to see how long the effects last.
- Cellulite massagers. These can also be called roller-suction treatments and as they are rolled over the skin, they literally suck it up with the aim to increase circulation. These are usually temporary improvements but they are to be handled with caution as they could lead to bruising if the wrong technique was used.
- Liposuction. This is one of the best known treatments for cellulite and one of the most popular treatments to fight against fat in general. However, Bissoon says that liposuction is intended for body sculpting or contouring and could actually increase the dimpling as it is one of the side effects of liposuction.
- Fat freezing. This treatment is exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a noninvasive treatment which cools the body fat to break down fat cells. However, the American Academy of Dermatology states that while it’s effective for getting rid of unwanted fat, it doesn’t touch the cellulite.
- Weight loss. There is a correlation between cellulite and gaining weight – however, this is something of an urban myth as losing weight can actually make your cellulite look worse. Especially if you suddenly lose a lot of weight as this can lead to loose skin.
So, what should you do?
- Eat more healthily – focusing on fruits and vegetables.
- Stay hydrated!
Even though this post has been kind of negative in pointing out everything that you shouldn’t attempt to rid yourself of cellulite, there is light at the end of the tunnel as researchers are working to find a solution to lessen the appearance of cellulite. These procedures involve acoustic wave therapy, laser treatments and more. However, there is the challenge to see if the cellulite will only be temporarily removed or not.
Don’t lose hope, ladies! There will be something that will work one day.