Cellulite is simply a term that describes the appearance of bumpy looking fat on the body. It is a condition of bulging fat cells and other coexisting factors that result in the appearance of cellulite. This dimpling is irregular and patchy and has been identified with orange peel. Moreover, the fat cells expand so much that they cause the collagen fibres around them to bend causing puckering of the skin above.
Cellulite is located in the layer of fat closest to the skin (subcutaneous layer). The fat cells are enclosed in pockets formed by collagen fibres. Sometimes the fat cells squeeze on the connective tissues (collagen fibres) and there is little room for the lymphatic drainage system to relieve this build-up of fluids, fats, and toxins. Fat in this layer does not respond well to diet or exercise. The thighs, buttocks and the abdomen are the most common areas for a woman to develop cellulite.
Causes of cellulite:
- Most common founded in women than men because connective tissues are more inflexible than male; therefore as the adipose cells expand, they are more likely to bulge toward the skin. Also, men’s skin is thicker than a women’s, so when excess fat is present, its lumpy appearance is less noticeable underneath the skin.
- An excess estrogen is frequently the cause of water retention and makes fat cells larger.
Diet and exercise
- Lack of exercise and a poor diet contribute to cellulite, too much sitting, clogged arteries, or nutrient deficiency, can have a disastrous impact on cellulite formation.
- Salty and fatty foods, retains fluid in the body and thus helps in the formation of cellulite.
How to measure your cellulite:
The simple way to visually grade cellulite is “Pinch Test”. Use your index finger and your thumb pinch the skin on your outer thigh and look for dimpling.
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•Grade Zero: There is no visible cellulite, even if the skin is pinched. Overall, the skin looks and feels smooth.
•Grade One: Cellulite is not evident when you’re standing or sitting, but if the skin is pinched, it becomes noticeable.
•Grade Two: When standing, there appears to be cellulite, but when you lay down it disappears.
•Grade Three: The skin looks dimpled regardless if you are standing or sitting and always when you pinch it.
Tips to reduce cellulite:
- Coffee wrap has been used in spa treatments to firm tissue and decrease water retention.
- Exercise is known to be very effective in dealing with cellulite.
- Eat a low fat diet, you can be sure that you are doing what you can to avoid fat cells growing. So, be sure your diet is rich in fruits and vegetables and try to avoid those extra fats.
- Other aesthetic treatment such as Liposuction, Mesotherapy, Endermologia (LPG) and Carboxytherapy.