Cellulite: Everything You Need To Know
Envision pressing your hand against a tennis racket so that your skin begins to protrude through the gaps of the mesh, forming little bumps. This, in essence, is how cellulite works.
Directly beneath the dermis of your skin is a layer of fat cells, which are separated by connective tissue. When these fat cells begin to expand, the pressure build-up forces them to protrude through your connective tissue, and against your dermis. This unevenness and irregularity is what gives your skin a dimpling effect.
Cellulite cannot be cured, but it can be managed.
Why are women so susceptible?
Women are more susceptible to developing cellulite than men, due to their genetic and physiological differences. These include:
- Skin and connective tissue: Simply put, the physical structure of women’s collagen – which is the main protein in connective tissue – has the appearance of a picket fence, while men’s collagen looks more like a cross-linked fence. Unfortunately for women, the cross-linked structure is much stronger and will hold fat better than the picket structure does.
- Fat cells and hormones: estrogen, one of the main hormones that makes fat, is prevalent in women. Testosterone, which is more prevalent in men, breaks down fat. Unfortunately, this means that women’s bodies are genetically designed to develop cellulite.
Age is not the main factor
Women from the age of 30 will start to experience thinning of their collagen and loosening of their connective tissue, increasing their likelihood of developing cellulite. This process only proliferates, especially from 40 onward. Click here to find out what else happens as women age – and how to best treat the symptoms of menopause.
The factors that make cellulite worse with age – heightened cortisol levels, environmental toxicity or damage, and insulin resistance – can also cause premature connective tissue damage. This means that, from puberty, young women who are affected by these factors can develop cellulite.
“It’s important to note, however, that when you pinch your skin and see dimples, that is not cellulite; it’s simply a representation of your skin structure,” says owner of 8th Sense Aesthetic, Dr Sly Nedic. “It is when you are lying flat or standing straight, and can see those dimples without forcing your skin, that it is defined as cellulite.”
Prevention and maintenance
Although there are many things that can help to prevent cellulite from developing or worsening, nothing can cure it entirely. Daily aspects of your life that can help you with this include eating organic food, stressing less, doing aerobic exercise, getting enough sleep and monitoring your hormones.
Cellulite is not related to your body weight as much as your metabolism and how many estrogen-mimicking toxins you are exposed to.
Treating cellulite needs to be done holistically to ensure the best results.
“Having a full-body analysis done is essential in order to understand the exact root cause of your cellulite,” says Bridget Hall, partner in the BioMolecular Rejuvenation Institute. “From there, you can be given a problem-specific treatment plan.”
Any non-invasive treatment you try should accomplish the following:
- Improve the dimpling appearance;
- Reduce fat cell size;
- Increase collagen production;
- Tighten connective tissue;
- Increase circulation; and
- Boost movement of water in the body.
If you suffer from cellulite or know that it runs in your family, it is essential to start dealing with it from a young age. This will give you a much better chance of preventing or minimizing it.
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