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Cellulite is a harmless condition that affects nearly 90% of women at some point during their lives. In a nutshell, cellulite can be defined as deposits of subcutaneous fat under the skin. It commonly occurs around the thighs, buttocks, waist and hips and can be a huge aesthetic concern for many. Despite its prevalence, there is plenty of misinformation about what cellulite really is, what causes it and how to get rid of it.
Here are some common beliefs about cellulite that we have listed down to help you separate the myths from facts:
This is a myth.
Many products claim to treat cellulite by removing toxins and impurities from the body. Often, none of these claims are backed by science. Cellulite is certainly not caused by toxins. Rather, it develops when fat deposits begin to bulge out through the layers of the connective tissue underneath the skin. Connective tissue can be weakened due to hormonal changes, poor circulation and excess fat.
Certainly a myth.
Bulging fats are definitely part of how noticeable cellulite can be, but it is really the connective fibers between the muscle and skin that create the dimpling, lumpy effect. Cellulite also happens to women of all shapes and sizes, regardless of how much body fat they have.
This is a fact.
Although younger women also show signs of cellulite, older women have fewer factors working in their favour. Loss of skin elasticity, increased sun damage, hormonal changes and increased body fat are all part of the cellulite equation.
This is a fact.
It’s true that cellulite can be genetic. If it runs in your family, you have a higher chance of developing it too. That being said, genetics is not the only factor that determines the formation of cellulite; factors like exercise, diet and lifestyle also play a role.
Clothes like compression-style leggings can reduce thigh jiggle while exercising — but that’s about it. They don’t actually have any lasting results on the skin. In fact, some tight clothes can do the opposite. Elastic bands, for instance, can limit blood flow and can contribute to the appearance of cellulite.
Indeed a fact.
While exercising alone cannot fully treat cellulite, it can help to reduce or prevent its appearance. Cellulite occurs when the connective fibers under the skin lose elasticity or become weak. That’s why stretching and strengthening those areas can be helpful in repairing the connective fibers.
This is a fact.
Just like exercise, diet also alone cannot determine the appearance of cellulite. However, following a clean and well-balanced diet can reduce inflammation in the body and help you sustain a healthy weight. Additionally, staying hydrated also helps to keep the connective tissue strong and supple.
Definitely a fact.
Smoking hampers the blood vessel flow and disrupts the formation of collagen. This can easily stretch and damage the connective tissue, resulting in the underlying fat to show through. Additionally, smoking affects the skin in lots of other ways too. It causes premature wrinkles and stretch marks, leaving the skin dry and discoloured.
Inject-able fillers used for plumping up sagging cheekbones and removing facial wrinkles have shown to be beneficial for cellulite. For people who are particularly slender, a filler can plump up the cellulite-affected area and even it out well, creating an illusion of smoother skin. However, the procedure can be extremely costly, and the results tend to only last a few months.
Yes, it is a fact.
LPG endermologie is the most common non-invasive treatment that smoothens out the appearance of cellulite. It uses a combination of rollers and suction to knead the body, breaking up cellulite and getting rid of excess fluid. It is also beneficial for improving blood circulation.
At FCBS Dubai, we offer LPG endermologie services for combating unaesthetic manifestations such as wrinkles, sagging skin, cellulite and more. Get in touch with us today to know more about our services that can help you on your journey to smoother, firmer and healthier skin.