What is cellulite?
Cellulite appears as dimples and indents on your thighs, stomach or buttocks. Cellulite generally affects women, and usually appears after puberty. While men normally don’t get cellulite as often, as they have lower amounts of estrogen in their bodies, it is possible and can happen.
It is often believed that cellulite can be treated with a healthy diet and more exercise. However, this will never completely remove cellulite. It doesn’t just appear on people who weigh more, even thin women can get cellulite, and some heavier women will not get it. Cellulite, particularly in prominent areas, can have a negative impact on a person’s self-esteem and confidence levels.
What causes cellulite?
There are numerous factors which are associated with the appearance of cellulite. This includes ageing, genetics, hormones and weight. However, cellulite isn’t a problem with the fat in the body. Instead, it is a structural problem. Structural problems which will make cellulite appear more prominently include:
- Having thin skin
- Pockets of fat which are then pushed up against the skin
- Tight and inflexible connective tissue bands surrounding fat cells underneath your skin.
So what can you do to get rid of cellulite?
There are tonnes of cellulite treatments you can try. Some items you may already have in your house, while other methods will require a surgeon. Some ways to get rid of cellulite include:
1. Cellulite creams
There is a huge range of cellulite creams available, but most of them will have the same active ingredient – caffeine. Caffeine works to dehydrate the fat cells, which then shrinks them.
If you’re wanting to use cellulite creams, make sure to apply them correctly. Aggressively massage the cream to see better results. However, as with most non-surgical treatments, as soon as you stop using the cream frequently, you will notice the cellulite will come back.
2. Coffee scrubs
This is similar to the cellulite cream, as caffeine is the main active ingredient. Exfoliating with a coffee scrub will help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. To have best results, you will need to do this daily. As with the creams, when you stop the coffee scrub treatment, you will notice a return of the cellulite.
3. Dry scrubbing
There may not be a lot of scientific evidence backing up this method, but it is one that people swear by. Dry brushing opens up the pores, stimulates blood and lymph flow, removes dry skin and promotes tighter skin.
If you’re going to undertake dry scrubbing, remember not to do it too vigorously – you don’t want to end up with irritated, red skin. Make sure you use a brush with natural bristles, with bristles that are stiff but not too hard. You may even want to consider getting a brush that allows for a detachable handle for easier use.
4. Consume gelatin and omega-3s
Gelatin is rumoured to help the removal of cellulite, but has many other benefits as well! It’s great for your skin, hair and nail growth, aids in joint recovery, tightens loose skin, and can even help with digestion.
Meanwhile, omega-3s help to balance out the bad types of fats that are consumed, giving you smoother tissue and skin.
This is one that you can’t try at home by yourself – you will need to head to someone qualified to practice mesotherapy. Mesotherapy involves injecting minerals, vitamins, coenzymes, hyaluronic acid and nucleic acid into the tissue beneath the skin. This will help to hydrate the skin and leave you looking much more radiant and youthful. Mesotherapy also helps with pigmented skin, loose skin and wrinkles and lines, so there are many benefits to this procedure.
Centre for Surgery offers mesotherapy as a non-surgical option to remove cellulite. If you are interested in this procedure, contact us today to get more information or to book a consultation.