What Causes Cellulite?

For men and women who are overweight, there is no condition that is quite as embarrassing as cellulite. The fatty deposits that cause the skin to warp and dimple are the classic characteristics, but what causes cellulite, how can it be treated, and is there a way to prevent its formation?

What is Cellulite?

Although it has been around since human beings have walked the earth, the name cellulite did not come about until the 1920s when describing this condition. It is basically pockets of fat that are trapped under the skin and cause it to dimple and warp. While occasionally men get cellulite, it mostly affects women in the post-puberty years. Cellulite is most often found on the upper legs, hips, and buttocks region and can even be found on women who are underweight.

What Causes Cellulite to Form?

It forms as subcutaneous layers of fat that are trapped under the epidermis. When hormonal changes occur in women, such as passing puberty, pregnancy, or undergoing menopause, it actually accelerates the process of cellulite formation. Because of how the fat is formed and where it is located, the result is the dimpling caused by the connective tissues that now store the fatty deposits.

That is why traditional methods of fat burning, diet and exercise, are often less effective because the body does not tap cellulite in the same manner as the fat stored around the hips and torso for energy. Plus, removing the fat by using liposuction can also be difficult because of the various deposits and strands that hold the fat together.

How to Remove the Cellulite?

One of the more interesting methods is called cellulite reduction therapy. This is the use of an FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment that developed in the 1980s is essentially a device that is placed against the skin and creates a massage-like effect. The device basically breaks up the fatty deposits and smooths the skin so that it appears more normal.

The massage action also stimulates the blood and lymph flow through the legs which helps absorb the now broken-up fat deposits back into the body. When combined with a proper diet and exercise program, it can help speed the reduction of the cellulite and reshape the legs so that they are smoother and more youthful in their appearance.

The benefits start with being non-surgical and without pain since the tissues are being massaged by the specially created device. This can be used with other forms of treatment for greater effectiveness, but even on its own the device can do a great deal to reduce the effects of cellulite. With the fatty deposits broken up, the body often takes care of the rest.

Understanding what causes cellulite helps put treatments that range from simple changes in diet, establishing an exercise program, and the use of cellulite reduction therapy into a better perspective. While avoiding cellulite buildup is preferred, it’s not always possible which is why having effective cellulite reduction therapy means healthier looking legs, back, and hips.

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