If you’ve ever felt too embarrassed to wear shorts or you’ve dreaded putting on a swimsuit in the summer thanks to the bumpy, dimpled texture of your legs, you’re not alone. Cellulite is a common problem among both men and women. It’s the type of problem that affects people of all sizes. It can first appear during your teen years or even later in life.
Lots of people wonder if they can prevent cellulite or what they can do to get rid of it. While cellulite can be an annoyance, it doesn’t have to control your life.
What is Cellulite?
To know how to deal with cellulite, you first have to understand what it is…and isn’t. First things first, cellulite isn’t a medical concern. If you (like most people) have cellulite, it’s not a reflection on the state of your health in any way.
Having cellulite doesn’t automatically mean that you need to lose weight. In fact, people who are otherwise pretty slim often struggle with cellulite.
Cellulite develops because you have fat just beneath the skin. You also have fibrous cords under the skin, which connect the skin to your muscle. As the cords pull down on the skin and the fat pushes up against it, you end up with the distinctive bumpy texture of cellulite.
Most often, cellulite develops in the thighs and buttocks. It can also appear on the abdomen, hips, and breasts.
What Can You Do to Prevent Cellulite?
The million dollar question: can you prevent cellulite? The short answer is no, not really. The longer answer is: It depends. While there is no sure-fire, 100 percent way to keep cellulite from forming, there are a few things you can do to help keep it at bay.
First, it helps to understand what factors make it more likely for you to develop cellulite. One risk factor for cellulite is your genes. If your parents or other members of your family have it, it’s very likely that you’ll have cellulite, as well. There’s not much you can do about that.
Other risk factors for cellulite are more within your ability to control. For example, people who don’t exercise much and who are relatively sedentary are more likely to have cellulite. One way to help lower the likelihood that cellulite will develop is to increase the amount you exercise. Even going for a walk daily might be enough to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
While cellulite can develop in people who are at a healthy weight or who are on the thin side, carrying extra weight does make it more likely for cellulite to become visible beneath your skin. Losing excess weight and sticking to a healthy diet can help to minimize cellulite or keep it from becoming more visible.
Cellulite in Men and Women
Cellulite is often presented as an equal-opportunity problem. While it’s true that the trouble can affect both men and women, it’s also true that women are much more likely to develop it.
There are a few reasons for that. One reason is that the fibrous tissue in men’s bodies that connects the skin to the muscles tends to be thicker and stronger. It’s less likely to push the fat towards the surface of the skin.
Another reason is estrogen, which encourages the body to store fat. Women usually have more estrogen than men, making them more prone to cellulite.
How Can You Manage Cellulite?
If you’ve got cellulite, there are some things you can do to make it less visible. One option is to lose weight so that the amount of fat beneath the skin is reduced. Some people also find that using sunless tanner on their thighs and other areas of the skin helps to make existing cellulite less visible.
While over-the-counter creams and topical treatments aren’t likely to reduce cellulite, there are in-office treatments, such as Velasmooth, that can minimize the appearance of cellulite. Velasmooth works by gently heating the fat cells beneath the skin, destroying them. Over time, the fat cells are flushed out of the body, creating a smoother, slimmer look.
Learn More About Cellulite Prevention and Reduction Today
Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer a range of facial and body procedures, including Velasmooth. To schedule your free patient consultation at The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.