Whether you call it dimples, cottage cheese skin, or orange peel skin, it doesn't matter: cellulite seems to affect everyone. It's estimated that somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of women deal with the unpleasant texture of cellulite on any given day.
While some people proudly embrace their lumps and bumps, others wish there was some way to get smoother skin. Well, the good news is that there is something you can do to treat cellulite. No matter where you fall on the cellulite spectrum, here's everything you ever wanted to know about this stubborn and challenging cosmetic problem.
While it's common for people to assume that "everyone" has or gets cellulite, the truth is that some folks are more susceptible to it than others. For example, it's more likely to affect women than men. While around 90 percent of women have at least some cellulite, only around 10 percent of men do.
As it turns out, the connective tissue found in male bodies is a different structure than the connective tissue found in female bodies. Male connective tissue is woven more tightly (think of an "X" shape) than women's, so there's less chance that fat will poke through, forming the familiar bumps of cellulite.
Hormone differences between men and women also affect the development of cellulite. Women naturally have more estrogen, which interacts with fat differently than testosterone.
Along with biological sex, a few other factors can make one person more prone to cellulite than another. Some people have a specific genetic marker that makes them more likely to develop cellulite than others, for example.
Finally, some lifestyle choices can make cellulite worse or more visible. For example, the lumps and bumps are often more visible on lighter skin than on darker skin, which is why some fair-skinned people will use self-tanners to help conceal it. How active you are and how healthy your diet is (or isn't) can also play a role.
It's important to note that cellulite can happen to people of any size. Thin people can have it, as can very overweight or obese people. That's because it's not a problem with the volume or amount of fat, but rather with the structure of the connective tissue beneath the skin. The connective tissue press against the fat cells, causing a dimpled effect. Just about everyone has some body fat, meaning that anyone can get cellulite.
That said, if you are overweight and your doctor recommends losing weight, you might see an improvement in your cellulite as a result of fat loss. Additionally, working out and firming up the area can help to improve the issue.
But it's also still possible for people who exercise and maintain their weight to have to deal with cellulite.
You might have seen magic cellulite banishing creams out there promising to flush away toxins that supposedly cause the problem. The trouble with those creams is that, well, toxins have nothing to do with cellulite. The issue is caused by fat pushing up against the underlying layer of skin, so trying to flush away mysterious toxins won't do much to solve the problem.
It's also worth noting that even creams that don't promise to remove toxins will do little to reduce dimpling. Several anti-cellulite products are on the market that contain ingredients such as seaweed and caffeine. Some contain collagen, since some believe that rubbing this essential protein on the skin will help to improve the appearance of connective tissue below. Unfortunately, none of these creams have been shown to do much, if anything, to help.
While creams won't do the trick, and treatments such as liposuction might actually make the condition worse, there are ways to treat cellulite. One option is Velasmooth, which uses radiofrequency energy to reduce the size of the fat bulges and to smooth the lumpy texture of skin. The treatment is non-surgical and requires little to no downtime.
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.