What is Cellulite?

What cause Cellulite?

Why do woman get Cellulite more often than men?

How do you get rid of it?

Massages that can help reduce the appearance of Cellulite.

What is Cellulite?

In the medical field cellulite is also known as adiposis edematosa, dermapanniculosis deformans, status protusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy.

Those are some big words. “Stay all of them 3 times fast”.

Other names for cellulite are orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin and hail damage. These are easier to say, but none of them makes one feel any better.

So what is cellulite?

Some people will tell you that cellulite is just fat, simple as that. Others will say that cellulite is fat, toxins, and excess water trapped underneath the skin
making the skin appear lumpy.

Three fat layers lie directly below the epidermis and dermis of the skin. The most superficial of these layers is known as the subcutaneous fat layer. The subcutaneous has specialized fat storage chambers. These chambers are created by connective tissue that anchors the skin to muscle tissue.

The characteristic dimpling of cellulite is caused by weakened connective tissue. When the fat cells swell against the weakened connective tissue, a bulge occurs, creating the dimpled appearance of cellulite.

Most common place for cellulite is on the butt and back of the thighs.

Fat in and of itself is not responsible for the lumpy look of cellulite. It is the underlying connective tissue that determines whether a given area has smooth or rippled appearance.

What causes Cellulite?

The reason why some get cellulite while others do not is still not well understood. Some of the factors are hormones, genetics, and diet.

Hormones seem to play a hug role in the development of cellulite. It is believed that estrogen, insulin, noradrenalin, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite
production process.

Genetics have also been found as a part of who gets cellulite and who does not. Certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin and circulatory insufficiency. It is also likely that poor lymph and blood flow contribute to the problem.

Diet can also contribute to cellulite. Too much fat, carbohydrates or salt and not enough fiber alone with lack of exercise, smoking, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.

Wearing underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks may also contribute to the formation of cellulite. The tight underwear can limited the blood flow.

Yo-yo dieting will compromise skin elasticity leading to weaken connective tissue.

Why do woman get Cellulite more often than men?

One reason why men rarely develop cellulite is because men store fat differently than woman do. Woman store fate in chambers that are large, vertical chambers, where as men store fat in smaller chambers which are diagonally orientated and are less likely to bulge.

Underneath the skin lies a layer of fibrous connective tissue that is responsible for adhering the skin to the muscle beneath it. In most men, this connective tissue is arranged in cross-hatched or diagonal manner, in a smooth and continuous pattern.

The connective tissue of women runs vertically (perpendicular to the skin). Because of this, these fibrous bands (called septae) bind the skin to the underlying tissue at certain points essentially creating fat chambers that push up on the skin while the bands pull the skin downward. This difference in the connective tissue arrangement explains why far fewer men have cellulite than woman.

So how do you get rid of Cellulite?

The truth is you cannot get rid of cellulite. You
can improve the appearance of cellulite.

Eating healthy, low fat foods such as fruits, vegetables and fiber can help one avoid cellulite. Regularly exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing stress can also help prevent cellulite. Wearing thongs, boy short, or lose fitting undergarments can also help prevent cellulite. Staying hydrated, not smoking are also ways to help avoid or reduce cellulite.

A combination of proper diet and exercise will decrease the layer of fat underneath the skin, making cellulite less noticeable.

A proper diet can also be helpful in keeping the skin and connective tissue stronger and healthier. Staying properly hydrated and eating well will help prevent water retention which exacerbates cellulite.

Exercise helps with cellulite in a few ways. It helps keep the body fat levels lower, it also improves circulation and muscle tone in cellulite-prone area. Improving circulation will keep both the skin and connective tissue healthier as well as helping elimination of waste and excess fluid.

Massages that can help reduce the appearance of Cellulite.

Lymphatic drainage can help reduce the appearance of cellulite by helping the body remove waste and nourishes skin.

Also cupping can greatly reduce the appearance of cellulite by working with the lymphatic system removing waste; nourishing the skin and helping the connective tissue become stronger and healthier. Cupping also helps to break down adhesion. Cupping will increase blood flow and facilitate penetration of a therapeutic product.

Information came from:

Spa Bodywork by Anne Williams




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