Having cellulite is nothing to worry about. Almost every ordinary woman and man has it. Cellulite is merely a cosmetic thing and has nothing to do with imperfection. Even though many women do not personally like it, cellulite was first viewed as a part of the female body.
Anne Chapas, MD, founder and medical director of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City, highlights how some famous previous paintings and sculptures celebrated cellulite as a female form. However, the twist took place when the French in 1900 started perceiving it as an unattractive feature. It is up until now; American magazines are continuing this myth.
If you do not have a problem with having dimples on your body, you should not think about this too much. Cellulite has a dimpled appearance and is a non-medical issue, affecting 80 to 90 percent of the women. Still, confused and worried about your sporadic dipped skin? If so, read further before you finally decide to go for treatment.
Cellulite is not what you believe
Do not believe in the myth that cellulite is fat. In fact, cellulite is the folded-dimpled skin like an orange due to the fatty tissue in septae. It appears when the fatty tissue makes its way through the fibrous bands (septae) that form a connection between skin and muscle.
Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University in New Haven and dermatologist at Modern Dermatology of Connecticut in Westport. He reveals that cellulite forms when the bands pull down and hold the skin in place.
Cellulite may also appear with age as skin loses its thickness. Sun damage and other aging factors cause loss of elasticity, making skin more vulnerable to cellulite.
What forms the basis of cellulite?
There is not enough information to accurately pinpoint a cause for cellulite. However, genetics, sex, race, and lifestyle may contribute to it. A review in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology by Neil Sadick, MD, lays down the possible risk factors for it.
It can be due to vascular changes, hormonal changes, inflammatory, or structural issues. Dr. Chapas reveals that men and women store fat in different ways.
Women store fat in columns which, with age, start showing the cottage cheese’s rippling effect. Men store fat in a zigzag pattern. You can check the difference by doing a pinch test. This is why cellulite is more pronounced in women than men.
Dr. Robinson asserts that hormones also play a significant role. Men with lower sex hormones for any reason have a high chance of developing it.
Who has more chances of getting cellulite?
Dr. Robinson reveals that almost every woman after puberty develops cellulite. It does not depend on weight, muscle tone, age, race, or BMI. He did the treatment of many athletic and professional dancers who had cellulite. However, cellulite is more visible on some skin than others.
Women usually go through treatment when it is about their self-esteem. They are not comfortable in their tight clothing or walking by the pool. If you are confident under your skin, there is no need for the treatment as it is not pathological.
Can work out or topical creams help you get rid of it?
Those exercises that tone the muscles and smoothen the skin would help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. People believe it is only on those who are obese or do not take care of themselves and losing weight would help them to disappear it; this is nothing but another myth. However, weight loss may prove to be fruitful for some people.
The products, which claim to have caffeine to break down fat and retinol to thicken the skin, are just not enough to disappear the dimples. Despite this, the formula may help them appear better; treatments like surgery, mechanical subcision, and laser treatment prove to be more successful in it. However, there is no guarantee that the person would not have it again after the treatment.