Cellulite. If you have it you’re not alone. Cellulite affects approximately 85% of women at some point during their lives. And the frustrating thing is, it affects women who are otherwise slender and fit. It appears on buttocks and thighs as “orange-peel” dimples, and although it’s name sounds like a serious medical condition, it is merely a cosmetic condition and is not physically harmful.
- Having cellulite doesn’t mean you are overweight. But if you are overweight, losing weight may reduce cellulite.
- Cellulite tends to be less noticeable on darker skin.
- Cellulite gets worse with age; hormones seem to play a role in its appearance. As you age your body produces less estrogen which can mean poorer circulation, a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.
- Cellulite is not caused by toxins in your body. It is nothing more than normal fat beneath your skin. The fat looks lumpy and bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker.
- It’s true that cellulite runs in families. If your mother and grandmother had cellulite, you have a better chance of developing it.
- Regular exercise, both aerobic and strength training, cannot cure cellulite but in many cases can help prevent or reduce its appearance.
Factors that may influence how much cellulite you have include:
- Yo-yo or fad dieting
- Total body fat
- Lack of physical activity
- Hormonal changes
- Skin thickness and skin color
- Poor diet
- Slow metabolism
If you have tried dieting, exercise and maybe even one of those highly advertised cellulite creams but have not seen the results you desire, call us to discuss available treatment options.
Now is the perfect time!