What Causes Cellulite?

Posted on March 9, 2012 with No Comments

Though not dangerous (only a bit unsightly), many folks who contact us want to know what causes cellulite and what can be done to prevent or remove it.

Cellulite is a collection of fat that is under the skin. Beneath the skin, everyone has fascia which is a type of connective tissue. Fascia and other components of connective tissue connect the dermis with the layers beneath the skin, either fat or muscle. This connective tissue forms little pockets under the skin. So long as there is no big fat accumulation, these little pockets remain flat.

When fat increases under the skin, it pushes outward and upward into those little pockets that are connected to deeper tissue inward and allow fat to be bulging outward toward the surface. Thus, you have this cottage cheese appearance so many people hate. It is not an illness and not to be confused with cellulitis, which is an inflammation of the connective tissue.

How Do You Get Cellulite?

It is a fairly common occurrence to be burdened with cellulite. All you have to do is gain more weight than your body was originally expecting. When fat cells swell up with too much content, it has to go somewhere. It pushes against the tissue with the least resistance and that is outward, toward the dermis. There really is no other way to get cellulite than by gaining weight. A certain familial or genetic predisposition may make you more susceptible to get the cellulite appearance on your skin.

Genetically, your connective tissue may be tighter bound to the muscle fascia and therefore you may have smaller pockets in which fat can collect making cellulite show quicker. You may just be genetically more prone to gain weight, which again works on the same principle of weight gain being the culprit of cellulite. Certain changes of hormone release into the blood during menopause will result in fat deposition. In anticipation of this event, certain precautions of diet and exercise can be established so you won’t be caught after the appearance of cellulite has already begun.

How Can Cellulite Be Prevented?

By keeping your body in good shape through exercise and proper diet, you will keep your weight within a reference the body can handle. So long as the connective tissue is not filled up and pushed outward, you will not have cellulite on your buttocks, thighs, abdomen and even arms. This can be helped by using a skin firming lotion.  In short, weight control is the biggest preventative action you can take. Weight control is achieved by keeping your body within the proper weight for your height, gender and age. As soon as you notice a weight gain, start to be vigilant of your food choices, food intake, amount of sleep you get and daily exercise.

How Can Cellulite Be Treated?

Choosing the best cellulite lotion is a good start.  Though controlling your weight and eating right (losing a little weight) is one of the best ways to lose dimpling, there are lotions that help hydrate the tissue and improve the firmness of the connective tissue – they go a long way towards treatment if used over extended periods.

The only natural treatment for cellulite is the same as for prevention: weight loss. The good thing is that cellulite can actually be minimized or even be eliminated by the effects of healthy living. The benefits of this approach are so much greater that just eliminating the appearance of unsightly marks on the body. They affect the better health of the entire body.

The invasive treatment is surgery. Liposuction will remove the filled fat cells through invasive procedures of sucking out the fat. By doing this, the little string connections will be torn from the deeper tissue. Consequently, if you gain weight again, the fat tissue outline that looked like cottage cheese will not look like that anymore and will be shaped differently.

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