Among those signs of aging that are looked at with the trepidation, perhaps the most feared is the development of cellulite. Now, cellulite and aging are not necessarily causally linked—that is, aging does not cause cellulite. But cellulite develops over time, not necessarily because of aging. In fact, there are a number of factors involved in developing cellulite, the most important being a combinations of genetics, diet and exercise. The more sedentary you are, the more likely you are to develop cellulite, especially if you’re already genetically predisposed to do so.
In fact, when it comes to cellulite, genetics trumps all. You could be fit as a fiddle and still develop this issue. So what exactly is cellulite? Well, it’s not just fat—even slender people can have cellulite. In fact, cellulite is fat that is pushing up against connective tissue in the skin, effectively creating the “dimpled” look that distinguishes cellulite (and not in a nice way). It’s the fat pushing against the lattice of connective tissue that also makes cellulite difficult to treat. After all, removing cellulite isn’t the same as removing typical fat.
Removing cellulite is slightly more complex than simply eliminating fat. Diet and exercise, for example, may do little to mitigate cellulite. And don’t even get us started on those creams. Most creams are completely ineffective when treating cellulite. However, there are some safer and better ways to treat cellulite, though much will depend on where the cellulite exists and to what degree you want it eliminated. It’s important to consult with your cosmetic surgeon before deciding on a cellulite treatment, as each treatment has its own unique strengths.
Most cellulite removal patients are thrilled with the results. The skin is smoother, the cellulite is much more difficult to notice, and that means you can go back to wearing the clothes you want to wear. You won’t have to worry about hiding your cellulite any longer. If you want to wear shorts, you can wear shorts. If you want to wear a tank top, you can wear a tank top.
Cellulite itself is not bad for your health nor is it indicative of any health conditions. However, many patients do find it uncomfortable and wish to eliminate cellulite. You can discuss your options with your plastic or cosmetic surgeon. Most patients feel a huge sense of relief—as well as a significant boost of confidence and self-esteem—after eliminating persistent cellulite.
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Most patients first noticed cellulite between the ages of 20 and 30.
Statistic show that cellulite effects up to 90 percent of all women.
Cellulite cannot be mitigated by diet or exercise leaving laser treatments a top a list of options.