Can we get rid of CELLULITE?
Updated: Apr 8
Close to 85% - 98% of women suffer from cellulite. Typically, obese women above the age of 21 suffer the most. Some men too suffer from cellulite. Although not harmful to health, cellulite is considered aesthetically unappealing and most people would like to get rid of it. It is completely normal and natural to have cellulite. Obesity does increase the probability of occurrence of cellulite but, that does not mean thin individuals won’t be affected by it. Let us look at what is cellulite, what causes cellulite and if it is possible to get rid of cellulite.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is nothing but fat deposition beneath the skin. Typically occurring in women aged 21 and above, and mostly around the thighs, cellulite makes the skin appear uneven, nodular and dimpled. The reason it occurs on thighs is that thighs have a lot of adipose tissue. Cellulite occurs when the connective tissue is pushed by the fatty tissue. Just like deep scars, cellulite is not at all harmful to health and is very common. It may also be observed in men taking estrogen hormone treatments. In almost all cases, getting rid of cellulite has more psychological reasons than anything else.
What causes Cellulite?
Several reasons can cause cellulite. Some of the most prominent ones are as follows:
#1 Chronic Stress:
#2 Genetic Factors:
If your family has a history of developing cellulite there is a high chance it could be passed on to the next generations. It is not possible to control this factor.
Although thin people can have cellulite, it is largely accepted that obesity increases the susceptibility to develop cellulite. However, it’s worth noting that the underlying problem that is causing cellulite may be the structure of fat rather than the fat itself.
#4 Hormonal Factors:
The exact role of hormones in influencing cellulite formation is largely not known. However, there is some evidence that hormones such as insulin and estrogen that are involved in fat gain may start or accelerate cellulite formation. Many women suffering from hormonal imbalance notice cellulite formation. Typically, women attaining menopause or women who are pregnant are affected the most and that is because of hormonal imbalances.
#5 Poor Lymphatic Drainage:
#6 Poor Blood Circulation:
Several reasons can cause poor blood circulation. Poor blood circulation reduces the nutrients and oxygenated blood reaching the area. As a result, collagen production is affected and swollen fat cells begin protruding through the same.
Cellulite does not pose any health risk and does not need to be treated.
Is it Possible to get Rid of Cellulite?
It may not be possible to completely get rid of cellulite. However, some techniques can reduce the appearance of cellulite:
#1 Strength Training:
Regular strength training helps build muscle and reduce fat. It promotes healthy ageing, maintains bone density and normal bodily functions. It also helps correct hormonal imbalance and in reducing the appearance of cellulite by muscular hypertrophy and tightening the skin. Compound exercises like unsupported squats, step-ups, lunges, deadlifts etc. work wonders. Here is an article busting the top 10 muscle gaining myths.
#2 Fat Loss:
Although anyone of any weight can get cellulite, losing fat will reduce the appearance of cellulite. Exercise, eat clean, get enough rest, and find time for yourself to relax. Have a comprehensive 360-degree approach to a fat loss program. Here are 5 tips for guaranteed fat burn.
#3 Supplementing with Collagen Peptides:
Premature evidence suggests that bioactive collagen peptides may help in reducing the appearance of cellulite. A study conducted in 2015 found that participants who consumed bioactive collagen peptide supplements for 6 months saw a decrease in cellulite on the thigh area.
Water helps with blood circulation and optimises lymphatic flow. Good blood circulation and lymphatic flow help control cellulite. Here is an article on what is dehydration?
Massaging the cellulite affected area will promote blood flow and lymphatic drainage and will help reduce the appearance of cellulite. It will work only if the underlying cause of cellulite is poor lymphatic drainage/ poor blood circulation.
#6 Avoid Smoking:
Smoking severely affects blood circulation. Each time we smoke, the blood supply to the skin is affected. Smoking will make cellulite more visible.
Some expensive cosmetic procedures performed by a dermatologist/ plastic surgeon that can offer some help:
#1 Cryo Lipolysis:
Cryo lipolysis is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that involves freezing the lipids in fat cells to kill them. Typically it takes multiple sessions over a 3 to 4 month period to start noticing results.
#2 Laser and Radiofrequency:
Laser and radiofrequency are non-surgical treatments that offer temporary results that last 4 to 6 months. Like Cryo lipolysis these also require a series of sessions before showing results.
#3 Laser-assisted liposuction:
Liposuction by itself won’t remove cellulite. Although more research is required, laser-assisted liposuction may help in reducing the appearance of cellulite by not only removing the fat tissue but also tightening the skin.
Cellulite does not pose a health risk and does not require treatment. It makes the skin appear uneven, nodular and dimpled.
Cellulite occurs when the connective tissue is pushed by the fatty tissue.
Factors within our control and beyond our control can cause cellulite. Genetics, hormonal imbalance, obesity, chronic stress, poor lymphatic drainage and poor blood circulation can cause cellulite formation.
It may not be possible to completely get rid of cellulite. However, it is possible to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Cosmetic procedures like cryo lipolysis, laser and radiofrequency, laser-assisted liposuction are expensive and do not offer a permanent solution.