Cellulite: Where did you come from?

Are you familiar with the term cottage cheese thighs?  Have you noticed a bumpy texture appear on your thighs, hips, or buttocks?  

Cellulite!  Take a deep breath because you're not the only one.  With no surprise, cellulite is more commonly seen in women more than men, but what is it?  The dimply skin forms when the underlying fat deposits push through layers of connective tissue under the skin as shown below. 

 

Why does this happen?  The connective tissue can be weakened from hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, genetics, and/or poor blood circulation.  Although weight gain can be a contributing factor, women of all shapes and sizes can experience cellulite due more significantly to family genes.  As far as treatments go, currently there is no one solution to the problem, but there are numerous options that range in price and effectiveness available to you.  I recommend starting with your cheapest (and healthiest) option first involving exercise and nutrition which everyone needs anyway. Then, check out some other options that would compliment your wellness routine.  

1.  Exercise and Diet

Establishing a weight training routine geared towards building muscle tone as well as complimenting it with a whole foods diet can help to prevent and/or reduce the appearance of cellulite.  Not only will exercise help in all other areas of life such as balancing hormones, managing weight, and relieving stress, it will help to tighten the connective tissue  under the skin. 

2.  Topical Skin Creams

Skin creams that contain retinoid have been proven to be most effective in camouflaging cellulite by creating a thicker skin covering.  Other topical creams that include caffeine, ginger, or green tea have not been proven to be as effective.  On the plus side, this type of treatment is nicer to the wallet and easy to use. However, creams require constant use as they only provide temporary results. 

Click on the picture for Harper Bazaar Magazine's top 13 cellulite creams. 

3.  Liposuction

"Sucking" out the fat is NOT your solution.  This cosmetic procedure more times than not can make the outward appearance of cellulite worse because it redistributes fat more unevenly.  A better solution is a non-surgical procedure called Endermologie.  A technician runs a suctioning device with rollers across the trouble areas, pulling and squeezing skin to increase blood flow.  The cost can range from $80-$150 per leg and requires approximately 10 visits in order to notice results as well as maintenance.

4.  Laser, Radio-Frequency, and Massage Techniques

These non-invasive treatments have shown more significant results than topical creams, and can be a great option for you if you have the budget.  They do require maintenance, but have longer lasting effects than some other options. Longevity Health and Beauty Wellness here in Oklahoma City offers Elos Laser treatment which can solve numerous problem airs from head to toe by manipulating the wavelength of the light.  

Check out

http://longevityok.com/elos-laser/ 

for more information and services provided. 

5.  Cellulaze

Although there is currently no permanent solution to the cellulite problem, Cellulaze is a minimally invasive, one time laser treatment that can last 1-3 years.  This procedure melts fat and releases the fibrous bands that cause the appearance of cellulite, and costs a whopping $3,500 per leg.  

Jamie Crone