Getting Rid of Cellulite: Thinking About What Works and What Doesn’t?

Getting Rid of Cellulite: What Works and What Doesnt
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Everyone from supermodels to soccer moms get cellulite. Often, it appears on the thighs and bottom as an orange peel-like texture. Once it develops, it can be difficult for women to treat* it. Cellulite treatments vary in efficacy and cost. For the best techniques to treat* cellulite, use some of the following tips to determine what works and what does not.

What is Cellulite?

The human body is naturally supposed to contain fat. Unfortunately, too much fat can lead to cellulite. Underneath the skin’s surface, fat deposits can start to push upward through tendons in the skin. This condition occurs in about 8 percent of women and can lead to divots along the skin surface. If cellulite becomes worse, it can cause ripples along the skin or noticeable pits. Although women of every ethnicity tend to get cellulite, men seldom have it. This is because the septae in the skin are organized differently among the genders. In men, the septae are formed in a crisscross pattern that make it difficult for fat to push upwards. Since women have vertical septae, the fat can easily push toward the surface of the skin.

Although cellulite is more likely in larger women, it occurs in slender and overweight ladies. Although losing weight can help cellulite, it can occasionally make it worse. Fat loss that takes place too quickly does not allow the skin to bounce back, when the skin is looser, it can make cellulite more obvious. Over time, the skin will tighten and cellulite will ultimately disappear.

Treating Cellulite with Exercise

Exercise can reduce* cellulite in some cases, but not all. The reason cellulite occurs is because of how the skin is structured. Since it is not just a fat issue, losing weight will not always help. Individuals can try to exercise more and it will reduce* the amount of fat in the body. It can also increase* circulation in different parts of the skin. Unfortunately, this is not always enough to deal with cellulite. Collagen levels may remain lower and the septae within the skin will still allow fat deposits to appear. Until the skin is improved* and collagen levels are increased, cellulite will remain. Despite this negative report, exercise can improve* the overall body image and help increase* blood circulation.


Many anti-cellulite creams contain ingredients like caffeine. When consumed or applied on the body, caffeine operates like a diuretic. At the same time, it can increase* circulation. Since low circulation sections of the skin are prone to cellulite, caffeine can help. It lowers the amount of cellulite and fluid in the body while increasing* the body’s natural circulation. Despite these benefits, it will only help cellulite slightly. Caffeine may lower water retention, but fat will still move toward the surface of the skin. Instead of using a topical product that just contains caffeine, find one that also uses capsaicin. Known as the active ingredient within chili peppers, capsaicin can help increase* circulation in the blood and lymph nodes.

Liposuction and Surgical Options

Although it seems logical, using liposuction is not going to help with cellulite. Normal liposuction procedures tend to move fat that is located farther beneath the skin surface. Due to this, the fat that actually causes cellulite near the skin surface remains. Fortunately, a new type of liposuction that uses lasers is showing some promise for cellulite treatment. These procedures can target cellulite more effectively and essentially liquify fat. After treatment, patients leave with less cellulite and a better sculpted body.

Laser Treatment Options

In the past, the FDA hesitated to approve cellulite treatments for cellulite. Cellulaze is now the first treatment that is approved by the FDA. It starts by melting large pockets of fat in the body. Afterward, it stops the fibrous tissues in the skin from pulling down the skin surface erratically. The last step in the process is to increase* collagen in the skin. This helps to increase* the elasticity of the skin and prevents the cell walls from dimpling or puckering over time. Once the treatment is complete, patients are encouraged to wear shapewear that supports the treated area. Although this procedure is effective, it tends to costs thousands of dollars and may require multiple treatments.

Diet and Healthy Eating

One of the main reasons that women get cellulite is due to a lack of collagen. Collagen is required by the body to keep the skin elastic and prevent wrinkles. Amino acids found in eggs, nuts and beans can help to increase* collagen naturally. Likewise, cayenne can increase* blood circulation in the body. In addition to increasing* collagen levels, a healthy diet can also help with weight loss*. Lowering body fat levels can help improve* the overall physique and appearance of the body.

Dry Brushing

This treatment is frequently advertised by spas as a method of increasing* circulation. With a natural bristle brush, individuals can use dry brushing at home. They should use circular strokes along affected areas of the body and repeat the treatment once a day. Through consistent use, this treatment can help to stimulate the flow of blood throughout the body.


Anyone who has applied makeup indoors and outdoors knows the difference light quality can make. Certain types of light can make cellulite and dimples more obvious. By evening out the skin tone, individuals can counteract this effect. A self-tanner can help improve* the appearance of cellulite. Although it will not treat* cellulite, it will make it less obvious.

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Expert Author : Kathy Mitchell (Consumer Health Digest)

Kathy Mitchell is a journalist and web content specialist covering a range of health topics, from breaking health news and fitness to health issues and regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and nutrition.

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