Cellulite is a common skin condition characterised by dimpled flesh which typically appears on the thighs, buttocks, stomach, breasts and hips. It is more commonly experienced by women. Though harmless, many people choose to diminish the appearance of cellulite through exercise, weight loss and – as this alone isn’t often isn’t enough to get rid of it – professional aesthetic and cosmetic treatments.
What Causes Cellulite?
The uneven surface – or ‘dimpling’ effect – of cellulite is caused by fibrous connective cords that tether skin to underlying muscle, with fat cells accumulating between them. These fat cells then push up against the surface of the skin. However, while weight gain may encourage cellulite, there is not a direct association, and a slimmer body does not guarantee the absence of cellulite.
Cellulite more typically occurs in women due to the way fat is distributed in the thighs, hips and buttocks — common areas for cellulite. Cellulite is also more common with aging, when the skin loses elasticity.
As cellulite occurs naturally for most people, there are few at-home ways of treating it. A healthy diet and regular exercise may help to maintain your weight, which can help to some extent.
However, the most effective treatments for cellulite are professionally administered. These include skin smoothing and rejuvenating procedures such as M22, laser skin resurfacing, ProMax LIPO, collagen injections and Morpheus 8. These treatments all use technology that stimulates collagen production and removes the most superficial layer of skin from the treatment area; this helps to smooth skin and reduce the ‘bumpy’ texture of cellulite.