Cellulite is a skin condition many people struggle with – especially women. A basic definition for cellulite is bumpy “dimples” in the skin, most commonly found near the butt, thighs, stomach, and hips. While cellulite can be a frustrating condition, it is harmless. But what exactly causes cellulite? And what can you do to prevent or manage it? This article will answer those questions.
CAUSES OF CELLULITE
There is no definitive known cause of cellulite. However, some contributing factors may increase your risk of developing the condition. Here are some of the most common factors.
Overall, women develop cellulite at much higher rates than men. There’s not a specific reason for this, although some have suggested that hormonal differences may have something to do with it. After puberty, women gain fat in the thighs, butt, and hips – areas where cellulite tends to occur. While hormonal differences are not a definitive answer to what causes cellulite, there is a link.
An increase in fat tissue can lead to cellulite. The theory behind this is the connection between fat cells and the skin above. As fat cells increase, more pressure is put on the skin over time. This results in the appearance of rough and dimpled skin.
PREGNANCY AND INACTIVITY
This last potential causal factor is linked to the first two. Pregnancy increases the risk of developing cellulite because of the skin’s stretching to accommodate a growing baby. This can also be related to the hormonal aspect discussed before. Similarly, inactivity or staying sedentary for long amounts of time can result in increased fat accumulation, which in turn means more risk for developing cellulite.
There are several routes you can take to target cellulite. The first is perhaps the most difficult – weight loss and increasing muscular definition. Both weight loss and muscle gains can reduce the severity and appearance of cellulite.
Another popular option for cellulite treatment is creams and lotions. These products soften the appearance of cellulite over time typically by thickening the skin in the targeted areas. The issue with creams is that some may be allergic to the ingredients and/or find it difficult to remember to apply them every day for optimal results.
While there is no known cure for the complete reduction of cellulite, certain new laser and radiofrequency treatments can dramatically improve their appearance. At Ascent Laser Aesthetics, we offer fat reduction treatments with TruSculpt ID, which can also reduce cellulite – without spending hours at the gym. TruSculpt uses radiofrequency technology to heat and target fat cells in areas like the hips, butt, and thighs, which is where cellulite develops most.
For more information about TruSculpt ID or questions about our recommended treatments for cellulite, contact us at (413) 224-2658 or book a consultation online.
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