What is Cellulite and Can you Get Rid of It?
Cottage cheese. Dimples. Orange peel. What are these nasty lil’ phrases attached to? Cellulite. The nemesis of most women across the world. It bulges, it puckers, and it can make you look like you aren’t active—when you are.
What’s even worse is the ridiculous number of ‘cellulite cures’ out there that claim to erase cellulite as quickly as they erase your bank account balance.
Does anything really cure cellulite? And why do most women have it any way?
We found out.
Let’s start with the science behind cellulite.
What is Cellulite?
Take a gander at the pic below. The outermost layer is called the epidermis, followed by the dermis, and then two layers of subcutaneous fat. Females have a vertically arranged first level of fat.
Cellulite is caused by protrusions of fat into the dermis which gives your legs and butt that ‘bumpy’ look. But get this, it is NOT specific to overweight people. While obesity exacerbates cellulite appearance, weight is not the cause—it’s nature.
*mumbles hatred for nature*
There are a few reasons why women have it and most men do not. First, the connective tissue structure is different. Men’s connective tissue structure is bound by a criss-crossing pattern which helps prevent expansion of fat cells into the dermis. Women’s connective tissue structure is more ‘chamber’ like, which is made to expand to accommodate pregnancy and lactation.
Second, in women who do not have cellulite, they possess more testosterone than the average woman. So, estrogen plays a role in cellulite. Third, men have thicker skin. No, not figuratively speaking, they literally have thicker skin in the thighs and butt so IF some fat cells protrude into their dermis, it’s just not as obvious.
So, if you’re a woman, you’re not alone. In fact, at least 85 percent of women have it. When men have it, it’s usually because they are deficient in male hormones.
So, if you are good with the fact that it’s natural—embrace the dimples and bikini and go on with yo’ bad self. But, if cellulite has you so self-conscious that you stopped wearing shorts and a bikini makes you puke a little in your mouth, then let’s chat about if you can really get rid of cellulite.
Treatments to Get Rid of Cellulite
Like a glass box of crappy prizes at an arcade, There are TONS of treatments out there for cellulite to waste your money on.
From injections and creams to heat and pills, the list seems endless. Which treatments really get rid of cellulite?
Well, let’s start with the ones that don’t—that’ll make things way easier.
Subcision is where a needle is inserted into the dermis repeatedly to ‘pop’ fat cells. Aside from pain and bruising, there are not other scientific results that support this cellulite treatment actually works.
Injectables: If stabbing yourself with a needle wasn’t painful enough, let’s talk about some more needle stuff you masochist, you. Phosphatidylcholine is injected into the subcutaneous tissue to promote fat breakdown. But, no science supports that it works.
Mesotherapy combines both above treatments for cellulite by making micro injections of Phosphatidylcholine into the layer beneath the skin. The only science on this says you have major adverse effects like an uneven body shape and contours. PASS.
Suction Cups: These are used like cupping, skin is pulled into a cup through the power of a suction’s vacuum effect. While some deep deep massage may help change the structure of connective tissue, this particular technique has no science to support that it goes deeply enough to treat cellulite. In fact, if you think about it—you might be pulling fat out MORE if you’re pulling it through suction. Just a thought. We’re no white lab coat wearing geniuses, but….common sense is abundant up in here.
Deep Massage: Like we said, some science says deep massage can change the structure of the connective tissue, however—that doesn’t mean it actually makes cellulite go away or lessens its appearance. It is linked to swelling post-massage which can fill in the dimples and reduce the appearance of cellulite, but that is temporary. It is also linked to excess fluid removal, which can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. But again, is it permanent?
Creams: Seriously? No, says science.
Liposuction: The decision is split. Some say the removal of fat improves the look of cellulite, others say it worsens it.
Heat therapy: No science supports this method for curing cellulite, in fact, some studies show it worsens the appearance.
Lasers: Some science suggests laser therapy can produce reduced cellulite appearance through heating collagen proteins to tighten the connective tissue structure. A study showed after two treatments of radiofrequency laser therapy decreased cellulite six months after treatment.
Cellulite Solutions that DO Work
We know you’re not going to like to hear this, but we favor the truth over false promises here at MaxQ. The truth is, diet and exercise is what can help minimize the appearance of cellulite. Losing fat minimizes the size of fat cells and that means there are less to protrude through connective tissue chambers into your dermis.
Reducing caloric intake and working out is what is scientifically shown to reduce cellulite appearance.
- Because fat cells retract from the dermis with diet and exercise.
- Stronger muscles make the fat layer on top of them appear smoother and more even.
- Cardio improves circulation which improves fluid retention that can exacerbate cellulite appearance.
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Now, while taking supplements alone won’t erase cellulite, they can help break down fat, increase fat loss and lean mass. All of these things help reduce the appearance of cellulite. So, while there is no magic pill, you can partner with supplements here along with a good diet/exercise plan and get that smooth sexy skin in a bikini in no time!
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