General Overview of Cellulite Treatment
Like many women, If you are also trying to get rid of cellulite depositions from your thighs and buttocks, you came to the right place. In order to to get rid of cellulite, you first need to understand what cellulite actually is, what triggers its formation and what you can do to prevent it.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a condition in which fat accumulates on the hips, buttocks, thighs, and abdomen. It’s usually lumpy or dimpled appearance of the skin, caused by the pushing of excess fat into the skin. The condition is medically known as Edematous Fibrosclerotic Panniculopathy (EFP). Cellulite is also known as orange- peel skin, cottage-cheese skin, and hail damage.
Cellulite is very common medical condition and affects both men as well as women. But mostly it affects females; the reason is their different pattern of body fat distribution, muscle and connective tissue as compared to men. About 80-90% of females experience cellulite at any age.
Various factors affect the appearance of cellulite such as being overweight, aging, gender, heredity, Body fat quantity, hormonal changes, etc. Few lifestyle changes can reduce the symptoms of cellulite such as exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, stop smoking, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, etc.
There are various treatments are available to reduce the appearance of cellulite, but most of them are temporary. Treatments include massage therapy, cellulite creams, laser treatment, etc but most of them don’t live up to the requirement.
- Orange peel appearance on the skin
- Dimpling of the skin
- Bumpy skin
- Most common in thighs, hips, and abdomen
- Less common in breasts and upper arms
- Severe cellulite makes skin appear rumpled
- Unhealthy lifestyle
- Weight gain
- Cigarette smoking
- Slow metabolism
- Hormonal changes
- Genetic factors
- Aging and loosening of skin
- Gender (common in women than men)
- Total body fat
- Poor diet
- Inactivity and lack of physical workouts
- Skin thickness
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid alcohol consumption
- Exercise regularly
- Stay well hydrated
- Eat healthy and balanced diet
- Reduce processed and high-sugar foods
- Increase your fiber intake
Coffee Scrub to Get Rid of Cellulite
The coffee scrub is very effective in reducing the cellulite. It contains antioxidants and caffeine that decrease the appearance of cellulite in short term. Coffee scrub massage helps to increase the blood flow and tightens the skin.
- Mix ¼ cup of ground coffee, 2 tsp of olive oil, 3 tsp of hot water and make a paste. Apply it in the affected area and massage for 2-3 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and then moisturize if required.
- Mix ¼ cup of coffee ground, 3 tsp of sugar/brown sugar, 2-3 tsp of melted coconut oil and make a paste. Massage with it over the affected area of skin for few minutes and wash it off with normal water. Apply it twice or thrice weekly.
Coconut oil has so many health benefits and it can be used in many ways for removal of cellulite.
- Consume 1-2 tsp of coconut oil twice or thrice daily. It can also be used for cooking or it can also be mixed with beverages and foods.
- Massage with coconut oil to the affected parts of the body daily. It is a natural moisturizer and makes the skin soft and smooth. It easily gets absorbed by the skin and breaks the fatty deposit in cells.
- Mix coconut oil with essential oils (citrus/lavender oils) and apply it to the affected area of the skin. It helps to remove excess fat stored in the skin layers and work wonders for the skin.
Green tea contains powerful antioxidants (Catechins) which help to remove toxins from the body and helps to reduce symptoms of cellulite. It also prevents free radical damage and helps to burn body fat including cellulite fat. For best results drink about 2-3 cups of green tea every day.
For the treatment of cellulite so many methods are available, but not a single one is effective or permanent. Few temporary treatment methods include:
Massage therapy: It is believed that massage therapy will increase blood flow, remove toxins and reduce excess fluid from cellulite-prone areas. Endermologie is one of the examples of massage therapy and requires multiple session treatments to get the result. Usually, massage therapies make your skin look better for a short period of time, but it is not the permanent solution of the problem.
Topical Creams: Variety of creams are available in the market to reduce cellulite. Ingredients in cream such as vitamins, minerals, caffeine, antioxidants, theophylline, herbal extracts, etc help to cure the cellulite. These products are not much beneficial if used alone. So, it is suggested to use this treatment in combination with some other treatments for better results. Retinol is one of the creams used for the treatment of cellulite. It may reduce the appearance of cellulite and helpful in thickening of the skin. It should be used for a minimum period of 6 months to see any improvement.
Acoustic wave Therapy: It uses a device that works by vibrating the connective tissues to the areas of the body with cellulite symptoms. It helps to improve the appearance, elasticity, and texture of the skin. However, it will take Multiple treatment sessions to show signs of improvement.
Laser Treatments: It is also known as radiofrequency systems and is one of the most promising medical therapy. Massage, light therapy and radiofrequency, all of these are mixed together for laser treatment. It requires multiple sessions and results last for at least 6 months.
Cryolipolysis: It is also known as cool sculpting. It is a noninvasive procedure that removes cellulite by freezing and killing fat cells. Removal of fat cells helps to improve the cellulite symptoms. It requires several treatments and results can be seen in 3-4 months.
Mesotherapy: It is a procedure of injecting the solution into the fat layer below the skin. This solution is injected to make cellulite less effective and may include vitamins, minerals, hormones, herbal extracts, aminophylline, etc. Though this procedure is not recommended as it has few side effects such as rash, infection, swelling, etc.
Carboxy Therapy: It is a procedure in which carbon dioxide is being inserted under the skin. It may reduce the appearance of cellulite by increasing the blood flow to affected area. It has few side effects such as temporary bruising, discomfort, etc.
Cellulite is a very common condition but could be embarrassing sometimes. Few natural and inexpensive ways such as regular exercise, healthy diet, etc. should be tried to reduce the appearance of cellulite. If the problem persists longer consult your doctor/dermatologist regarding the most effective treatment. Always discuss the risks and benefits before opting for any treatment.
What Exercises are good to get rid of Cellulite?
Generally, all weight loss exercise will be helpful in getting rid of cellulite. However, the best approach will be to focus on the problem area of the skin where cellulite is deposited. Choose the exercises which exert the muscle of the particular body part.