The Why’s and How’s of Conquering Cellulite
Hate cellulite? If you have that dreaded dimpled skin or orange peel somewhere on your body, take heart as you are not alone. Up to 90% of women worldwide have cellulite on them!
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is caused when the fat deposits under the skin, push their way through connective tissue and create bumps or dimpled skin. Often found on the buttocks or thighs, cellulite may also be a gift from your mum! Rapid weight loss and gain, poor hydration are also contributing factors, but genetics is probably the most significant factor of all. If your mother has it, it’s more than likely you will develop cellulite too.
Why don’t men seem to have cellulite? Cellulite is more common in women because our skin is thinner than men. So any pressure from the inside tends to show on the outside, easily.
Can one prevent it?
As always lifestyle choices play a huge role. Smoking, extreme dieting, not drinking enough water, not exercising, lack of sleep and eating too much fat are some of the reasons we get cellulite. Hormonal changes and overexposure to the sun can make one susceptible to it too.
The way to prevent it is by leading a healthy lifestyle, eating well and moving when you can. Experts suggest that body brushing is also a good way to keep blood circulation going and keep cellulite at bay.
What are the treatments available?
1. Topical treatments
You’ve probably seen the array of contouring, anti-cellulite creams on cosmetic shelves. These creams and gels are designed to smoothen and firm up your skin along with reducing the appearance of cellulite. While some topical applications can gradually help, it is important to find products that contain active ingredients that have been proven to tighten skin. Easy solution? Head to your favourite skin clinic and ask your doctor for options.
2. Non-invasive therapies
X-Wave therapy provides noticeable results
Let’s face it. Getting rid of cellulite isn’t easy. Thankfully for us science has opened doors to non-invasive therapies using acoustic waves and radiotherapy. Cellulite treatments like Exilis Elite and X-Wave cellulite treatment are US FDA-cleared and can help get your skin back on track.
Exilis Elite for instance uses focused, continuous monopolar radiofrequency that non-invasively eliminates fat, contours tissue and improves the skin’s appearance without any downtime and discomfort. X-Wave, on the other hand uses Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT) to provide noticeable results in non-invasive cellulite reduction and body rejuvenation. Also perfect for reduction of stretch marks and scars!
3. Exercise and a healthy lifestyle
Over the counter and clinical treatments for cellulite can work, but eating a healthy diet and making good lifestyle decisions is paramount. Both for cellulite to stay away and for maintenance of your treatment. Try and eat clean, unprocessed foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It’s also equally important to drink enough water to keep your body hydrated and flush toxins out.
Engage in intense cardio workouts such as running or cycling to burn cellulite - akin to how you burn fat. Weight training too, helps significantly to reduce the appearance of cellulite. But above all, practice and preach a healthy lifestyle!
If you would like to find out more about Cellulite therapies, schedule an appointment with Cutis Medical Laser Clinic today.
Cutis Medical Laser Clinics is located at 9 Scotts Road Pacific Plaza, Scotts Medical Center #08-07, Singapore. Phone: +65 6801 4000.
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