Cellulite is something that many women and a few men have. In fact the main factor in the development of cellulite is being a woman because one of the causes of it is hormone changes.
Other factors that can cause cellulite to form include:
- Poor diet
- Fad diets
- Lack of physical activity
- Slow metabolism
There are many treatments and products that claim that they can get rid of cellulite on the buttocks and thighs but there is little evidence that many of them work well.
Here’s what you should know about some of the most common treatments:
Massage and spa treatments.
Massage and other spa treatments can have a temporary affect on the dimpling appearance of the skin but they do not remove cellulite. Their effect is temporary and is probably due to the removal of excess fluid in the area.
Even though cellulite is fat it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are overweight because even thin people can have cellulite. However, if you are overweight then losing weight may reduce cellulite.
Many cellulite creams contain aminophylline, which is a prescription drug approved for treating asthma. Aminophylline can cause an allergic reaction in some people.There is little scientific evidence that these creams are effective against cellulite, and they can even be harmful for some people. Their apparent effect on cellulite may be because they can cause the blood vessels to narrow which forces water from the skin. This could be dangerous for people with circulatory problems.
This is a European therapy, which was originally developed for relieving pain from inflammatory skin conditions. It involves injecting substances such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids
into the tissue just beneath the skin. Mesotherapy can break down fat and bring a slight improvement in the appearance of cellulite but there is also a risk of swelling and infection.
This is a surgical procedure to remove fat deposits from the body. It is designed to remove deep body fat, not cellulite, which lies just underneath the skin. In fact it could actually make the appearance of cellulite worse by creating more depressions in the skin.
There is a device that uses laser energy to treat cellulite. The manufacturer claims that the device can melt fat under the skin and stimulate the production of collagen. Click here for more information.