What is it?
Cellulite refers to the dimpling appearance of fat pockets that can develop in various areas of the body. The most common areas for it to appear are the arms and legs. While unsightly, there is no medical proof that cellulite is a health risk for people who are not considered obese. Cellulite occurs most often in women and by some estimates, impacts as much as 85% of the female population at some point in their lives. It typically develops after puberty and appears most often in women between the ages of 20 and 55.
Contrary to popular belief, the term cellulite did not originate from the medical community. It was a term coined by a popular magazine and began appearing in publications during the 1960s. Since then, society has become obsessed with the issue and it consistently ranks as one of the top beauty concerns for women over the age of 20.
The causes are not fully understood but doctors suspect that it's related to the structure of the connective tissue in the body. It has also been noted that there is a strong correlation between poor circulation and cellulite developing. Some studies have even shown that clothing that restricts blood flow and limits circulation can help encourage uneven bumps and dimples to form.
Based on the fact that cellulite is found mostly in women, many researchers believe that gender and hormones may play a significant role in the formation process. Contributing factors such as diet, stress level, and lifestyle can also impact the development and severity.
Treatments and Remedies
There are hundreds of cellulite treatment options available but many of them offer limited results. Some of the most popular ones are have Mesotherapy and Liposuction. It's important to note that many medical professionals state that Liposuction is not effective in reducing cellulite and may actually make it look worse.
While Mesotherapy is FDA approved to reduce cellulite's appearance on a temporary basis, Mesotherapy has produced little in the way of conclusive evidence that it is effective. Medical professionals caution that the results vary on a case by case basis and that follow-up treatments are necessary to keep up the results.
Cosmetic creams and other topical products are another method commonly used to treat cellulite. Recently, treatment creams that use plant stem cells to smooth the surface of the skin and diminish bumpy pockets have hit the market. One of the most popular has been a product called Adonia LegTone.
The Role of Society
Beauty and fashion magazines have become obsessed with those dreaded orange-peel dimples. Why is this? Simply because those articles help to sell subscriptions. Tabloids love to post pictures of our favorite celebrities and movie stars showing that they too are not immune from the problem. They can also benefit from writing articles about how to get rid of those dreaded lumps and bumps. Massive amounts of media coverage surrounding high-profile celebrities such as Kim Kardashian have fueled public interest and caused a boom for the manufacturers of anti-cellulite products.
Statistics show that women worldwide spend more than 2 billion dollars annually to get rid of cellulite. That number is sure to increase for the foreseeable future as long as the media continues to portray it as an obstacle to beauty.
What Can You Do About it?
Your best defense is to take good care of your body. That means eating a healthy diet with plenty of nutritious, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.
It also means getting a reasonable amount of exercise. Since there is a known connection between those ugly thigh dimples and poor circulation, getting your body moving on a regular basis is one of the best ways to increase your odds of staying smooth and toned.
Proper hydration is another easy and affordable way to make sure that your body is getting a fresh supply of valuable nutrients and efficiently transporting waste away from your body's cells. Take the time to add that extra glass or two of water throughout the day and over time, it will become a healthy habit.
While there really is no quick and easy solution that will make cellulite disappear for good, an overall commitment to your health is a great start.