How to Manage & Treat Cellulite
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a term used to describe lumpy, dimpled skin. It mostly affects the flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks, and belly. While it can affect both men and women, it is more common in females. Over 80% of women are thought to experience cellulite after puberty or later in their lives.
Cellulite is not a serious condition at all, but most women don’t like how it makes their skin look. While weight gain can make cellulite more noticeable, thinner people can also have it. Whether you develop it or not is likely a matter of genetics, as it has been shown to run in families.
What causes cellulite?
It is unclear what, exactly, causes cellulite. We do know that the uneven, dimpled surface of the skin is caused by what happens underneath: As our fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin and stretch the fibrous cords that connect the underlying muscle to the skin; at some point, those cords are stretched out as far as they go and begin pulling down the skin in those places where they’re connected. You might think of it as the slightly bumpy surface area of a mattress or a quilt.
Again, cellulite cannot be merely attributed to weight gain. You might be genetically predisposed to have shorter connective cords than others, giving your underlying fat less room to expand and thereby causing dimples in the skin.
How to tell if you have cellulite?
For many women, cellulite can be brought on by pregnancy and with ageing, when the skin loses its elasticity.
And here’s the thing: What happens to your skin when it loses its elasticity due to ageing may not be cellulite at all.
This is great news for many women who think they have cellulite. They may give up because they’ve been told there is no effective treatment, while a simple solution might be right around the corner. While permanent treatment of cellulite remains elusive, it’s easy to see why so many people confuse it with age-related skin laxity. However, the appearance of cellulite is different from the actual thing. What appears like the bumpy skin caused by cellulite is often just ageing skin that has become slacker.
How to effectively treat cellulite?
At G&T Aesthetics, we know a thing or two about ageing skin and how to treat it.
To illustrate this better, let’s return to the mattress analogy described earlier. If cellulite is like your mattress, then you might imagine your ageing skin like a wrinkled balloon that has lost some of its air.
While in one case (cellulite) there are strings – for lack of a better word – that pull down the skin, in the other case (age-related laxity) the skin is simply a bit rumpled and therefore uneven. And while it’s difficult to fix the “strings,” it is entirely possible to tighten and even out the “rumpled” skin.
While there are a variety of ways to address cellulite, it’s important to consider that some treatment methods may be better suited to some more than others. Lifestyle also plays an important role in determining the efficacy and longevity of treatment results. At G&T Aesthetics we provide one of the most highly effective, affordable and well-tolerated treatment offerings to target cellulite. Our use of cryotherapy to target cellulite ensures our patients can resume normal activity immediately after treatment with no visual or physical downtime. Treatments start as little as £50 per treatment session, and vast improvements may be seen after 1-treatment. These results will continue to improve with continued use of our aftercare cream and an ongoing commitment to a guided treatment plan.
Are you bothered by bumpy, uneven skin? Are you unsure whether this is due to cellulite or other causes? We are confident that we can create a customised solution for you. Contact us or simply request a consultation to learn how we can help you to firmer, younger-looking skin.
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