Ask an Expert: How to Get Rid of Cellulite

Over 80% of women have cellulite and chances are, most have tried to get rid of the stubborn condition to little success. For many of us, cellulite is something we’ve been taught to dread and fear. You see less cellulite in men because their fibers run horizontally, forming a criss-cross pattern that prevents bulging or dimpling. Collagen fibers that connect fat to the skin may stretch, break down, or pull tight. This allows fat cells to bulge out. Since cellulite is largely due to a structural conformation below the skin, it is often common in very slender women. It doesn’t matter what causes cellulite, there aren’t any miracle products, treatments, or medicines that can make it go away.

Weight loss — through healthy eating and regular exercise — is probably the most beneficial cellulite treatment. Losing pounds and strengthening muscles in your legs, thighs, buttocks and abdomen can improve the appearance of the dimpled skin. Massage and body manipulation techniques are employed to enhance the removal of fluid in the dermis area. These techniques do not remove the cellulite, but may have a temporary effect in reducing the amount of ‘dimpling’ appearance. When used as a compliment to exercise, eating healthy, taking certain supplements, and exfoliating, cellulite creams can make a big difference in how your skin looks and feels. Quite the contrary! Liposuction is not very successful in treating cellulite and may actually worsen the dimpled skin appearance.

Intense cardio workouts such as running, cycling, hiking up hills, or taking cardio classes are your greatest weapon. We know you’re already eating them for their rich essential fatty acid content, but nuts are another diet staple that help lessen the appearance of cellulite. Retinoic acid (retinol) used over a period of >6 months has been shown to improve cellulite, probably by increasing dermal collagen thickness and contour of elastic fibers (home cellulite treatment). It’s the thing that affects almost every woman, no matter her size. You know what I’m talking about — the dimples and puckers, ripples and waves that crop up when you cross your legs or on your butt in a bathing suit. Some of us want to believe it was, but if we are honest with ourselves we have to admit that cellulite is increasing in our society at an alarming rate —even faster than our waistlines.

The price of cellulite treatment varies for each person depending on the extent of treatment necessary. Few people realize that unsightly patches of cellulite are not improved by either physical exercise or even the strictest weight-control diets. I’ve tried all types of creams for cellulite and nothing ever worked. I was hesitant to spend $60 on another product but I was at a spa and they highly recommended this product. Machines to treat cellulite include vacuum rolling and radio waves to break up the fat. The first one of them on the market was Endermologie. You’ll probably need at least six sessions, which cost $50 to $150 each; the (subtle) results could last up to a few months.

Fighting cellulite can largely be summed up as adopting a natural, healthy lifestyle — and that’s something that offers countless benefits in its own right. One theory is that the decline of gelatin containing foods in our diets has led to an increase in cellulite as we don’t have the needed building blocks for healthy connective tissue (how to get rid of cellulite on thighs fast). Water keeps the skin hydrated and flushes out toxins, and is key if you want to keep your skin looking fresh and youthful, too. Cigarette smoke has been shown to reduce blood vessel flow and to weaken and disrupt the formation of collagen, allowing for the connective tissue to become stretched and damaged more easily and for underlying fat to show through. Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a nutrient that prevents the breakdown of collagen in the skin and promotes cell renewal.

Cellulite is caused by specific bands from the muscle to the skin that create dimpling. Cellfina selectively release the bands that cause the cellulite, revealing long-term results.. “EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. It uses sound pressure/shock waves generated by a hand-held probe to treat cellulite through the skin,” said Dr. Lau. “It’s noninvasive.” Massage is supposed to speed out the circulation by kneading the cellulite areas, and is also supposed to help break down toxins and fat. There are some ways we can improve it. Let me tell you how. Keeping very hydrated will help cellulite so you want to increase your water intake as much as possible. The only proven and long-lasting effective method of reducing cellulite on your body is to have more muscle and less fat.

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