Lets focus on skin anatomy first. The outermost layer of skin is called epidermis; the underneath layer is called dermis; next layer contains sweat glands, hair follicles, blood vessels, and layers of fat, separated by connective tissue. Cellulite is a collection of fat deposits developed in the upper fat layer. When the connective tissue is weakened, the fat cell chambers protrude through it into the dermis. The unevenness of fat deposits and it's location close to the skin surface gives the ‘bumpy’ appearance known as cellulite. For the most part hormonal changes caused by puberty, pregnancy, birth control pills and menopause are responsible for it's formation. Besides women have a much thinner dermis than men.
The other factors involved in the process of cellulite formation are: excessive body weight, lack of movement, bad eating habits, alcohol, smoking, etc. Even though the medical world still did not meet consensus whether cellulite is a disease or just a disorder – it can in fact lead to problems with lymphatic system and microcirculation.
Treatments that not only claim but also are effective in “reducing the appearance” or “improving look" of cellulite exist. However, don’t expect to find miracle products, treatments, or creams that remove cellulite forever. If you want to get rid of cellulite, you have to be prepared for a lifetime struggle. The important thing is to know your options. Salons and spas offer pricey treatments based on new technologies, such as ultrasound, infrared light, radio frequencies, LED and various light therapies. There are also small devices for at-home use that are based on the same technologies and will help you to reduce cellulite. You can use them instead of (or in alliance with) your visits to the specialist and cut down on costly procedures.
If you are persistent and work on it every day, combine your at-home treatments with the deep manual massage, herbal treatments, oils and creams – you will defeat your cellulite! Don’t give up!
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