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Cellulite Treatments

Cellulite, often referred to as ‘cottage cheese’, is the name for fat deposits which push against the connective tissue causing the skin surface to wrinkle or look lumpy.  A simple check for cellulite is to pinch the skin on your upper thigh – if it lumps up – you may have some.  Do not worry, you are not alone.  Many women and a rare few men have it too.

There are a few factors which contribute to ones risk of cellulite such as genes, sex, your amount of body fat, and body morphological differences (thickness of skin and fat distribution).  All these factors contribute to its visibility.

The unfortunate part for someone who has cellulite is that there is no miracle cure to rid your body.  You cannot simply rid your body of this substance, however there are multiple treatments which can reduce its appearance.

Reduce Body Fat – One of the influences on the formation of cellulite is ones amount of body fat.  If you reduce your amount of body fat then you reduce the risk of cellulite, or rather, its visibility.  Exercise can assist in weight loss, but can also increase muscle tone and improve skin tone.

Topical Creams – topical creams can be bought over the counter at a drug store which reduce the look of cellulite.  People often have mixed results with these products because they go in with the presumption that it removes cellulite.  A very limited range of cosmetic or laser surgery are truly effective in removing cellulite.  The best creams will have (1) gone through the rigors of clinical testing and (2) will contain ingredients such as L-carnitine, vitamin A, and coenzyme A.  With topical creams come the potential for reactions, therefore discontinue use if they become irritating.

Surgery – A British surgeon has developed a procedure that takes a mere 90 minutes, is painless, and can have the patient back in action within 24hrs.  Lasers are inserted into the fatty areas below the skin and dissolve the fat.  After this part, the laser is pointed back at the skin to stimulate collagen formation.  Multiple success stories have arose from this surgery, however it comes at a hefty cost (~2 500 pounds).

Of the above treatment options for cellulite, the simplest are a combination of topical creams and exercise.  Exercise will promote good health, improve body weight stability, and reduce body fat.  The use of topical creams can be employed as a quick fix to hide cellulite.  Just remember, you are not the only one with cellulite – many people have it and they all try many ways to get rid of it.  Try exercise and creams first, cheap and potentially as effective as surgery.var 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