A Closer Look on the Origins of Cellulite

If you think you’re the only one who’s battling cellulite, you’ll be relieved to know that the incidence of cellulite is estimated at 80 to 90 percent of the adult female population. How exactly does cellulite form? And why is it common in women and not men? Here are some answers.

The appearance of cellulite is not limited to the overweight or obese. It can also form on fit, healthy, lean individuals. Cellulite has nothing to do with your weight but rather with the composition of your fat cells, collagen, and the surrounding skin tissues.

The dimpled look associated with cellulite is actually fat pushing up into the columns of fibrous tissue underneath the skin. The vertical arrangement of these columns of fibrous tissue in women allows fat to push up the tissues. This is different in males, where this fibrous tissue is arranged in diagonal, not vertical, columns.

Additionally, estrogen, the predominant female hormone, has been associated with increased risk for cellulite formation. This hormone helps the body store extra fat (from an evolutionary standpoint, women need more fat for reproduction purposes) in the stomach, thighs, hips, and legs. A surge in estrogen during pregnancy and menopause is linked to increased cellulite.

Other factors that also contribute to cellulite include genetics, a diet high in heavily-processed carbs and low in fiber, consistent use of tight clothing which can impede blood circulation, and lack of resistance exercise to improve muscle tone and skin texture.

Exploring your cellulite treatment options

The appearance of cellulite can be successfully reduced or even eliminated with a combination of lifestyle modifications and cosmetic therapies such as laser treatments that are specifically designed to banish cellulite. Call 325-641-1927 to explore your cellulite treatment options today at the Creative Image Laser Solutions!

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