One common aesthetic problem among women and also men is the appearance of cellulite on the thighs, buttocks and calves. Cellulite is described as the uneven collections of fat that resist the connective skin tissue and push back against it. This causes your thighs, buttocks and stomach to look puckered, lumpy or dimpled, and can look unattractive to many people.If you are looking to have your cellulite removed in Singapore, you can visit https://ozheanzoey.com/cellulite-removal-singapore/.
What is cellulite, exactly?
Cellulite is a term term for the formation of dimples or lumps on a person’s skin, particularly on the thighs, buttocks, and calves. It is usually caused by collections of fat pushing against the connective tissue underlying the skin. Although it is a very common problem in women it can also affect men by a lesser degree. This discrepancy between men and women is mainly due to a greater variance in the distribution of fat, muscle, and connective tissue amongst women, in particular because of pregnancy.
Cellulite is often called by many popular nicknames, such as cottage-cheese skin, orange-peel skin, and the mattress phenomenon. According to the latest studies, almost 80 to 90 percent of all women experience cellulite at least once in their lives, whilst only 10% of men are affected. Cellulite is often considered unattractive and can negatively affect a woman’s self-confidence.
What causes cellulite to appear?
Several factors have been pinpointed to have an effect on whether or not you have cellulite, as well as on the severity or grade of your cellulite. The most common factors for the appearance of cellulite are the genetics, age, sex, body fat percentage and skin thickness of a person.
The development of cellulite on a person depends on having certain specific genes, which also means that you will have a higher chance of developing cellulite if you have a family member that has it as well. Some genes also contribute to a person’s metabolism, body fat percentage and blood circulation, which can affect the chance of cellulite development.
As we age, our skin starts to lose some of its collagen production. Collagen is important for keeping the skin elastic and thick, which helps in preventing cellulite from developing. When our skin starts to sag and wrinkly, there’s also a higher chance for cellulite to appear on the thighs, calves, and buttocks.
- Hormonal Factors
Hormones can also affect the development of cellulite, especially for women. Studies have shown that insulin, estrogen, thyroid hormones, and noradrenaline play a part in the appearance of cellulite on the body.
Cellulite is more common to develop on women compared to men due to various factors such as hormonal balance.
- Body Fat Percentage
Cellulite development is more pronounced and visible amongst obese people compared to those who are not, however it can also affect thin and fit people to a lesser degree.
Is cellulite harmful for the body?
Cellulite is a cosmetic problem and while it may look unattractive or embarrassing, it has no effect on a person’s overall general health.
What are the symptoms of cellulite?
Cellulite can manifest on your skin in multiple grades, depending on the intensity of its appearance. It has four grades:
- Grade 0 – There is no cellulite development on your body.
- Grade 1 (mild)–While standing up, the skin looks smooth and cellulite-free but shows up when the skin is relaxed. The cellulite appears like an “orange-peel” texture and there is a slight sagging of the skin. There are one (1) to four (4) shallow depressions or dimples on the skin.
- Grade 2 (moderate) – The affected skin has moderately deep dimples and can appear every time even while standing. The appearance of the cellulite is akin to “cottage cheese” and there are five (5) to nine (5) slightly deep dimples or depressions.
- Grade 3 (severe) – There are deep peaks and valleys on your skin, and the cellulite appears more pronounced compared to other grades. There are at least ten (10) visible deep depressions, and the cellulite has a “mattress-like” appearance.
Is cellulite contagious?
Cellulite is not contagious and thus, cannot be spread through skin contact.
How do you get rid of cellulite?
Fortunately, thanks to modern medicine there are several treatments and procedures available to help get rid of cellulite on your skin. Some of these methods are stated below:
- Topical medicine and treatments
For cellulite in Grade 1 or 2, it is often recommended to first try out some topical treatments before resorting to more involved procedures. There are several approved topical treatments for cellulite on the market, which can work in multiple different ways. Most of these topical treatments work by increasing skin hydration which in turn plumps it up, reducing cellulite appearance.
- Surgical treatments
If you are willing to go under the knife, one option to remove Grade 2 or 3 cellulite is through subcision. Subcision is a minor surgical technique that releases the dermis from tethering and in turn reduces cellulite appearance. This method is not recommended for Grade 1 cellulite since that can be fixed using a less invasive technique. Be wary that after a cellulite subcision, recovery can take about two to three weeks and you may feel some side effects such as bruising and soreness during the recovery.
- Non-invasive treatments
There are several options available if you’re thinking of getting a noninvasive procedure done to remove your cellulite. Some of these include:
- Radiofrequency (RF) Treatment – a special device is used to deliver concentrated heat on the skin tissues underneath the cellulite. This heat stimulates collagen production on the skin, which results in a tighter, better-looking skin compared to before.
- Vacuum Suction Treatment – another option to get rid of cellulite is by the use of the vacuum suction treatment. In this treatment, the fibrous bands around the fat arestretched physically or mechanically, which results to a reduction on cellulite appearance. A lot of doctors recommend a combination of RF and Vacuum Suction treatments to achieve better results.Ozhean Zoey Medical & Aesthetic Clinic
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