What is Cellulite?

The condition and appearance of Cellulite is actually an indicator of a disease of the connective tissues, it is a from of fat though its causes and cures have much less to do with diet and exercise than you would think. The undesired look of Cellulite is brought about by the alteration of the skins underlying connective tissues and occurs when enlarged fat cells accumulate in pockets under the skins surface due to the impairment of the body’s microcirculation system. It is due to these pockets of accumulated fat that when pushed up against the surface of the skin, creates a dimple like appearance. The reason for the development of Cellulite results from a complex combination of factors which range from lifestyle to hormones and hereditary factors.

Who is most at risk of developing Cellulite?

Women are most at risk of developing Cellulite with 95% over the age of 20 developing the condition, this is compared to around 5% of men. The main reasons for this are due to the anatomical differences between males and females, not only do males store fat differently to women (resulting in less build up of enlarged fat cells), they also have thicker skin which means that the accumulation of excess fat cells are less noticeable. Although lifestyle factors play a role in the development of Cellulite and that fact that it is mostly seen in people who carry excess weight, it can develop on almost anyone including naturally thin people, super models and elite athletes. This suggests that genetics play a role in the development of Cellulite. Research has also indicated that hormones are also a contributing factor in cellulite formation as we often see pregnant women suffering from this condition, as do children going through puberty.

Is Cellulite bad for my health?

Cellulite is not considered a serious medical condition. However, it is important to note that if left untreated, Cellulite can progress to a stage where it will not only look unsightly but also become hard and painful to the touch and also very difficult to treat.
The Nurnberger-Muller scale was developed by physicians to differentiate between the changeable levels of cellulite an individual can possess. It requires that you make visual inspections and also a pinch test.
To perform the pinch test, you must pinch your skin at the buttocks, thigh or belly with your thumb and index finger.
  • Stage 0 – An individual cannot notice cellulite dimples in a standing or stretched out position. Once the pinch test is done, you will notice wrinkles but not dimples.
  • Stage 1 – Cellulite dimples are noticeable only when performing the pinch test and not when in a standing or stretched out position.
  • Stage 2 – With stage 2 cellulite, dimples can be noticed on the body when standing but not when stretching out.
  • Stage 3 – Cellulite dimples are noticeable either while standing or stretching out. Some individuals may experience either a dreary ache in the regions of cellulite, or cellulite that is sensitive to the touch.


Procedures for Cellulite

The best way to reduce the appearance of cellulite is through a healthy lifestyle. Studies on exercise show that exercising most days of the week, using both cardiovascular and strength training, is the most effective way to reduce the amount of fat, and in turn cellulite, on the body. Drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet will also improve the appearance of cellulite over time. Although there are no procedures that can permanently help with the problems associated with Cellulite, there are ones that can reduce the severity and appearance. For this we offer the following:

Thermage Body – Non-invasive skin tightening and contouring using radio frequency
SlimLipo – Laser assisted Lipolysis

To enquire about the correction of Cellulite at the Cosmetic Medical Clinic Sydney, call 02 9211 6916 or fill out the form below to send us an online enquiry. We would love the opportunity to organise an obligation and fee free consultation.

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