Cellulite is one condition most women are terrified of developing. Although it is harmless in terms of health and wellness, cellulite causes many women anxiety and worry. With its dimpling effect, cellulite may make the skin look much like an orange peel -- certainly not an effect any woman wants to see on her hips or the backs of her thighs. Many women spend too much time worrying about cellulite only to see few results. Thankfully, there are ways to fight back.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite develops when the normal fat layer under the skin puts pressure against the connective tissues of the body. Unfortunately, because this layer of fat is so close to the surface, it often results in the visible effects we call cellulite. Cellulite doesn’t discriminate and affects both thin and overweight people equally, and there is a hereditary link so if your family members have cellulite, chances are you will develop it too. In addition to genetics, cellulite may be caused or worsened by poor nutrition habits, lack of exercise, dehydration, hormonal changes, and more. Your total body fat may also add to the problem.
Eat right and exercise
Your first line of defense against cellulite should be proper diet and exercise. Together, a healthy a diet and regular exercise routine may help reduce overall body fat, shrink fat cells, and keep you trim and healthy. Exercise also helps control hormonal fluctuations. Toned muscles, a thinner fat pad, and even hormone levels all will help add to a smooth, even skin surface.
Drinking enough water and staying hydrated helps your skin stay firm and elastic. This allows your skin to resist some of the effects of the fat layer and connective tissues that press against one another. Keeping the tissues beneath the skin hydrated, as well as the skin itself, will help create a smooth appearance from head to toe.
A body lift
A body lift can address cellulite by smoothing and tightening the skin. The procedure may be used to address trouble areas in many parts of the body, including the buttocks and thighs -- the two common areas affected by cellulite. Typically, a body lift involves removing excess or sagging skin, two conditions that may make cellulite appear more obvious. By removing this problem skin, the skin left behind is pulled taut, resulting in the smooth, improved surface, in addition to improving the toned and shapely appearance of the area being treated. Body lift procedures are ideal for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off or who have endured pregnancy and have not seen their skin bounce back appropriately.
For some patients, liposuction may be the answer to their cellulite woes. Liposuction is used to improve shape and contour, and for some patients may also address cellulite. Liposuction addresses stubborn fat pockets that don’t respond to diet and exercise; however, it is important to continue your healthy eating habits and exercise regularly in order to maintain your liposuction results. Newer methods of liposuction may also offer improved results when treating cellulite, as they allow for more precise control and targeted fat removal than traditional liposuction.
To learn more about cellulite and how to conquer it, please call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices or (816) 436-3262 for our Kansas City office. We look forward to seeing you soon.