Cellulite is a condition in which the skin has a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It usually affects the buttocks and thighs but can also occur in other areas. Cellulite occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin. Cellulite can affect both men and women, but it is more common in females, due to the different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue. Between 80 and 90 percent of women may experience cellulite at some point in their lives. The exact cause of cellulite is unknown, but it appears to result from an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin, and the layer of fat that is just below it.
In women, the fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically. If the fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, this gives the appearance of cellulite. In men, the tissue has a criss-cross structure, which may explain why are less likely to have cellulite than women.
Some other factors appear to be linked to the chance of having cellulite.
- Hormonal factors and age: Hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process. One theory is that as estrogen in women decreases in the approach to menopause, blood flow to the connective tissue under the skin also decreases. Lower circulation means less oxygen in the area, resulting in lower collagen production. Fat cells also enlarge as estrogen levels fall. These factors combine to makes the fat deposits more visible. As the fat under the skin protrudes through weakening connective tissue, the familiar dimpling effect results. Age also causes the skin to becomes less elastic, thinner, and more likely to sag. This increases the chance of cellulite developing.
- Genetic factors: Certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genetic factors can be linked to a person’s speed of metabolism, distribution of fat under the skin, ethnicity, and circulatory levels.
- Dietary and lifestyle factors: Cellulite is not caused by “toxins,” although a healthy lifestyle may help reduce the risk. People who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, and salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite. Wearing underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks can limit blood flow, and this may contribute to the formation of cellulite.
The cellulite acupuncture process primarily attempts to reverse the condition through improving the circulation and the lymphatic flow. Apart from doing away with your cellulite problem through enhanced metabolism, improved circulation and lymphatic flow, cellulite acupuncture is useful too in driving your toxins out. It also facilitates relieving your tension/stress and brings new glow to your skin apart from firming it up as well.