Cellulite, or the orange-peel dimpled skin on the surface of legs, buttocks and arms, affects nearly 90 percent of all women and 10 percent of men during their lifetime. Cellulite is a normal occurrence, affecting almost 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men during their lifetime. On the surface, cellulite appears as lumpy or dimpled skin. However, the process of developing cellulite is more than skin deep.
The puckering of skin happens when the layer of fat beneath the skin pushes against connective tissue and bulges, causing the characteristic orange-peel or cottage cheese appearance.
Hormonal changes, specifically a decline in estrogen levels, may contribute to changes in circulation and a reduction in the production of collagen. A combination of fat cells becoming larger or increasing in number, a thinner collagen layer and change in blood supply may lead to cellulite.
Risk Factors That Increase Potential for Cellulite Development
Other risk factors include high levels of insulin and catecholamines, both integral in the breakdown and storage of fat molecules.
High levels of carbohydrates in the diet increase the risk of hyperinsulinemia, which supports lipogenesis, or the formation of fat cells and growth of current cells. Other hormones that may play a role are noradrenaline, thyroid hormone and prolactin.
Women have a higher risk of developing cellulite as there is a significant difference in the way their connective tissue and fat cells are arranged compared to men. Fat cells in women tend to be arranged vertically under the skin.
As they grow, the tops bulge and poke through the tissue layer. Fat cells in men are typically arranged horizontally and lay flat against each other.
Prolonged sitting and an inactive lifestyle may change circulatory patterns and increase the risk of developing cellulite. Some researchers have also linked chronic inflammatory changes to an increased risk, finding macrophages and lymphocytes in cellulite tissue.
Smokers also have a higher risk of developing cellulite, as do those who stand in one place for long periods of time.
There are a horde of factors that can lead to cellulite in you. However, poor blood circulation and disruption in lymphatic flow are the ultimate outcome that cause enlargement of fat cells in your subcutaneous layer resulting in appearance of dimpling on the surface of your skin. The cellulite acupuncture process primarily attempts to reverse the condition through improving the circulation and the lymphatic flow.
In cellulite acupuncture, the needles are inserted on the selected points associated with the cellulite-affected limb – whether it is your thighs, hips, buttock, abdomen or any other part of your body that show the dimpled skin.
The needles remain inserted for a period ranging from 45 minutes to an hour to work on your affected fat cells and connective tissues to facilitate better circulation and enhanced metabolism in these areas. In order to sustain the improved condition, you are required to supplement the acupuncture treatment through certain stretching exercises as well as massages.
As regards the frequency of your treatment, one to two sessions per week are mandatory. While considerable improvement can be noticed after about four to five sessions, a total of 10 to 12 cellulite acupuncture sittings are normally prescribed.