Cellulite is simply fat that has formed in the layer underneath the dermis and epidermis of the skin and is characterized by a dimpling, cottage cheese, orange-peel look. Fat cells are divided into compartments by connective tissue. Men have connective tissue with a pattern that is horizontal or crisscross while women have connective tissue in the shape of honeycomb which allows fat to protrude. Cellulite is caused by many factors including poor circulation, hormones, genetics, inadequate exercise and unhealthy diet. Although there are creams, lotions and procedures that can be done to reduce cellulite, proper nutrition, cardio exercise and strength training are the safest, most effective, long-term strategies for minimizing the appearance of cellulite.
Rather, cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin (often in the buttocks and thigh areas, but also on arms, stomachs, and other common trouble spots, as well).
Hormones also seem to play a role in the appearance of cellulite: As women age, their bodies produce less estrogen—a hormone that helps keep blood vessels flowing smoothly. Less estrogen can mean poorer circulation, which can also mean a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.
Being overweight does make the appearance of cellulite more noticeable; the more fat you have underneath your skin, the more it’s likely to put stress on your connective tissue and bulge out of its weak spots. But cellulite also happens to women of all shapes and sizes.
A regular exercise practice cannot cure cellulite—but in many cases, it can help prevent or reduce its appearance. Cellulite occurs when connective fibers underneath the skin become weak or lose their elasticity, but stretching and strengthening those areas (in addition to burning away excess fat overall) can help. “Firming and toning those muscles will in turn tighten the skin, giving the illusion that cellulite is less noticeable.
Running or other forms of cardio can help keep weight off, which may reduce the appearance of dimples and dents. 15 minutes of aerobic activity with 15 minutes of strength training three times a week, however, they lost 10 pounds of fat, added two pounds of muscle, and saw a greater overall improvement in body composition. In other words, they looked better and lost some of the wiggle.
You can’t diet cellulite away. Losing weight sometimes makes it better, but ironically, it can also make it worse. When you drop pounds, you also ditch flab, meaning, theoretically, that you should have less cellulite. However, your skin can become saggy after weight loss, which can make cellulite more pronounced.
Treating it isn’t easy. Liposuction, which has been marketed as a treatment for cellulite, often makes the condition worse. Removing fat with lipo can leave your skin even more puckered looking than it was before.
Despite what you might read on their labels, no topical creams—prescription or over-the-counter—have been shown to permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite. Studies have found, however, that products containing retinoids (labeled as retinol over-the-counter) may provide some temporary effects by creating a thicker skin cover that can help camouflage bumps
Laser, radio-frequency, and massage techniques have been used for several years to reduce the appearance of cellulite—and while their results are not permanent, they are effective in the short-term
Some (like TriActiv and VelaSmooth laser treatments) require 10 to 15 sessions to significantly improve appearance, and require monthly maintenance appointments. Others (like the radio-frequency treatment Thermage CL) are more expensive but results seem to last six months to a year.
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.
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.
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.