The question shouldn't be who has cellulite, but who doesn't? At some point in their lives, about 90% of women will experience this common cosmetic condition.
As with so many things, there is a whole heap of myths surrounding cellulite, some of which could end up costing you a lot of money for nothing. So if you're searching for effective cellulite treatment, read on.
One of the most common myths about cellulite is that it only happens to those who are overweight. This just isn't true; it can happen to anyone, even fit and slim women. Oh, and that's another myth; it's not just women who get cellulite.
Around 10% of men get cellulite at some stage. However, it's true that women are more prone to the condition, largely because they carry more fat on their hips and thighs and have less supportive connective tissue.
Cellulite can also be affected by hormones. As they get older women produce less oestrogen, which can lead to poor circulation, which causes a decrease in collagen production and the deterioration of connective tissue. Cellulite can be genetic, too.
When it comes to cellulite treatment you come across some great myths. If you believed them you'd spend a fortune at your local pharmacy buying over-the-counter miracle cures. The truth of the matter is, no matter what it says on the label, a topical cream will not cure your cellulite.
Or at least, none of them has been proven to permanently reduce cellulite. What may happen is this: creams that contain retinoids (retinol) can create a thicker skin which may lessen the appearance of cellulite.
Other over-the-counter preparations tell you your cellulite is caused by toxins in your body. It's a myth. Removing toxins from your body might help your overall health but it really doesn't have anything to do with cellulite.
Cellulite is basically fat. As our connective tissue breaks down, and we stop producing as much collagen, the fat breaks through the layers causing that lumpy podgy appearance. Rather than spending a fortune on creams, you'd be better to start doing some exercise.
Whilst the breakdown of connective tissue is age-related it can also be weakened by poor circulation, being overweight, lack of exercise and lack of muscle tone.
Whilst cellulite is not restricted to those who are overweight, excess fat will cause increased cellulite, as it puts too much pressure on the connective tissue. This means the cheapest cellulite treatment on the market is probably exercise.
Again, this is not a cure, but it can help reduce the appearance of cellulite by stretching and strengthening the muscles and connective tissue beneath the skin. It will also help shed some of that excess fat.
When it comes to tried and proven cellulite treatment, you need to call in the professionals. Having established that lotions and potions really don't do anything, you'll need to consider treatments such as laser therapy, Radio Frequency and massage.
It's important to point out, however, that these aren't generally miracle cures either. But they will reduce the appearance of cellulite more than any other treatment. In the long run, they'll probably work out to be better value than those expensive creams, too.
The big no-no is liposuction. Sucking out the fat won't fix the problem - in fact, it could even make it worse. You'd be much better to consider newer treatments, such as LaserLipo and LiquidLipo. Another cellulite treatment getting great reviews is Cellulaze, a minimally invasive laser treatment.
So, before you go running to the nearest pharmacy, or spend a fortune on a genetic test to see if you're going to get cellulite, search Bookwell for a better solution and book a consultation today.