Win the war against cellulite: Arm yourself with these facts and myths
When it comes to skin concerns, cellulite arguably ranks among the top. Its lumpy appearance is never welcome as it creates a landscape of peaks and valleys across the surface of your otherwise smooth skin.
To best arm yourself in the battle against cellulite, our skin experts at Rapid Laser Med Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada, pulled together the following list of 10 facts and falsehoods. By debunking some of the most common myths, and helping you better understand what cellulite is, we can make sure your anti-cellulite efforts are pointed in the right direction, delivering the best results.
It’s a woman’s world
You’re not just imagining it — women are far more prone to developing cellulite. The reason for this lies in the makeup of our bodies.
Underneath your skin is a complex network of connective bands that provide support and elasticity for your skin. In women, these bands are configured in a pattern reminiscent of a picket fence, while the connective bands in men are more tightly formed in a crisscross pattern.
The result? Fat deposits are more easily able to push up between the bands in women, which is what creates the puckered appearance.
Add to that the fact that women store more fat in their abdomen, thighs, and buttocks for reproductive purposes, and you have the perfect recipe for cellulite.
You’re not alone
If misery loves company, then women have plenty of it when it comes to cellulite. Approximately 90% of women develop some degree of cellulite over the course of their lives. Conversely, only 10% of men are afflicted.
The great equalizer
Cellulite doesn’t play favorites and strikes women of every body type, size, and race with equal tenacity. In fact, medical researchers believe that genetics plays a more critical role in whether you develop cellulite than physical, behavioral, or racial attributes.
XS or XL
Cellulite plagues both skinny and overweight men and women, and everyone in between. Many assume that being overweight goes hand in hand with cellulite, which just isn’t the case.
While extra fat can undoubtedly exacerbate the appearance of cellulite because more fat is pushing through, cellulite is created by structural issues in the layers beneath your skin — no matter how much you weigh.
18 or 80
Cellulite isn’t the sole domain of the more mature and can develop at any age.
If you’re a woman, as soon as you pass through puberty, you can potentially generate cellulite. Here again, we refer back to the basic fact that a structural issue causes cellulite, and that structure is in place throughout your entire life, whether you’re 18 or you’re 80.
That said, as you age, your collagen, which is responsible for the elasticity of your connective bands, begins to break down, which allows more fat to bulge through the weakened barriers.
Work it out?
When it comes to your fitness level, cellulite proves once again to be impartial. Research has shown that no matter your fitness level — from marathon runners to couch potatoes — if you’re prone to cellulite, it plows forward unheeded. But the news isn’t all bad.
If you develop a good strength-training practice, you can build muscles that help keep your fat deposits in their place, preventing them from making their grand entrance on the surface of your skin.
As a bonus, you can also lose weight, which leads to fewer fatty deposits that can poke through.
While it’s true that darker skin is better able to mask cellulite, we caution you against grabbing your suntan oil and heading to the beach. The sun’s harmful UV rays break down the structure of your skin from the inside out, which only leads to more cellulite in the end. Instead of the beach, use a self-tanner to darken the surface of your skin.
No magic potions
Turn on the TV, flip through a magazine, Google “cellulite,” and you find no shortage of miracle creams. The fact is, they don’t work. A topical cream can’t get to the source of your problem, which are the connective bands of tissue below the surface of your skin.
A good rub down
At Rapid Laser Med Spa we’ve spent a considerable amount of time studying the various “cures” for cellulite, and we’ve narrowed down our recommendations to a select few that deliver results. Among them are deep-tissue massages and body brushes.
Turn up the radio
More and more, radio-frequency laser is gaining favor as the most effective way to battle the appearance of cellulite. At Rapid Laser Med Spa, we use one of the most advanced, state-of-the-art systems known as TriPollar. TriPollar technology delivers non-invasive focused RF energy to the dermal layer providing immediate and noticeable skin tightening results. It’s clinically proven to provide long-lasting wrinkle reduction.
The RF provides a focused energy that delivers immediate short-term, as well as long-term skin tightening results. The immediate results are due to the contraction of collagen fibers. Long-term benefits are the results of the heat from the RF, which increases the fibroblast metabolism and promotes the production of new collagen.
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