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Before we can discuss cellulite and liposuction we first have to understand exactly what cellulite is.
What's that you say?...
It's just the ugly fat you don't want on your butt, or its just the cottage cheese thighs that plague you.
Not that much to it.
Well, we discovered that there is a little more to cellulite than that. To truly understand the nature of the problem that cellulite presents you have to understand what it is and what causes it.
Cellulite is a very natural occurrence of fat that concentrates mostly below the waistline.
The troubling aspect to cellulite is invariably its appearance. Uneven fatty deposits characterized by a dimpled, lumpy topography is how cellulite shows its presence. And where is this fat typically located?... Thighs, hips and buttocks are where cellulite typically appears.
Cellulite forms in discrete chambers just under the skin.
So they are very superficial to the skin and show quite easily as an overall skin texturizer. The chambers are also separated by fibrous collagen septa that have the effect of creating individual pockets. So for instance -as you gain weight these individual chambers expand creating a quilted effect visible on the skin.
For obese individuals these chambers are super stuffed with fat and bulge and pit the skin even more prominently.
Cellulite is a normal and harmless process.
What makes it different from other kinds of fat is that it is present in women and not men typically. In fact research shows that over 95% of adult women worldwide have cellulite.
Estrogen and to a lesser extent progesterone play a huge role in the formation of cellulite.
The presence of estrogen triggers the storage of fat in general used for nursing children, pregnancy and menstruation. Progesterone weakens the veins and causes women to retain water which can contribute to the appearance of cellulite.
Cellulite is difficult to treat because it is in large part genetically predetermined. Being female and having female hormones predisposes you to this condition. And there is no treatment for curing female-ness.
Do men have to worry about cellulite and liposuction as a cure?...
Unfair to say.. but not so much. Again cellulite is mostly a women's issue.
Men just don't have the excess of female hormones that drive this phenomenon for women. Men also generally tend to accumulate fat in the abdominal area (rather than the hips, buttocks and thighs as in women). And the fat that men gain is typically packed into smaller chambers that are more tightly held together by the surrounding collagen.
Finally men have a significantly thicker dermis which tends to smooth-out the surface appearance of the skin and the fat underneath.
The most popular treatments for cellulite involve: exercise, dieting, massage, herbal supplementation, lotions, and surgery (cellulite and liposuction). I will briefly describe the benefits of each one:
Of all the treatments/solutions to address cellulite the very best overall solution ultimately involves lifestyle changes through diet and exercising. Hands down it is the best way to stop the storage of fat underneath the skin, and to decrease the amount of fat currently in those areas.
Liposuction is not guaranteed to reduce the appearance of cellulite. In some individuals it may improve the appearance of cellulite but those results will at best be temporary especially if lifestyle changes aren't undertaken.
If you have cellulite and liposuction is the only option you are considering to address it... you may be missing the boat.
The bottom line is that as long as caloric in-take exceeds expenditure of calories through physical movement and exercise your body will store that difference in energy as fat. For women we are predisposed to have that fat stored in the thighs, hips and buttocks. And most likely it will appear in the form of cellulite. Anything short of lifestyle changes whether it be lotion, potions, magic pills, or surgery is most likely not going to do the trick.
Accept your bodily flaws and work to improve your overall fitness and health.
"Cellulite." Mai Tran. and Teresa G. Odle. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. Ed. Laurie Fundukian. 3rd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2009. 4 vols.
Venkataram, Jayashree. "Tumescent liposuction: A review." Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery 1.2 (2008): 49. Expanded Academic ASAP. Web. 23 Jan. 2010.
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