Cellulite is a very common condition, especially in women – about nine out of ten women suffer from it. Although it is harmless to the skin, many people find it embarrassing.
Experts say that cellulite is a condition in which the skin on the thighs, thighs, buttocks, and sometimes the abdomen becomes bumpy. The exact cause of this condition is still unknown, and most treatments provide only temporary improvement.
This leads many people to undertake unproven and sometimes risky experiments to get rid of this embarrassing skin appearance.
Alexandra Mills-Hack, cosmetologist and skincare expert at AM Aesthetics, tries to explain four myths about this condition so women can stop resorting to unreliable measures.
Myth 1: Tight jeans cure cellulite
It may seem like a good idea to wear tight clothes to get rid of bumpy skin, but Alexandra says that “wearing skinny jeans to improve the look of cellulite can make it worse.”
Many studies have shown that cellulite is linked to water retention in the body, and wearing clothing that can reduce circulation to the legs can lead to an increased risk of cellulite.
Myth 2: Liposuction can fix cellulite
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure used to remove unwanted fat deposits. While liposuction may seem like an effective cellulite treatment, Alexandra says it can backfire.
She explained, “Liposuction does not cure cellulite, but in some cases it can worsen its appearance.”
When fat is removed after liposuction, the skin tightening that was present due to the upward pressure of the underlying fat disappears, leaving the excess skin looking flabby, like a deflated balloon that looks wrinkled.
Myth 3: Men and women are equally prone to developing cellulite.
Alexandra said it’s undeniable that cellulite is more common in women than men due to tissue fibers and hormones.
In fact, only 10% of men suffer from this disease, compared to 80-90% of women.
“This is because women have fewer cross-linked collagen fibers compared to men,” Alexandra explained.
Cross-linked collagen fibers are the connective tissue needed to keep skin strong and supple. And when we have weaker connective tissue, cellulite appears, and wrinkles appear in old age.
Cellulite is often associated with hormonal changes, especially estrogen. Both high and low levels of estrogen cause a decrease in hormone production, which increases the appearance of cellulite.
How to actually get rid of cellulite
According to the NHS, if you’re overweight, losing weight is the best way to fight cellulite.
And you will start to notice the difference with a healthy diet and exercise, as exercise helps burn fat and strengthens core muscles, which helps improve their appearance.
Alexandra also recommends laser therapy, which breaks down the thick fat deposits under the skin that cause us to see cellulite.
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