Cellulite Series Part 2

So what causes a person to have cellulite? What makes one person more likely than another to have cellulite?

Genetic factors contribute to the chances of an individual developing cellulite. The individual fibrogenic response to hypoxia (insufficient oxygen supply) situated in the subcutaneous fat tissue plays a vital role in the pathogenesis of cellulite. On this note, treatment strategies should be aimed to rectify the oxygen saturation in the adipose. Essentially, the person should try to increase blood flow to the fatty tissues, as the blood will carry oxygen to break up the toxic tissues and break down fat! This can be done many ways; most notably through exercise and massage.

Hormones are another factor that aggravates cellulite and oestrogen in particular. Oestrogen is thought to be involved because of the following reasons:

  • Cellulite primarily affects women.
  • Cellulite appears after puberty.
  • Cellulite is aggravated during menstruation, pregnancy, oestrogen therapy and nursing.

Obesity, skin flaccidity, and fatty accumulations are other reasons for the occurrence of cellulite. Obesity promotes a general increase in body weight (muscular, skeletal, organ hypertrophy and intestinal fluid) and results in an observable accumulation of fat. The clinical exhibition of localized adiposity is a sign of an increase in asymmetrical and bilateral diffuse volume due to an increase in the volume of the adipose tissue. This increase occurs in the subcutaneous tissue and leads to an aggravation of the cellulite lesions that lead to irregular undulations on the skin. The rise in fat volume, then leads to the augmentation of the tension forces within the fat globules. The tension is in turn projected to the skin surface and worsens the depressions. Thus maintaining a healthy weight helps one to avoid the appearance of excess cellulite.

It’s important to note that in regards to scientific health, cellulite is not considered to be an abnormal nor unhealthy occurrence. Rather, it often has a psychological impact because of society’s desire for smooth, taught skin. This desire leads many to turn to short term or sometimes drastic solutions in order to remove the dimpled appearance.

Diet is another cause for the formation of cellulite. When the body’s intake of calories is less than the amount it absorbs, fat reserves tend to increase. A fibrous tissue net compartmentalizes subcutaneous fat. When the net is compressed, the blood vessels and lymphatic system that runs through the area are compressed too. As a result, organic exchanges are slowed and the required amount of blood to run in the fatty areas to remove excess fatty acids. Localized fat becomes extremely difficult to get rid of even with intensive training. For instance, it is typical for women on a strict diet to lose weight, as well as in her breasts, but maintain her hips. This proves that diets that allow the body to shed weight quickly, do not give the skin enough time to adapt to the weight loss. Instead, calorie adjustment should be progressive.

Now that we have discussed some scientific causes of cellulite formulation, we will continue the series in part 3 with popular culture’s ideas about cellulite and how to lessen the appearance of cellulite.

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