All about cellulite: causes, prevention, reduction, and treatment in Portland

Cellulite causes, prevention, reduction, and treatment in Portland

The myth is that diet and exercise will lead to a picture-perfect body. The reality is that even the healthiest people still struggle with bulging, sagging, and lumpy spots on their bodies. Cellulite is on the list of problems that persist, despite great skincare habits, weight loss, and other efforts. If you are frustrated by “cottage cheese thighs,” turn to the trusted professionals at Thrive in Portland, OR.

What causes cellulite?

It might become more predominant if you gain weight or become less noticeable after weight loss. Yet, it never seems to go away. Cellulite looks like lumpy fat, giving skin a dimpled texture. However, it involves more than just fat, which is why it’s so challenging to treat.

The layer of fat is located between the skin and muscle. Ideally, it is smooth. However, sometimes connective fibers bind skin closely to the muscle. This causes a dimple, while fat around it bulges. The appearance of cellulite depends on its severity, as well as the thickness of the fat layer and other factors. It might not be visible unless skin is pinched, or it might be extremely noticeable.

Researchers still do not fully understand the underlying causes of cellulite but have identified several risk factors.

  • Gender – Cellulite is very rare in men, and very common in women. This is attributed to differences between male and female skin structure.
  • Age – Due to loss of elasticity in aging skin, cellulite becomes more predominant as the years pass.
  • Obesity – Excess weight means a thicker layer of fat, with more pronounced bulges and dimples.
  • Hormone imbalance – Several hormones have been identified as part of the process of cellulite production. It is theorized that hormone levels in the body affect the likelihood of developing cellulite.
  • Family history – Due to factors such as metabolism, fat distribution, and circulation, some people are genetically predisposed to cellulite.
  • Eating habits – Researchers dispute the notion that toxins cause cellulite; however, proper nutrition is essential for weight management and skin health, so the right diet may have a positive impact.
  • Nicotine – Smoking inhibits the circulatory system and slows healing, which degrades skin health and resiliency. Therefore, smokers may be more likely to have visible cellulite.
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Is prevention possible?

Reduction of cellulite with advanced treatment in PortlandIf you are woman, and your mother or other older female family members have cellulite, you are likely to develop it as well. Patients often ask if this unsightly problem can be stopped before it starts. The short answer to that question would be “no.” However, there are ways you may be able to reduce the appearance of cellulite or lower the odds of it developing.

It is believed that circulation plays a role in this problem. An active lifestyle helps keep the circulatory system strong. If your job involves extended periods of inactivity, then it is even more important to exercise regularly. Additionally, choose comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing. Some researchers believe that undergarments with tight elastic can restrict blood flow to the skin in the legs, potentially hastening cellulite development.

Treatment options for cellulite

This is an area of much research and development in aesthetic medicine. While great strides are being made in new technology, there is not yet a procedure for completely and permanently removing cellulite. However, that doesn’t mean you have to live with the embarrassing appearance of these lumpy bumpy areas. There are many excellent options for reducing the appearance of cellulite and smoothing the skin.

Body contouring procedures can help, because they melt away bulging pockets of fat. However, they do not address the tough fibers tethering skin to underlying muscle. We are excited to offer two of the most advanced cellulite treatments on the market, both of which have minimal downtime and long-lasting results:

  • Cellutone increases lymphatic flow and circulation, smoothing cellulite and other textural irregularities
  • Cellulaze targets fibrous tissues, releasing skin and lifting dimpled areas

Thrive is your one-stop wellness center, focusing on individualized treatments for a wide range of aesthetic solutions and much more. From cellulite reduction to hormone replacement, and much much more – you can count on the knowledgeable and caring professionals at Thrive. Please call us at (503) 928-6505 and schedule a consultation to find out how we can help you.

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