The simple definition of Cellulite is it is a condition in which the skin becomes dimpled and lumpy in appearance. This bumpy, dimpled and shadowy appearance of skin occurs in the lower body trouble zone of body such as legs, thighs, hips and butt. Other words used for this skin body condition are cottage cheese skin, orange peel skin, the mattress phenomenon and hail damage. This is more common in female than male.

What Is Cellulite? Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Cellulite Formation Process

Hormones are one of the important contributors responsible for this condition. Insulin, estrogen, thyroid hormone and other related hormones can accelerate the formation of cellulite. According to expert there are four stages cellulite formation.

Stage 1:-

During this first stage there are several changes occur which can’t be viewed through naked eye. In this stage the changes involve worsening of the skin dermis while at same time the performance of blood vessels and capillaries which form a complex blood transport network throughout the skin also deteriorate. Likewise in the upper region of the dermis also start to lose some of its capillary network as well. The fat cells located in skin which are housed within the freestanding fat cell chambers start swelling with lipids. This fat cells swelling is substantial normally 2 to 3 time of the original size of the fat cells. In this first stage the clumping of the fat cells also begins.  Another thing happen is the fluid accumulation inside the tissue which is the result of the breakdown of the capillary system.  During this primary stage fat projection begins in the dermis and there is an increase Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which enables the tissues to retain excess of water than normal condition.

Stage 2:-

In this stage the dermal worsening process continues while the micro-circulatory system also keeps it up its deterioration. During this second stage the fat cells swelling and clumping is more noticeable, which cause pushing the much needed blood vessels further away. In this stage a gaps appear in the skin while at same time fluid accumulation continues so now we can see the orange peel skin.

Stage 3:-

In these two stages the microcirculatory system deterioration continues resulting in slow down of metabolism in the skin’s cells. Another bad thing happen is the drastic reduction if protein synthesis and repair process. These two factors are responsible for thinning of the skin layer. Another thing is the deposit of the protein around the fat cell clusters. At end of the stage three orange peel effects are visible on pinching the skin between finger and thumb.

Stage 4:-

In stage four hard nodules are visible in the skin on affected area. In this final cellulite formation stage the fat cell clumps enclosed in a hardened protein shell.

Cause of Cellulite

The exact cause of cellulite is unknown but according to dermatologists the actual cause of the cellulite is the breakdown in the connective fibers, but the reason behind this breakdown is the worsening of the skin’s blood microcirculatory system.  Due to swelling of the vein there is excess accumulation of water inside the tissue and some of other fluids as well. But the thing which creates a conducive environment for this retention of material amount of fluid is the poor blood circulation.  There are many reasons for this poor circulation such as nutrient deficiency, blocking of arteries, too much sitting in same position and lack of exercise.  This is the reason this condition happens in area where there is poor blood circulation.

Sime experts say that cellulite is the result of interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that just lies below skin’s surface and the next fat’s layer.

Cellulite Treatment

80 to 90% of women may experience this skin condition at some time in their lives. While the main the chances of this skin condition is very less. The reason for this difference between male and female is;

In women the connective tissues and fat cells are arranged vertically so there is a greater chance of interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer and fat layer.

In men the tissue has criss cross structure so there is less chance of interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer lies just beneath the skin and the layer of fat next to it.

Cellulite Treatment

There are different methods available for recovering from this skin condition but there is no proven method which works for all patients. Another problem with these different methods for dealing with cellulite is the lack of assurance in case of future nonoccurrence of the condition, as this condition can reoccur despite of the treatment and complete recovery.

If you are one of the nearly 90% of adult women fighting against the  dimpled and bulgy, lumps on your legs, thighs, arms, stomach, or behind, you’re clearly in good company. Cellulite is not an issue specific to people with some peculiar characteristics but anyone can become a prey of this unwanted situation. Another interesting thing about cellulite is that it is not an issue comes into existent because of your weight as there is large number of people have this situation despite of their thin and slim physique. So the question is how to get rid of these unwanted lumps?

  1. Cellulaze

This is the first way to treatment succeeded in getting FDA approval. This method of treatment is popular among cellulite patients. In this Cellulaze a small laser tube is inserted under a patient’s skin. The process works in simple way when the laser heats up it starts melting of the lumpy fat and also make soft the fiber bands of the connective tissue that hold them together. According to skin specialists Cellulaze works amazing in reducing the cellulite and some case it completely heals the situation. But the main drawback of this method is this process cost; the minimum cost of this way of healing cellulite is $6,000 which increases with increase of affected area.

  1. Zwave

This is another effective method for dealing with cellulite. This Zwave process of healing cellulite is recently approved by FDA. Zwave method of treating cellulite applies high energy radial shockwaves to the area affected by this condition. This shockwaves based method of improving this unwanted condition is only affective in case of mild to moderate cellulite. The affective of this Zwave treatment is that cellulite dimpled breaks apart and leads to a collapse in the gas bubbles within the fat structures. This 100% non-invasive treatment, radial pulse therapy” or RPT supports to remodel collagen and smooth cellulite and firm the skin with help of radial pulse technology. In simple words the RPT is brief and powerful but safe blasts of sonic energy through the skin’s surface. These controlled blasts are highly effective to break up some of the fibrous connective tissue that is the reason of this unwanted cellulite, leading to disrupt fat structures beneath the skin, and boost collagen production.

Z Wave is a solitary treatment can help to stimulate collagen product and reconditioning of the connective tissue which results in smoothing of cellulite and firming of loose skin on your thigs, legs, arms and other body parts.  This therapy just needs 20 to 30 minutes to perform. Your physician will place the Z Wave hand-piece on the skin on the affected area, and deliver the pulses of energy.  It is safe and painless you will just hear a loud bang sound with each pulse. After getting this treatment you can immediately return to your routine.

According experts of Z-wave for getting best results from this way to treating cellulite it is important to repeat the sessions. You will great improvements after 10 sessions and you can further enhance its efficacy by repeating it three times per week. It is less expensive than Cellulaze but also less effective also when compared to the results of Cellulaze. It can cost your $400 to $500 per treatment; the cost also depends on the size of the affected area.

  1. Subcision

It is a simple surgical technique uses for treatment of cellulite but subcision can be used in the treatment of all conditions where dermatological septa pull on the skin surface. In this method dermatological fibrous septa are cut; this both reduces the traction exerted on the skin and creates hematomas which in turn stimulate the formation of new connective tissue. Therefore, it acts as an autologous and physiologic filler.

Subcision is useful for treating stage 2 and stage 3 cellulitis. In these two stages the lesions are visible when the patient is in the standing position with relaxed gluteus muscle.

This minor surgical technique can be used for removing the depressions and dimples appear on skin because of cellulite and other skin conditions such as acne scarring on the face. This treatment can be used on all types of skin, helps to remove depth of dimples and depressions giving your skin a better look.

In this method a local anesthesia is applied to the affected area of your skin making the whole process painless. Then you physician will insert needle into skin of the cellulited area, with help of these needles your doctor will breaks up the bands of fibrous tissue responsible for this unwanted skin condition. This breaking of fibrous tissue enables the skin to heal properly; generating new cells to fill the gaps come into existence because of the breaking of that problematic fibrous tissue. On completion of process, compression bandages are applied and patients are usually able to drive home unaided.

  1. Liposuction

This is another method of treating cellulite. In this method your physician inserts a narrow tube under the skin in affected using tiny incisions and enables him/her to draws out fat cells from the cellulite.

According to expert liposuction is helpful in shaping your body but it wouldn’t remove or improve cellulite and sometime there is chance it would even worsen the appearance of your cellulite. However laser assisted liposuction is comparatively best; a newer and improved version of this treatment capable of destroying fat cells while lightening the skin.