Cellulite can affect one’s self-esteem in how good they feel about themselves and confidence in their body. But it’s not only an issue that’s relevant towards the female population; men can be affected too!
It is undeniable that cellulite is more common in women than men, and this is due
to the way fat cells, connective tissues and muscles are differently distributed in women’s and men’s skin. Nonetheless, everyone is still susceptible to cellulite and we will explore more on this condition.
What is Cellulite?
The “cottage cheese” like appearance that develops on the skin is commonly referred to as cellulite or edematous fibrosclerotic panniculopathy (EFP). Because of its texture, it is also known as the “orange peel”. A severity scale is used to grade its condition: mild, moderate, or severe.
Cellulite can be present in different areas of the body. The common areas are on hips, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. Fat deposits for men usually accumulate in the abdominal and stomach area. This is the reason why the stomach and waist are the most noticeable when they gain weight.
Cellulite happens as a result of fat deposits pushing through the connective tissues beneath the skin. Collagen fibers, connective tissues and fat cells in women and men differ in structure. Women’s are arranged vertically similar to a picket fence while men’s lean towards a cross-linked fence. Due to the cross-linked structure, this makes holding fat in better and explains why men are less likely to have cellulite as compared to women.
There are also several factors that contribute to the development of cellulite including lifestyle, clothing choices, heredity, body fat distribution, skin type, and age.
Can it be treated?
This approach is also referred to as CoolSculpting. It is non-invasive and requires cooling of the body fat to remove them. This is usually applied to those who require small amounts of body fat to be removed (body shaping). Fat removal help address cellulite issues too. Results can be seen after several months of treatment.
There are several kinds of laser treatments to choose from. One method is Cellulaze™. It is invasive and requires that a tiny laser fiber be inserted beneath your skin. The aim is to break up the bands under the skin that form the cellulite. As a result, the skin becomes thicker which reduces the appearance of cellulite.
Massages are not only for pain relief or de-stressing, it is also used to target cellulites. The effective massage helps to promote circulation in the skin layers, redistribute fat cells in cellulite to spread more evenly, and improve lymphatic drainage. Besides reducing the appearance of cellulite, it can also help you achieve a firmer and even-toned skin.