How Do I Get Rid of Cellulite?

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 12:09 PM

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Studies show that about 80% of women in the U.S. younger than 50 have experienced cellulite. But, before you decide to go for surgical removal of excess fat or buy an anti-cellulite cream or lotion, take a closer look at different ways that can help you get rid of cellulite.

Cellulite refers to a change in the appearance of skin, especially in the pelvic area, thighs, and hips. Cellulite is a result of bulging fat cells that stretch the skin layer to resemble an unattractive dimpled or “cottage cheese” type of skin surface. Cellulite is more prevalent among women because of their inherent tendency to accumulate excess fat in their hips and thighs. Cellulite treatment ranges from anticellulite cosmetic treatments, cellulite creams, laser cellulite treatments, and surgical treatments to cellulite specific diets and exercises.

Let us consider some common ways to get rid of cellulite and their efficacy.

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Anticellulite creams: Many anticellulite creams are available over the counter or through the Internet. These creams help you get rid of cellulite, due to their vaso-constriction properties to smooth the skin surface and stimulate blood circulation. Anticellulite creams work only as a quick-fix solution and usually contain retinol or vitamin A derivatives, aminophylline, caffeine, and alphahydoxy acids.

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Liposuction: A surgical procedure of removing excess fat by vacuum, liposuction helps get rid of cellulite. The expense involved with the surgery is quite high, but even then, results are not guaranteed. Liposuction is typically suggested in conjunction with other mechanical cellulite treatments and diet therapy.

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Mechanical cellulite treatment: Anticellulite rollers and suction are used to exert pressure on the cellulite-prone sites. Massaging helps to break down fat cells and improve blood flow. Laser cellulite treatments get rid of cellulite by liquefying the fats, increasing the cell permeability, and stimulating the production of proteins like collagen in the skin tissue. This process helps reduce the appearance of dimples or nodules on the skin, but the results may be temporary.

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Cellulite diet: Cellulite might have a genetic cause, but being overweight puts you at a greater risk for developing cellulite. Reducing weight through correct dietary alterations helps. Cutting down on saturated and trans-fatty acids and increasing the consumption of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans helps to get rid of excess fat and improve the appearance of cellulite.
 
5. Cellulite exercise: Specific strength-building exercises, especially those focused on the lower body and with a higher number of repetitions, help improve muscle mass, reduce fat deposition, and get rid of cellulite.

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