Are you bothered by excess cellulite, the dimpled skin around the thighs and hips caused by subcutaneous fat? You’re not alone! In fact, every woman has cellulite, even those who are young, slender, and healthy. If you see a model in a magazine whose skin looks smooth and radiant — don’t be fooled! She has cellulite, too. It has simply been photoshopped away, so don’t feel bad about it!
But if all women naturally have cellulite, can one get rid of it? And does diet have an effect?
A healthy diet makes cellulite less conspicuous.
The short answer: if you are your ideal body weight, if you eat well, and if you exercise regularly, then cellulite will become less conspicuous. It won’t disappear altogether, but it will show less. On the flipside, however, if you gain weight outside your ideal body weight, the more cellulite will show, especially in your thighs and buttock areas. In other words, a healthy diet can help reduce cellulite, but there is no permanent cure-all for the problem despite all the things you see on late night TV and the Internet.
Don’t be fooled by topical creams!
Because no woman likes seeing bumpy cellulite on her hips and thighs, a number of opportunists have developed topical creams touted to treat cellulite. Don’t be fooled by them! While topical creams can tighten the skin temporarily, they will not reduce the presence of cellulite. You’ll end up spending a lot of money with little to no result. When it comes to fending off cellulite, don’t waste your money on these creams.
Consider plastic surgery for selected cellulite treatments — i.e. buttocks and thighs depressions
While there is no magic wand to get rid of cellulite, reducing a woman’s body fat can also reduce the signs of cellulite. While for some women this may simply mean regular exercise and a healthy diet, other women struggle to achieve that healthy weight. These women may opt to try plastic surgery. Liposuction can improve one’s shape and contour. While it is not a weight-loss method nor a specific treatment for cellulite, and if properly performed liposuction can actually make cellulite less conspicuous.
Liposuction reduces cellulite by harvesting fat from one area of the body, thereby releasing the cellulite bands that cause the dimples and depressions, and adding fat to specific areas, especially in the buttock and thigh regions. This works, but it’s a meticulous surgical procedure of cellulite-deep dimple release and fat reinjection under this released area to restore the contour. Liposuction, along with diet and exercise, will return your body to its natural weight, boosting your confidence and overall physical well-being.
Recently, a new office technique (in some reasonable studies) called Cellfina has been shown to improve cellulite in both the short and long term as well.
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