An issue that demands answers – CELLULITE

An issue that demands answers – CELLULITE

There are many uncertainties surrounding condition known as “cellulite”. What it really is and how to know, whether I have it? Does it have to be treated or left in peace? Is it a marketing trick, created by cosmetic manufacturers, or rather something worthy of medical attention? However, there is one factor everyone agrees on – cellulites unattractiveness.

Cellulite – it is normal

The word “cellulite” nowadays is used to describe bumpy, wrinkled skin on the bottom and the back and sides of the thighs for both slender and obese women. In order to describe its appearance, comparison with orange peel is often used. However, it is best to describe cellulite as a normal physiological condition affecting adult women.

Why are women the unlucky ones, instead of men? Turns out that cellulite is a side-effect of body’s focus on maximizing the accumulation of adipose tissue in order to ensure a sufficient amount of energetic substrate during pregnancy and lactation. Almost all women as long as they do not suffer from cachexia or similar syndromes, do have cellulite.

Where does it come from?

“Cellulite” is a complex phenomenon that includes changes in metabolism and the endocrine system, affecting adipose tissue and microcirculation. It is important to perceive the organism as a whole, to assess its functioning and especially cleansing abilities (venous and lymphatic system, digestion, liver and kidneys).

On tissue level cellulite can be viewed as a result of localized adipose tissue accumulation and subcutaneous edema. In women subcutaneous fasciae – dense sheets of connective tissue – are oriented longitudinally and extend from the dermis to the deep fasciae. Fasciae serve as fibrous walls, which enfold fat cells (1). Perpendicularly sided and to the deeper tissue anchored fasciae stay in place even when the volume or numbers of fat cells increase, manifesting as a bumpy appearance (2).

Celulits angliski

Another reason, why cellulite is rarely seen in men, is the fact that connective tissue structure is gender based. In men connective tissue generally are arranged not vertically, but transversely.

Errors made in “fight” against cellulite

  • As in any fight, you must know your enemy. It means that before the start of anti-cellulite procedures, you must first determine the type and degree of cellulite, because each of them requires a different tactic.

Some examples:edematous cellulite,

  • edematous cellulite,
  • adipose cellulite,
  • interstitial cellulite,
  • fibrous cellulite.
  • It is crucial to determine, whether you are dealing with cellulite or obesity. Although these processes are able to exist in parallel, they do have significant differences.

Local obesity is a simple accumulation of fat tissue in the free space.

By contrast, in the case of cellulite there are changes in the subcutaneous connective tissue structure, and it is certainly not a mere accumulation of fat.

Confusing both processes is quite widespread, misleading women to try even the most drastic weight loss methods after the first signs of cellulite. Unfortunately, focusing on weight reduction diet, especially if it does not contain all the necessary nutrients, causes adverse effects: tissues lose structure and different locations are reduced irregularly. After such “therapeutic” techniques muscle tone and tissue structures often cannot be repaired.

In fact, in the case of cellulite all our efforts should be aimed to tissue nutrition and tone restoration, as well to controlling metabolic and endocrine changes in order to avoid any irreversible damage.

What to do?

Finding the right solution on your one can be hard, so it is best to seek help of specialist, because only he will be able to pinpoint the exact problem, make an appropriate procedure plan and provide recommendations on diet and physical activities. GMT BEAUTY diagnostic system is simple and convenient to use. Further information about the practical application of these methods will follow.

Tereze Belkova, GMT BEAUTY trainer

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