Cellulite, that unsightly wave of dimpled skin that sits just below your butt cheek.
Why is it so difficult to treat?
The reason is, that most of what is known about cellulite is wrong, and simply repetition of errors of the past.
Sorry to disappoint you, but despite popular belief, cellulite has nothing to do with any of the following theories:
- Fluid retention
- Lack of exercise
- Poor circulation
- Contraceptive pill
- Hormone replacement therapy
Even if it gets me labelled as a HERETIC and BURNED at the STAKE, I want to dispel these dimple dashing myths, once and for all!
SO WHAT IS CELLULITE?
Frustratingly in my industry, I find even my fellow colleagues refer to cellulite as adipose or fat tissue.
This is due to misinformation, it is actually a disorder of the connective tissue, affecting type I collagen that begins with the onset of the menstrual cycle.
Type I collagen is the most prevalent protein found in our body, I liken it to our internal scaffolding, a non-bony structural tissue found throughout the whole body.
It is this type I collagen that accounts for many female disorders, which is driven by the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone.
This is a CRITICAL CONCEPT to UNDERSTAND, and if by chance you find it difficult to get your head around, ask yourself why is it that men don’t get cellulite.
CLINICAL GRADES OF CELLULITE
This is characterised by smooth perfect skin, without any dimpling on standing or lying down.
Deterioration of the skin starts, as the integrity of the blood vessels and capillaries that create a complex transport network throughout out skin slowly begin to breakdown.
The skin becomes pale with decreased elasticity as dermal deterioration continues; the temperature of the skin is also cool to the touch, which is due to the decline of the micro-circulatory system.
Clumping in localised areas becomes apparent, and with grade two cellulite you start to see a dimpled appearance on standing, but when lying down this disappears.
During this stage it is not uncommon for gaps to start appearing in the dermis, which is a result of the normal inflammatory process.
This is where skin dimples on standing and lying down and when pinched it gets worse, and the orange peel effect is now very visible.
The build-up of fluids and toxins continues to accumulate, as the metabolism in the skins cells begins to decline.
Both the protein synthesis and the repair process are drastically reduced, which contributes to the thinning of the dermal layer.
By now hard protein deposits begin to form visible nodules, which appear as obvious wave like structures on the surface of the skin.
THE ANATOMY OF CELLULITE
Ever wondered why it is, that your dimple dashing buttocks and thighs are the only areas that show cellulite?
Well this is where nature cleverly makes our body store nutritional fat for infants during pregnancy, this fat is very stubborn and not easily mobilised, making it difficult to remove.
Why is this fat so difficult to mobilise? There are only two layers of fat found within the body:
- Superficial layer
- Deeper layer.
These layers are kept separated by connective tissue, known as fascia.
Fat in both of these layers is stored in compartments; these are similar in structure to eggs in egg boxes.
Each compartment is separated by fibrous bands of tissue known as trabeculae, which run vertically under the dermis.
Overtime these bands of collagen and connective tissue contract and harden, making the skin become inflexible and weak.
These bands break down releasing globules of fat, which are the cause and the appearance of cellulite.
Often these fat cells expand to such an extent, causing the collagen fibres around them to bend, which makes sense when you think of the wavy, dimpled structure of cellulite.
It is why the surface of the skin dimples and puckers, thus creating the ORANGE PEEL effect that we associate with cellulite.
So as you can see, it has nothing to do with poor circulation, water-retention, or a build-up of toxins in the system, and everything to do the menstrual cycle.
Seems like us ladies get a bad deal, and sadly that even extends to cellulite..
IF YOU HAVE HAD EXPERIENCE WITH CELLULITE, OR EVEN BEEN ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY TREAT IT, PLEASE DROP ME A LINE I’D LOVE TO HERE FROM YOU.