Do you have lumpy skin on your hips, buttocks, or thighs? This may be a sign of cellulite.
Do not worry, we have the solution, at the Tandra Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Center in Hurghada, thanks to the distinguished dermatologists.
Let's look at the causes of cellulite in the body, and what are its symptoms? and different methods of treatment.
What is cellulite?
This is the name given to the clumps of fat that build up under the connective tissues of the skin, making it look wrinkled or lumpy.
Also known as orange peel because of its texture.
It can affect both men and women, however women get it at a much higher rate than men.
This results from the different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue.
Cases of cellulite are very common, between 80% and 90% of all women who have gone through puberty, and about less than 10% of men.
It is classified as having three grades and includes the following:
The so-called mild stage, in which the marks appear between 1 and 4 superficial depressions in the skin and a slightly saggy appearance.
This condition is moderate, with 5 to 9 moderate depressions in the skin.
More than 10 depressions appear in the surface of the skin and it looks like it is heavily coated.
Causes of the appearance of cellulite in the body?
The main cause appears unknown, but it results from the interaction between the connective tissue that lies beneath the surface of the skin and the layer of fat just below it.
Fat cells and connective tissue in women are arranged vertically. If the cells appear larger, this is the reason for the appearance on the skin.
The tissues in men have a criss-cross structure, which explains why they are less likely to develop cellulite than women.
Its symptoms are often caused by some factors such as:
- Excessive accumulation of fat in the lower layers under the skin.
- Abnormal water retention.
- Sagging skin and aging.
- The breakdown of the collagen and elastin fibers supporting the skin due to the high consumption of sugar.
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risk factors for cellulite
There are some factors that lead to the appearance of signs of infection in the skin, and they are as follows:
- hormonal factors and age
Hormones play an important role in the development of cellulite, due to the different levels of estrogen, insulin, norepinephrine, thyroid hormones, andprolactin;
Some studies have demonstrated that as women's estrogen levels drop towards menopause, blood flow to connective tissue also decreases.
This reduces the amount of oxygen in this area, which reduces collagen production and increases fat cells.
All of these factors combine to make fat deposits more visible, and with age the skin becomes less elastic and more prone to sagging.
This eventually increases the chance of signs of cellulite appearing on the skin.
- Genetic factors
Genetic factors can be linked to a person's metabolic speed and subcutaneous fat distribution, as well as levels of circulation.
All of this affects the chance of developing cellulite.
- Diet and lifestyle factors
Signs of infection are most evident in people who eat a lot of fat, carbohydrates, salt, and little fiber.
It may also be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods.
Wearing underwear that narrows across the buttocks can restrict blood flow, which contributes to the appearance of cellulite.
It is more common in people who are overweight, but it can be affected by thin people.
It most often occurs after the age of 25, but it can also affect young adults, including teenagers.
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Cellulite and pregnancy
Pregnancy may make the appearance of cellulite worse for a while due to the weight a woman gains during pregnancy as a result of hormonal changes.
These signs disappear after you recover from labor and delivery with healthy eating and regular exercise.
Methods of Treatment
The dermatologists at the Freshness Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser in Hurghada use some modern techniques that can get rid of the annoying signs of cellulite.
These technologies include:
- Ultrasound therapy
A gel is placed on the affected skin, then the dermatologist uses a handheld device that transmits sound waves to the areas to be treated.
But you need several sessions to show the desired results.
- laser treatment
Laser treatment may improve the appearance of cellulite for a significant period, and involves inserting a very small laser probe under the skin.
The rays can then be released, breaking up the tissue, or increasing the thickness of the skin by stimulating collagen production.
Thicker skin may reduce the appearance of signs of cellulite.
Subcutaneous fat can be analyzed using a vacuum suction device that lifts tissue and contacts cooling plates.
Results appear gradually over two to three months.
This non-surgical procedure is completely safe as it causes the fat cells to rupture, and their contents to be absorbed by the body.
- Mesotherapy injection
- skin circumcision
This happens by placing a needle under the skin to break up clumps of connective tissue, and the results can last for two years or more.
- tissue editing
It uses a device with tiny blades that works to release delicate tissue by cutting the bands formed under the skin.
The tissue under these bands moves upward to fill the space under the skin, eliminating the appearance of cellulite.
Results in this technique may last for more than 3 years or longer.
- carboxy therapy
This treatment involves the introduction of carbon dioxide gas under the skin, and the side effects include some bruising, but it quickly disappears.
- Laser liposuction
The laser removes large amounts of subcutaneous fat.
- Ultrasound fat sculpting
This technique targets fat and works to destroy it.
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Other treatment methods
- Medicines and creams
Some creams and lotions that contain caffeine or 03.% . can retinol To contribute to getting rid of cellulite.
Caffeine increases blood flow to the affected area and acts as a diuretic, altering the water content of fat.
This contributes to reducing the appearance of signs of cellulite.
The use of retinol may cause allergic skin reactions and symptoms include: dryness, redness, and scaling.
- skin peeling
Dermatologists use aluminum oxide or salt crystals to exfoliate the skin.
These tiny particles gently exfoliate aging skin, stimulating new skin cells.
But you will need several times to treat.
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When can results be seen?
Results vary from person to person but generally appear as follows:
- Results may be seen in the case of acoustic wave therapy after 6 weeks.
- Mesotherapy injections may produce results as soon as one month after the first treatment.
- Retinol creams require at least six months of use before you see noticeable results.
- Signs of improvement appear within 3 days only in case of skin circumcision technique.
Ways to prevent cellulite
The dermatologists at Freshness Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser recommend that you follow some tips to reduce risks, including:
- Avoid processed foods that are high in carbohydrates, fats, and salts, as well as preservatives.
- Exercising regularly 30 minutes a day to maintain your health, as it helps to stimulate blood circulation.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet.
- Losing weight, which contributes to strengthening muscles, and improving the appearance of the skin.
- Quit Smoking.
Finally, if you suffer from annoying signs of cellulite, you can consult dermatologists at the Freshness Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser in Hurghada.