Cellulite is a common and normal part of life, and most women will have at least a few lumps and bumps on their legs. There’s no shame in that game!
But if you do find yourself wanting to reduce the appearance of cellulite, there are a number of tips and treatments out there to help. Here at Araya Beauty Clinic, we’ve seen great results from a range of different treatments, from simple home remedies to more intensive clinical procedures. Here’s what we’ve learned about cellulite and how to treat it.
WHAT IS CELLULITE?
Cellulite is the uneven, lumpy, or dimpled skin that we often see on our hips, thighs, and bums. It’s caused by a buildup of fat deposits below the skin which push unevenly through a layer of connective tissue to create a dimpled effect on the skin surface. Cellulite has that soft bumpy texture that’s sometimes referred to as “orange peel skin”.
Women are more likely to get cellulite than men thanks to the different distribution of fat, connective tissue, and muscle in female bodies compared to male bodies. Cellulite is an aesthetic concern for many people who prefer having smooth and taut skin, but it’s not harmful or dangerous.
CAUSES OF CELLULITE
Cellulite is caused by an accumulation of fat under the skin. In women, fat cells sit below a layer of collagen fibres (connective tissue bands) that are directly underneath the skin. The fibrous bands of connective tissue separate the fat into uneven pockets, which in turn creates that dimpled skin appearance. Male bodies have a different distribution of fat and connective tissue that makes cellulite less common in men.
Aside from gender, the other main factors that affect the appearance of cellulite include:
- Age: our skin loses elasticity and becomes thinner as we get older, enhancing the appearance of cellulite.
- Hormones: estrogen, insulin, and thyroid hormones are involved in the cellulite production process, so conditions like menopause and diabetes can be risk factors for cellulite.
- Genetics: cellulite is connected to our metabolism, circulation, and skin type which can all be affected by genes.
- Diet: a poorly-balanced diet high in saturated fats and sugars may lead to more cellulite.
- Weight gain: gaining weight can cause more fat to accumulate under the skin, causing cellulite.
- Pregnancy: this combination of hormonal changes and weight gain can lead to more cellulite.
Natural Treatments for Cellulite
Here are some ways that you can manage the treatment of cellulite from home:
Diet & Exercise
Since cellulite is caused by the natural buildup of fat, a healthy diet and exercise routine will go a long way in managing it. If you’ve found that your cellulite has appeared or gotten worse since a recent weight gain and you want to get rid of it, a gentle weight loss program can help. Regular exercise is important because it will strengthen the muscles below your skin, which can in turn make your skin appear smoother and tauter. Choose cardio and weights workouts that work the thighs and bum for the best results for your cellulite.
One of the best topical treatments for cellulite is retinol, a derivative of vitamin A that helps thicken and firm the outer layer of your skin. Retinol boosts your collagen and elastin production, improves circulation, and removes dead skin cells. Applying retinol every day will help tighten and improve skin texture, reducing the appearance of cellulite over the course of a few months.
Massage & Scrubs
Improving the circulation and lymphatic drainage in those dimpled zones can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. A massage treatment can be very effective at increasing blood flow, reducing fluid buildup, and redistributing fat cells for a smoother and more toned look. You can regularly massage the affected areas at home in a circular motion, combining this with a body scrub or a brush for maximum impact.
If you’d like to visit a professional, we would recommend our body exfoliation massage as part of your cellulite treatment plan. This relaxing massage improves blood circulation, stimulates lymph flow, and removes toxins for a smoother and softer skin texture.
We also offer deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, aromatherapy massage, and much more to help you relax and get your body feeling its best.
Clinical Anti-Cellulite Treatments
There are also a number of aesthetic treatment options that can help eliminate cellulite. Here are a few of our tried-and-tested favourites here at Araya Beauty Clinic:
HIFU, or High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, is a lifting and firming treatment for your skin. It’s available as an anti-ageing facial treatment, but it’s also one of our best and most effective cellulite reduction treatments. It can be targeted to any problem areas of skin, like the inner or outer thighs, abdomen, or bingo wings.
HIFU is an ultrasound laser treatment that uses IPL, electrical (radio frequency) and laser energy to penetrate deep into the dermis, the lowest layer of skin where fat deposits are found and structural skin damage tends to start from. The energy created stimulates your cells to produce more collagen and rejuvenate your skin tissue.
This is a non-invasive, painless treatment that works in just one session. By dissipating fat deposits, boosting circulation, and tightening your skin, HIFU is very effective at reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Book HIFU at Araya Beauty to try it for yourself!
Aqualyx is another option that can help reduce cellulite on any part of your body. Aqualyx is an injectable treatment that dissolves fat cells, reducing stubborn pockets of fat around the body including areas ridden with cellulite. Unlike liposuction, these injections also help you achieve firmer skin. This helps reduce instances of loose skin and can help tone up the areas where cellulite occurs.
Aqualyx injections are made with deoxycholic acid, a natural ingredient that breaks down cell membranes and dissolves fat tissue, enabling your body to eliminate fatty acids naturally. It’s a safe, minimally invasive treatment plan that will help you see a reduction in cellulite. It has minimal adverse effects, but there may be some slight bruising and swelling for a few days after treatment. For best results, our practitioners may recommend between 2 and 8 sessions depending on the size of the area you want to treat.
Book an Aqualyx consultation to find out more.
Talk to an Expert
If you’re keen to get rid of cellulite with something a little more powerful than the typical home remedies, talk to our experienced team of aestheticians at Araya Beauty Clinic. Take advantage of our knowledge and experience to find the right treatment plan for you. It may be a combination of natural remedies and clinical treatments, whatever the path is, we can find it together.