What Causes Cellulite: A Simplified Breakdown

There are a lot of myths online about cellulite; what it is, what causes it and how to prevent/treat it. It can be hard to sift through the masses of information without being misled or finding contradictions. Here is a comprehensive breakdown of everything we know;

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is the name for the dimpled, lumpy-looking skin that mainly develops in the hips, thighs, legs or buttocks. Despite it not actually being classed as a medical condition, around 80-90% of women past puberty will develop it at some point. It has some other not so attractive sounding names such as; orange-peel skin and cottage cheese skin.

What Causes Cellulite?

In females there is a very superficial layer of fat just under the skin. The fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically so when the fat increases, it pushes the skin forward. While the fibrous strands in the dermal layer become twisted and shorter over time, they pull the skin down, producing the visible dimples.

As these fatty compartments increase in pressure within, they decrease the ability of the lymphatic systems to drain away lymph fluid – a fluid made up of white blood cells. This fluid then adds to the swelling in the area, decreasing circulation. It’s a vicious cycle of bodily function.

What Treatments are Available?

There are a lot of treatments available to help fight against the signs of cellulite, some more legitimate than others. There are the classic myths such as; coffee scrubs and dry brushing, which aren’t proven to help at all. More legitimate ones involve; weight loss, healthy living, and improving your body’s circulation. A lot of people seek invasive methods of removing their cellulite such as laser treatments, liposuction and epidermal injections, although there isn’t a lot of evidence to prove these are especially effective.

Here at BTL Unison, we skip all the myths and invasive procedures, so we can get straight to helping you. The Unison Treatment is a combined cellulite reduction solution. It employs the clinically proven technologies of radio frequency and targeted pressure energy combined to address all the possible causes for your cellulite, and visibly reduce the signs.

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