Cellulite: a word that fills all of us with horror, embarrassment and can make anyone scurry off to find an item of clothing to hide beneath. Until now! Now, we have found a solution that’ll allow you to say goodbye to your rippled skin for good.
Cellulite is the term given to the build up of lumps and bumps on our skin. Other common names are orange-peel skin, cottage-cheese skin, hail damage and the mattress phenomenon. These seemingly small dimples have a huge effect on our confidence levels; on a ten-point scale, women with cellulite rated their appearance on average lower than women without cellulite.
However, you are not alone. Cellulite can affect both men and women, despite it being more common in females due to their different distributions of fat, muscle and connective tissue. Between 80 and 90 percent of women may experience cellulite at some point in their lives, and it is estimated that more than 85 percent of all women 21 years and older have cellulite.
The exact cause of cellulite is a mystery. Still, there is evidenced research that has found it to appear due to an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer, that lies below the surface of the skin, and the layer of fat that is just below.
For women, whose biological structure is different to men, the fat cells and connective tissue in this region are arranged vertically. When the fat cells interact with the layer of skin and protrude through, cellulite becomes visible on the surface. For men, their tissue is biologically arranged in a criss-cross structure. It is this pattern that is believed to reduce the chances of cellulite forming. Although, factors influencing the formation of our cellulite are not only limited to our biology.
Hormones are a critical factor in cellulite development. Oestrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process. One theory into the formation of cellulite is that as women approach their menopause, and their oestrogen levels decrease, the blood flow to their connective tissue also decreases. Less circulation means less oxygen is transported to certain regions of the body, resulting in reduced production of collagen.
Fat cells also increase in size when oestrogen levels fall. Reduced oestrogen levels and less collagen in the skin combine and result in more visible fat deposits. As these fat deposits protrude through the weakening connective tissue, due to the lack of collagen synthesis, the familiar dimpling texture of cellulite begins to appear.
Similarly, as we age, our skin loses its ability to sustain the same levels of collagen and elastin in our skin. Collagen makes up a third of all the natural protein in our bodies and provides our skin with its strength, elasticity and structure. Elastin has a similar role and is the protein which is the main component of elastic connective tissue. A decrease in the levels of both causes the skin to become thinner and more susceptible to the downward pull of gravity, resulting in the skin beginning to sag. With the skin now weaker and more vulnerable, cellulite is more likely to form and obtrude through.
Your diet and lifestyle choices can also influence any cellulite development. By opting for a healthy diet with regular exercise, you can reduce the risk of developing cellulite.
Cellulite is not caused by toxins in the skin from eating unhealthy foods, but there are proven links between unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles and the build-up of increased fat deposits. People who eat too much fat, carbohydrates and salt, and too little fibre in their diets are likely to have more considerable amounts of cellulite.
Similarly, this also means that cellulite is more common in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods. Smoking allows harmful toxins to build up in the blood vessels, reducing the supply of oxygenated blood to the upper layers of our skin. With narrower blood vessels and restricted blood circulation, the skin becomes dehydrated and damaged. In a weaker state, your skin is unable to kickstart its natural collagen into production and cellulite can begin to creep through.
When your diet is high in sugar, processed foods and saturated fats, your ageing process can be accelerated. This reduces your body’s collagen production, and your skin starts to become lax. This newfound laxity, combined with a calorific diet, provides cellulite with the perfect conditions to break through the surface of the skin.
Although cellulite is more prevalent in people who have excess fat, that doesn’t mean that by being fit and slim, you will avoid gaining cellulite completely. And, despite cellulite being more likely to occur past the age of 25, younger people, including teenagers, can be affected.
In the past, many would turn to liposuction to combat their cellulite. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure which is used to remove any unwanted fat from the body. Areas of fat that are hard to lose through healthy eating and exercising can be sucked out by liposuction. Common areas where this stubborn fat would collect would be the buttocks, hips, thighs and stomach.
However, this procedure would often make cellulite worse. By simply removing more fat from the body, the skin left behind would look more wrinkled and could sag down further. For some, liposuction is the answer, especially if it is being used to combat lymphedema, a long-term condition that causes swelling on the arms and legs or lipedema, an abnormal build-up of fat in the legs, buttocks and thighs.
However, if you’re thinking of having liposuction for cosmetic reasons, think very carefully before you go ahead. The best thing for you to do is to speak to your GP and check that cosmetic surgery is right for you.
Instead of going under the knife, why not consider a minimally-invasive treatment? A Body Thread Lift is a revolutionary aesthetic skin rejuvenation treatment that promises to reverse the signs of cellulite, restore youthful definition and showcase incredible lifting effects. Thread lift treatments achieve the same, if not better, results than surgical lifting procedures, without the risks or the recovery time.
Body thread lifts do not require general anaesthetic or weeks of rest and recuperation; instead, you are able to go home and watch as your troublesome areas tighten up and become cellulite-free! And the good news is that body thread lifts at Thread Lift Experts are ideal for anyone over 30, whatever their gender.
Here at Thread Lift Experts, we have a range of thread lift treatments on offer, and therefore it can be confusing choosing which treatment is best for you. For all of our treatments, we use PDO (Polydioxanone) threads. PDO is a biodegradable synthetic polymer that is great for non-surgical face and neck lifts, as well as facial rejuvenation and wrinkle-reducing treatments.
PDO threads have been used in medicine for over 25 years, and have previously been used in heart surgeries. Our dissolvable PDO threads help provide the best tension when pulling back sagging skin, treating cellulite and stretch marks. They also work equally as well on the skin found on the stomach, buttocks, back, inner thighs and upper arms.
During a body thread lift, PDO surgical-threads help to relax the muscles and tendons, while additionally stimulating the production of new collagen in the skin. Moreover, once inserted into the body, PDO threads can help accelerate lymphatic drainage, as well as stimulate the production of elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin; both vital for maintaining youthful-looking skin.
If you want to say goodbye to your cellulite and would like to find out more about us here at Thread Lift Experts, contact us on 0151 2031393 or through our website. We would be more than happy to invite you in for a consultation at one of our clinics so that we can discuss the thread lift treatments that’ll suit your skin’s needs.