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What Causes Cellulite?

Posted Mar 19, 2014 by Stephen Greenberg, MD

Manhattan Cellulite TreatmentAre you sick and tired of those stubborn pockets of dimpled fat that just don’t seem to go away no matter how many miles you run or salads you consume? If so, you are not alone. A vast majority of the population - namely women - is also dealing with thighs that resemble an orange peel or cottage cheese, a condition more formally referred to as cellulite.

Cellulite is a condition in which the connective tissues that separate fat cells and connect them to the skin just under the skin’s surface become stiff, causing the surrounding fat to be pushed to the surface, and thus creating the dimpled, lumpy appearance that frustrates so many Manhattan patients.

Unfortunately, cellulite is a more common occurrence in women than men. This is due to the fact that fat fibers in women are shaped in a honeycomb pattern, making it so that any increase in fat tends to bulge at the skin’s surface. Men’s fat fibers form in a horizontal, crisscross pattern that limit any bulging or dimpling in the skin.

Cellulite Causes

So what is the culprit behind this annoying eyesore? While the precise causes are not yet well understood, there are a few clearly defined theories as to what causes unsightly lumps and bumps, some that you simply cannot control, and some that you absolutely can.

  • Genetics: Sometimes, simply good old genes passed down from your parents and grandparents are to blame since some people are more genetically predisposed to certain characteristics associated with cellulite development, such as race, metabolism, poor circulation, and uneven distribution of fat.
  • Hormones: Prolactin, insulin, noradrenaline, estrogen, and hormones associated with the thyroid are believed to be influential in cellulite production.
  • Diet: Consuming foods that are high in fat, carbohydrates, and sodium, or conversely, foods that are low in fiber, can all contribute to cellulite.
  • Clothing: Wearing undergarments that are tight fitting and restrict healthy blood flow may contribute to cellulite formation.
  • Lifestyle: Cellulite is typically more prevalent in people who smoke, don’t exercise, and who are overall sedentary.

Preventing and Treating Cellulite

You can help treat and even prevent cellulite all together, no matter how poor your genetics, with a few simple lifestyle tweaks such as eating well, exercising regularly, and learning how to effectively reduce stress.

If natural techniques do not yield the results you desire, you may want to consider undergoing plastic surgery to treat your cellulite. While various options are currently available on the market, many are invasive and require extensive recovery time.  However, a breakthrough procedure known as Cellulaze provides maximum results with minimal invasiveness and downtime. It works by attacking the fibrous bands beneath the skin while increasing the skin’s natural thickness to provide a smoother and healthier surface.

Learn More about Cellulite Causes

You no longer have to resign yourself to the fact that you will always have pesky cellulite, regardless of how fit and healthy you are. A shapely and smooth physique are within reach, and you deserve to feel your most confident and beautiful. Learn more about what causes cellulite, how you can help prevent it, and also how you can effectively combat it. Contact Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg for a free consultation to learn more about how you can achieve your dream figure today.

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