Cellulite refers to deposits of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue, which gives a dimpled appearance to the skin surface. It is often most noticeable on buttocks and thighs, however it can also appear in other areas of the body. Cellulite is assessed by symptoms and graded accordingly:
- Grade 1: No visible clinical symptoms, but there are anatomical changes seen under the microscope.
- Grade 2: The skin shows paleness, lower temperature, and decreased elasticity after compression or muscular contraction. There is no visible roughness to the skin. Additional anatomical changes are detected by microscopic examination.
- Grade 3: Visible “orange peel” roughness to the skin is visible at rest. Thin granulations in the deep levels of the skin can be detected by palpitation. All Grade 2 signs are present, with further anatomical changes, detectable under the microscope.
- Grade 4: All Grade 3 symptoms are present, with more visible, palpable, and painful lumps present which adhere to deep structures in the skin.
Causes of Cellulite
Several factors are believed to play a part in the formation of cellulite, and contrary to popular belief, it has no direct connection with being overweight. These factors include:
- Hormonal Factors
- Lifestyle choices
- Tight clothing
To help prevent cellulite try to cut down on the following:
- Refined and processed foods and artificial foods that contain sweeteners
- Additives and chemicals
- Dairy and high fat products
Sugar and high sugar products
Cellulite cannot ever be completely eradicated, but non- invasive treatments are available at Beauty and Curves that will minimize its appearance and visibility effectively. After a consultation with one of our doctors, the appropriate treatment will be recommended and discussed with you in detail. Some of the treatments we offer for cellulite are:
Therapy involves injecting tiny amounts of Carbon dioxide (CO2) beneath the skin to break down fatty deposits and stimulate collagen production. After a treatment the gas is totally reabsorbed within 5 minutes and the treated area will raise, turn slightly red as oxygen perfused into the area which undergoes an inflammatory response which stimulates collagen production. Find out more >>
Injection Lipolysis uses a substance called Phosphatidylcholine (PPC), which is injected into the targeted areas of the body to eliminate fat build-up. PPC helps to destroy the walls of the fat cells, without affecting other cells of the body. This in turn allows for the releasing of the fat, which is then metabolised by the body in a natural way. Find out more >>