What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is skin dimpling, or an “orange-peel” appearance, that appears mainly on the buttocks, back of the thighs and abdomen.
What are the risk factors?
Genetics and gender
Many healthy and active women report that despite a good diet and activity, cellulite still occurs.
Women are more prone to cellulite for 2 reasons:
1) Genetically, women have a higher percentage of body fat
2) Structurally, women have finer connective cords in a vertical pattern while men have thicker cords that form a crisscross pattern to better keep the fat in place
High estrogen (female hormone), hence cellulite may seem more prominent during puberty and pregnancy
High cortisol and catecholamines (stress hormones)
Diet - Excess sugars, alcohol and processed foods consumption
High stress - High stress and late nights induce stress hormones to surge
Activity - Lack of exercise, sitting/standing in one position for prolonged periods, smoking
Which non-invasive anti-cellulite treatments work?
When the cellulite bulges don’t budge with a healthy diet and a regular workout routine, consider these treatments at IYAC.
Acoustic wave therapy
The X Wave™ uses sound waves to induce vibrations within the body to:
- Break up the fat lobules and fibrous connective cords under the skin, releasing the puckers and dimples
- Improve blood circulation for quicker elimination of toxins and waste
- Stimulate collagen and tone the muscles
A series of 6-10 treatments done twice a week will result in a firmer and smoother looking appearance of the treated areas.
Commonly treated areas include the abdomen, waist, inner or outer thighs, buttocks and upper arms.
With cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting® or Clatuu Alpha), the fat below the skin is reduced with freezing. Cryolipolysis targets unwanted bulges, with gradual results over 1-2 months. At IYAC, cryolipolysis is combined with X-Wave where possible, for bigger results.
For more information on slimming treatments, click on Slimming Circuit.
More importantly, to get to the root of cellulite, it is essential to strengthen the connective cords in day-to-day life.
Food is a powerful tool against cellulite. A good, healthy diet that reduces fat will help to minimize its appearance. Avoid sugars and alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, dairy and soy. Instead, an anti-cellulite diet should incorporate fresh foods that are high in antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables and balanced in essential nutrients and fatty acids.
Exercise helps to burn fat and improves blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, reducing cellulite’s dimpled effect. Instead of focusing solely on cardio activities, engage in muscle toning exercises, such as Pilates and yoga, swimming and even stair climbing.
Early nights and De-stress
According to a review published in the Journal of European Academy of Dermatology, stress contributes to cellulite formation. In the “fight or flight” response during stress, our body releases stress hormones (cortisol and catecholamines) and this encourages the body to store fats in the face of a supposed “threat”. The greater the fat storage, the greater the risk of cellulite. Hence, even fairly slim women who eat and exercise well but are stressed may also struggle with cellulite. Try meditation, yoga or forest-bathing to destress.
Also, being asleep between the hours of 10 pm to 2 am each night can help to reset and recharge the body, allowing the body to enter its fat-burning, and not fat-storing, mode.
There are no topicals that can cure cellulite, but various creams do have some short-lived effects on improving the appearance of cellulite, by tightening the skin, improving the blood flow or reducing water retention in the affected area. Try creams that contain retinol, AHAs or caffeine.
There are no quick-fixes to cellulite. Working towards your general well-being while using machines to target the unsightly bulges may be your best bet to lightening that cellulite load.