Last updated on Sep 11th, 2020 at 10:30 am

Cellulite affects between 80-90 percent of women worldwide. Known as the ‘cottage cheese’ or ‘orange peel’ effect, it is most common around the thighs, buttocks and triceps…

Despite the fact that almost all women have some sort of cellulite deposit on their bodies, combatting the appearance of cellulite was a large focus of the beauty industry over the past few decades. The negative message around cellulite made many women feel very self-conscious and embarrassed about their curves.

However, a more balanced message on body positivity has started to build momentum recently. The message is clear; let’s celebrate women for their own choices about their bodies. Whether they choose to flaunt their cellulite, or seek ways to reduce its appearance, there shouldn’t be any judgement either way.

Most women have cellulite deposits on their hips, thighs, abdomen, buttocks and breasts.

Why do more women have cellulite than men?

Women have a different distribution of fat, muscle and connective tissue in certain areas of their bodies. Genetics can play a role in the amount of cellulite a woman has, as well as age, loss of collagen, and body fat percentage.

Other factors that can affect the amount of cellulite a woman has include: hormones (a decrease in oestrogen), a poor diet and inactive lifestyle, accumulated toxins, and obesity.

According to the Scientific American, most women start to see the appearance of cellulite when they are between the ages of 25-35. As women age, oestrogen starts to decrease and this impacts on circulation. A decrease in circulation affects the health of cells and the production of collagen which keeps skin strong and elastic.

Non-surgical body-contouring procedures
Non-surgical body-contouring procedures

4 Top tips to help combat the appearance of cellulite on your legs and hips

1.     Eat a healthy, balanced diet with lots of antioxidants

Toxins from an unhealthy diet and lifestyle can reduce blood circulation and your skin’s elasticity and increase the appearance of cellulite. Make sure you eat a health, balanced diet and include brightly coloured fruit and vegetables that are high in antioxidants. Don’t forget to stay HYDRATED too. Water helps flush out toxins from your body, so make sure you’re drinking at least 8 glasses of liquid a day.

2.     Get active

Not only does exercise help to increase strength and fitness, it also helps decrease the orange-peel cellulite effect in the areas which matter most – our legs!

Squats, lunges, and glute bridges have been shown to be effective in defining the muscles in problem areas, and helping to smooth out the appearance of dimpled skin.

3.     Quit smoking

Besides the increased risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and immune system issues, smoking damages your skin. Smoking causes vascular constriction, reducing the availability of oxygen to cells, and aging your skin prematurely. The decrease in collagen and ‘thinner’ skin makes the cellulite underneath it stand out much more.

4.      Investigate a non-surgical body-contouring procedure

According to the Renewal Institute, body contouring procedures help to help firm-up, shape up and assist in reducing unwanted rolls, bumps and folds on the body. It is also referred to as non-surgical fat reduction or body shaping. Body contouring procedures target stubborn areas of fatty deposits and tighten up areas of loose or sagging skin.

Different procedures target different areas of the body, from cellulite on the legs to fatty deposits on the arm flaps, and on the belly.

The treatments available at the Renewal Institute include:

  • Cryo Fat Freezing (also known as cryolipo or cryolipolysis) – The Renewal Institute uses the Cocoon Cooltech Fat Freezing medical device. This procedure targets the lower abdomen, the flanks, love handles, saddlebags, bra bulges, back fat, inner thighs, man-boobs or flabby knees are the most commonly treated areas.
  • Radiofrequency (RF) – with the options of Exilis Elite, Titania, Lavatron, Velashape and Accent. Using these methods, the Institute can treat not only the skin surface (epidermis) but also the middle skin layer (dermis – responsible for skin tightening), the deepest skin layer (hypodermis – where our cellulite is formed) and even the subcutaneous fat deposits below the skin itself.
  • Carboxytherapy For cellulite reduction, medical grade carbondioxide is introduced deep alongside the lymphatic system of the upper and lower leg to improve lymphatic drainage and circulation. Toxins which contribute to the orange peel effect are removed and collagen is stimulated. This all leads to improved texture and appearance of the cellulite.
  • Injection lipolysis or injection mesotherapy with lipolytic ingredients – Using this technique, active ingredients that are highly beneficial to the skin can be directly injected into the areas they are most needed. Similarly, active ingredients that are able to break down fat and can be injected directly to the problem area by means of mesotherapy.
  • Low-level Laser Lipolysis (also known as iLipo or Cold Laser Lipolysis) – This low dose of light targets the adipose (fat) cells in the treatment area, creating a cascade of chemical reactions inside the cells that open transitory pores in the cell membrane and convert the contained triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol. These molecules can then easily pass through the pores in the cell wall to be taken up and transported by the body’s lymphatic system for metabolism into energy during the subsequent recommended post-treatment exercise.

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