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Cellulite Causes and Treatment

Cellulite Causes and Treatment

Summary: Come summertime, there is one thing that women dread and are self-conscious about: Cellulite. What is cellulite? What causes it? And what treatments are available to get rid of it?

Cellulite is a term for fat cells pushing up against connective tissue beneath the skin.

What is cellulite and what causes it?

Cellulite is a term for when fat creases under the skin, pushing up against connective tissue, which is why it looks so lumpy and unpleasant. Although it can appear in anyone’s body, it is more common and more visible in adolescent and adult women with light-colored skin.

Common causes for cellulite include:

  • Genetics: the more women in your family have it around their hips or thighs, the more likely you will have cellulite, too.
  • A poor diet: if you eat a lot of fatty foods, those fats will stack up and bulge out.
  • Lack of exercise: coupled with a bad diet, this can add to cellulite lumps.
  • Hormonal factors.
  • Color of your skin: lighter toned skin is more likely to show cellulite.
  • Dehydration.

How can it be treated?

Diet and exercise

Losing weight through proper diet, healthy eating, and physical training is probably the best treatment for reducing cellulite. Toning the muscles of your body can significantly improve the appearance of cellulite areas.

Laser treatment

Some devices use laser technologies to melt the fat beneath the skin and excite the production of collagen which gives the skin a firmer, tighter look.

Liposuction and laser liposuction

During this procedure, the surgeon removes fat cells from the body. Laser liposuction extracts destroys fat cells and tightens the skin at the same time.

Cellulite ointments

Applying topical creams on areas where cellulite is visible can reduce it. This, however, is a long-term treatment which gives results after approximately 6 months.

Author Info

Dr Nagi Safa

Dr Nagi Safa is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon (Weight-Loss Surgeon) at the Advanced BMI in Lebanon and at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Montreal. Furthermore, he is involved in the training of residents and surgical fellows on how to perform advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery. In 2010, he launched the Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Advanced BMI) in Lebanon, and has been helping hundreds of patients from all over the Middle-East through his expertise in obesity surgery. Education: Dr Safa completed his residency training at the University of Montreal General Surgery Program. He then performed a fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery), at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, which is the largest Weight Loss Surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. Experience: During his training, and throughout his practice, Dr Safa performed more than one thousand laparoscopic procedures, including Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric plication and many other abdominal surgery procedures. He has a particular interest in LaparoscopicRevisional Surgery including banding, bypass and sleeve. With a keen interest in the advancement of obesity surgery and newer minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr Safa gained experience in the single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and offers Single Incision gastric banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. Research: His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome X. Memberships: Dr Safa holds professional memberships with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association for Surgical Oncology, Quebec Medical Association, Trauma Association of Canada, Association Quebecoise de Chirurgie, International College of Surgeon, and the College des Medecins du Quebec.