- The causes of cellulite are poorly understood, and several changes in metabolism or physiology may cause cellulite or contribute to cellulite.
- Among these are a disorder of water metabolism, abnormal hyperpolymerization of the connective tissue and chronic venous insufficiency which at Body Renewal is treated with Carboxytherapy ( see below)
- Hormones play a dominant role in the formation of cellulite. Oestrogen is the most important hormone as it seems to initiate and aggravate cellulite. Other hormones including insulin, adrenaline, noradrenaline, thyroid hormone and prolactin have all been shown to participate in the development of cellulite.
- Several genetic factors have been shown to be necessary for cellulite to develop.
- Diet has been shown to affect the development and amount of cellulite. Excessive amounts of fat, carbohydrates, salt, or too little fiber can all contribute to an increased cellulite.
- Smoking, lack of exercise, fatty/starchy foods, and sitting or standing in a single position for long periods have all been correlated with an increase in cellulite.
- A highly stressed lifestyle will cause an increase in the catecholamine hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline which have been shown to participate in the development of cellulite.
- Within the last 40-50 years women went from loose underwear around the thighs to tight underwear going across the middle of the buttock. Underwear that has tight elastic across the buttock limits blood flow, encouraging cellulite to form. Wearing thongs, boy shorts, or sleeping naked can reduce the impact underwear plays on cellulite's development.
11. Do you know the difference between localised fat and cellulite?
Localised fat simply defines fat-filled cells without it signifying the least problem of body function. It would be called cellulite if this was the case (skin becomes red and grainy on the thighs and buttocks and then soft and flabby). Localised fat can remain unseen to the naked eye in as much as the silhouette can plump out but the aspect of the skin doesn’t change. In contrast, excess weight eventually hampers the circulation, pressure builds up on the adipose tissues and blood vessels are compressed: all these conditions are united so that cellulite appears.