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Cellulite represents specific appearance of the skin. The skin above the area affected by cellulite looks dimpled and this specific appearance may affect all body parts where fat tissue accumulates (thighs, buttocks, abdomen etc.). The skin looks dimpled due to uneven distribution of the underlying fat tissue. In some cases cellulite is quite visible but with several treatment options it can be drastically reduced and the skin may improve its appearance.

What Causes Cellulite?

The exact cause of cellulite remains unknown. However, many experts believe that the condition develops as a consequence of different factors and their combination. For example, cellulite affects more people with certain changes in metabolism and is more frequent among individuals who suffer from changes in the structure of the connective tissue. Redistribution of fat tissue is one of the major factors that contributes to formation of cellulite. The condition may also be connected to hormonal changes and it is believed that genetics plays a significant role in determining whether a person will develop cellulite and the very intensity of the condition. And finally, formation of cellulite may be connected with diet and lifestyle in general.

Cellulite Removal Treatment

Even though it is not possible to completely remove cellulite there are several treatment options that can significantly improve the appearance of the affected skin.

Many women first opt for cellulite removal creams. The treatment is quite convenient and one can choose between a variety of cellulite removal creams. It is essential to mention that apart from improving the appearance of the skin by reducing the visibility of cellulite some of these creams make the skin tighter and smoother. Many of cellulite removal creams contain methylxanthines, chemicals that reduce cellulite by breaking down fat tissue. Caffeine, aminophylline and theophylline are some of methylxanthines used in cellulite removal creams.

Massage is another effective way to reduce the amount of cellulite. Positive effects are seen after a certain period of time. Massage is most commonly combined with cellulite removal creams.

Laser therapy for cellulite is performed with two approved light therapy devices. The cellulite is in this case removed with the assistance of a combination of light therapy and massage. Laser therapy is more effective in people who have also made dietary changes and are physically active (exercise regularly).

It is confirmed that exercises may be the most efficient and also safest option for people suffering from cellulite. The results achieved with exercises last for a long period of time and apart from removal of the excess of fat tissue and improvement of skin's appearance, exercises also help tightening the skin and increase muscle tone.

Mesotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure during which certain drugs and/or substances are injected into the affected areas. Since safety of this procedure has not been confirmed and its efficacy is not fully proven yet the treatment is still considered controversial.

And finally, many people think they can completely get rid of cellulite with liposuction. The procedure does remove a certain amount of fat tissue and improves the appearance of some body parts. However, the results are not permanent and if one does not change eating habits and start exercising the cellulite may soon return.

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