Factors contributing to cellulite can be fluid retention, a build up of toxins in the body, incorrect diet, inactivity, insufficient water intake, fatigue, tension and a generally unhealthy lifestyle which can also result in poor circulation, slow digestion and constipation.
- Some women may experience more severe forms of cellulite due to hormonal imbalances caused by the contraceptive pill, pregnancy, HRT, or the menopause. Anything which causes an increase in body toxins also seems to aggravate the condition, this in turn slows down the elimination of waste products accumulated within the body and therefore causes a change in the tissues.
Cellulite can be painful to the touch because the nerves can be compressed amongst the tissues and with the circulation not functioning efficiently, it can lead to flesh that is cold to the touch which probably bruises more easily and may also feel puffy and spongy.
There are also different forms of cellulite and this could depend on the length of time it has been present; it could be quite soft and seemingly easy to manipulate or it can be very hard and compacted and usually uncomfortable to the touch.
Cellulite is obviously not contagious but is an aesthetic problem which will improve with constant attention; as mentioned this will involve a healthy diet and improving circulation through massage and exercise. The beauty and cosmetic surgery industry have ‘discovered’ hundreds of ways to deal with cellulite from injections and wraps to ultrasound and giratory massage. Here are a few of them:
Medi-Cell – studies the cell structure and blockages in the connective tissue and uses a non-invasive, high frequency ultrasound treatment that breaks down the toughened fatty deposits that cause the cellulite.
Body Wraps - the body may or may not be measured in various places before the treatment which usually involves some form of deep exfoliation, massage with essential oils and an application of mud or seaweed, followed by wrapping the body in bandages or plastic. The results are usually a reduction in water retention, detoxification, breaking down of the fat cells and a general feeling of well-being.
Cellulolipolysis - this treatment is slightly more drastic; needles are inserted under the skin, which are attached to an electrical current. The theory is that fat cells use up energy when putting up resistance to the current and this gives the lymphatic and circulatory systems a massive boost. The treatment is painless, but must be carried out under medical supervision.
Ultrasound – the theory of this system is to break down the waste deposits, which when removed will enable cells to function more effectively, this is quite popular and usually involves massage, dietary and exercise advice.
Nicola Roberts is the owner of Bellissima Hair and Beauty in Los Gigantes, Playa San Juan and San Eugenio Alto. For information or appointments please call 922 867 343, 697 902 361 or 922 719 355.
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By Nicola Roberts
This article appears in the print edition 605 of Island Connections