When people are dissatisfied with their body, it is important to identify the cause of the problem before a solution can be ascertained. Cellulite is a concern for around 95% of the female population and can affect thin or slim people as readily as it can affect those who are overweight.
Cellulite is the dimpled, ‘orange peel’ appearance to the skin that is caused by underlying fatty build ups underneath the skin.
It is most typically a concern for women as they have a different makeup of skin compared with men, although some men do also suffer with cellulite.
The causes of cellulite aren’t very well understood, although it is believed that contributing factors might include genetics, lifestyle choices, the amount of exercise you do and some even believe that type of clothing you wear can affect it too.
How to tackle stubborn cellulite
When it comes to dealing with cellulite, this is equally challenging. Although many techniques have been tried and tested, none are currently scientifically proven to help directly target cellulite.
Suggestions include diet and exercise, creams, massage techniques, heat therapy and electrical stimulation – some believe they have seen improvements to cellulite via some of these, or a combination of these, others find them largely ineffective.
It is a common misconception that liposuction can help alleviate cellulite. In fact, in some cases, liposuction can actually enhance the appearance of cellulite, as it can make the underlying fatty cells more visible.
What does liposuction help to achieve?
Liposuction is an operation whereby an incision is made under the skin and a process of extraction takes place to remove fatty tissue from underneath the skin. It can also help tighten the skin. It does not target the cells that are responsible for cellulite.
Liposuction is a good option if you have got stubborn pockets of fat that are refusing to shift, and have exhausted other techniques such as diet and exercise to achieve the look that you’re aiming for.
The most common reason people undergo liposuction with Coventry and Leamington liposuction surgeon Mr Alan Park is when they are looking to achieve a firmer and smoother look to the surface of the skin. It is most commonly undertaken on areas such as the thighs, abdomen, upper arms, flanks and hips.