Cellulite is the term given to the dimpled skin on the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs of most healthy adult women. Since it is almost universal in adult females, it is considered normal. However, marketers and Hollywood have influenced popular culture to believe the orange-peel-like appearance of cellulite is undesirable.

Cellulite, which is composed entirely of normal fat cells, is not necessarily a sign of obesity, inactivity, or ill health. Because women characteristically have more subcutaneous fat then men, it is reasonable to expect females have more cellulite.

New noninvasive imaging along with digital 3-D technologies helped show how cellulite is caused by fat deposits that sit in between collagen fibers. The skin in areas of cellulite seems to package fat lobules differently and more superficially than unaffected skin. Why this happens is still unclear.

Being a female seems to be the major risk factor for cellulite, and it can be genetic. Cellulite is most obvious in overweight adult females after puberty. Hormonal changes such as in pregnancy or menopause can also cause cellulite.

Although prevention of cellulite may not be possible, it is reasonable to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Getting plenty of rest, eating a well-rounded diet high in fruits, vegetable, nuts, and whole grains, along with a consistent exercise regimen will go a long way in controlling the appearance of cellulite. Velasmooth, Mesotherapy, and lifestyle guidance are offered at the Nardella Clinic in Calgary as an effective naturopathic technique to improve the appearance of cellulite and your confidence!

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