According to some statistics, as many as 93 percent of women report struggling with cellulite, which can often lead to a lumpy, dimpled, cottage cheese-like appearance. It’s also frequently compared to the surface of an orange peel.
Regardless of how it’s explained, and whether you reside in Scottsdale or another part of the country, cellulite can make you feel self-conscious and afraid to show your skin.
But, what causes it in the first place, and what can you do to prevent it? Is cellulite hereditary? We’ll begin with the basics.
What Is Cellulite?
Both women and men can experience cellulite. It’s more common in women, however, since their subcutaneous (under the skin) fat cells are arranged vertically, whereas they’re arranged in a criss-cross pattern in men. For women, this causes these fat cells to press into the layer of skin above, resulting in a dimpled appearance.
Not all cellulite is created equal, though, since there are three grades based on severity:
- Mild (Grade 1) – This references an orange peel appearance and skin that sags slightly.
- Moderate (Grade 2) – Moderate skin sagging with a cottage cheese appearance.
- Severe (Grade 3) – Similar to Grade 2, but with a greater number of deep depressions.
Are The Causes of Cellulite Genetic?
Outside of the structural differences discussed above, the causes of cellulite are largely unknown to the medical community.
Hormones like estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, and prolactin are thought to play significant roles. How? In a nutshell, their reduced presence can decrease blood flow—and the oxygen it contains—to the skin, thereby reducing collagen levels, along with the production of new collagen.
This combines with the natural aging process, which thins the skin and causes it to lose elasticity, further promoting a dimpled appearance.
Hereditary Or Otherwise, Which Cellulite Treatments Are Available?
Although the exact causes of cellulite are unknown, a diet that’s high in fat, smoking cigarettes, and not getting enough exercise could contribute to its formation. As such, eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly could go a long way toward reducing its appearance.
Nuvell Clinics also offers Scottsdale residents non-invasive procedures like Venus Legacy™, which utilize a combination of multi-polar radio frequency, pulsed electromagnetic fields, and VariPulse technology to comfortably tighten skin and reduce the appearance of underlying cellulite.
And all of this without discomfort, side effects, or downtime following the procedure.
Learn More About Cellulite Treatments in Scottsdale, AZ
If you live in Scottsdale and are concerned about the appearance of cellulite (regardless if the underlying cause is hereditary or otherwise), but don’t want to risk the complications or recovery times related to surgical procedures, contact Nuvell Clinics today to learn more about non-invasive procedures like Venus Legacy™. We’re here to help.