Cellulite generally refers to the “lumps, bumps and bulges” on the thighs and buttocks. Whereas many therapies that presume cellulite is caused by an abnormality of fat tissue have gained popularity, the scientific basis of cellulite has not been clearly identified and thus cellulite is not considered a medical term.

Some doctors call cellulite an invented disease. They claim that cellulite is simply ordinary fat tissue. It is true that cellulite is physically harmless but I believe that every woman with cellulite wants to fix this unaesthetic t-h-i-n-g. Before you buy any anti-cellulite cream, you might want to know some of the following facts about cellulite.

First, researchers have to figure out what cellulite is. One recent study found no evidence of any primary differences between affected and unaffected areas of thigh in fat tissue physiology, blood flow, or biochemistry that would account for cellulite. Instead, the difference lies in the connective tissue immediately below the dermis. It is noted that even very obese men rarely demonstrate cellulite while cellulite is often evident in extremely slender women who do regular exercise. Researchers in this study explained that male connective tissue would allow a fat mass to extrude very little, if any, into the dermis while female connective tissue would favor external expansion of fat tissue into the dermis, which causes cellulite.

I think this is an extraordinary investigation. Currently, treatments attempt to alter fat tissue metabolism but they fail to address the underlying structure, such as connective tissue, which characterizes cellulite. So they are likely wasting your money. For example, a study investigated the therapy of twice-daily application of aminophylline cream and twice-weekly treatment of Endermologie ES1. The results show that the legs, treated by aminophylline or Endermologie or both for 12 weeks, do not show difference from the legs not treated.

Women tend to get frustrated by conditions such as cellulite, so they sometimes prefer to believe there is a cream or machine that could possibly do it. I, of course, have the same feeling, but the truth is: “at this point, there is no mechanical, surgical, laser, light, or topical therapy that has proven to be consistently efficacious”.

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