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Behind those undesirable small pits: know the truth about cellulite

It is estimated that 80% of women suffer from cellulite. “A sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, bad circulation, hormonal changes and even genetics are some factors that trigger cellulite”, explains Annie Cordeiro, director of the Clínica de Pele Annia Cordeiro (Annia Cordeiro Skin Clinic), dermatology center in Curitiba.

Cellulite is a change in the subcutaneous cellular tissue, fat located below the skin.

There we find fibrous septa, a sort of division or bond that connects the skin to deeper tissues. To maintain this connection, these septa “pull” the skin towards the inside imperceptibly. When there is liquid retention or fat increase, this area increases in volume and these changes became more visible in the form of small pits or depressions on the skin, typical of cellulite.

In order to know how to treat and prevent it, it is important to establish the problem and its causes.  Therefore, dermatologist Annia Cordeiro clarifies some of the most common questions about the fearsome cellulite.

Is it possible to get rid of cellulite? Since it is a problem caused by hormonal changes, poor eating habits, and flaccidity, the clinical condition of cellulitis can be lessened with a healthy diet, physical activity, and aesthetic treatments.

Is cellulite linked to genetic factors? Yes. In some patients, a genetic predisposition leads to the onset of irregularities on the skin. For this reason, it is important for these people to adopt healthy habits to combat the problem early on.

Do tight-fitting clothes aggravate the condition? Yes. The pressure caused by tight-fitting clothes decreases blood circulation in the area, impairing metabolism. As a result, there is an accumulation of fluid in the region.

Does collagen help in combatting cellulite? Yes. The indication is to stimulate the production of collagen through diet and aesthetic treatments.

Do some foods increase cellulite? Yes. A diet rich in sugar, sweets, flour, and fried foods contributes to the inflammatory process of the tissue, thus worsening the condition. The excessive consumption of salt and the low intake of water increase hydric retention, leading to dimples on the skin.

Do soft drinks cause cellulite? The problem in soft drinks is not the gas, but sugar. Even sugar-free versions contain harmful sweeteners, which are quite often sodium-based, aggravating fluid retention.

Do anti-cellulite pills and creams work? Yes, but they do not work miracles by themselves. Some active ingredients found in creams have the power to hydrate the skin, which smoothens the aspect of cellulite, and, furthermore, stimulate circulation. Pills, on the other hand, in the form of phytotherapics, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, prevent and treat the problem.

Which are the aesthetic treatments that combat the problem? Today, at the Annie Cordeiro Skin Clinic, there are four specific treatments: Heccus, which uses ultrasound and current, modeling Dreno Detox massages, and lymphatic drainage. Each one, in a way, aid in decreasing localized fat and water retention and increase blood circulation.

In regards to Heccus, the equipment releases electrical stimuli to activate the lymphatic system.  “The applications stimulate the metabolism in the area, leading to the breakage of fat cells that results in the reduction of cellulite, as well as improving skin texture and muscle definition. The treatment is neither invasive nor causes undesirable side effects”, explains Dr. Annia.

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