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Debunking Myths About Cellulite
Here’s the Truth About Cellulite and Cellulite Treatments in Ottawa
For some, the word “cellulite” conjures negative thoughts and a dip in self-confidence, and the idea of seeking treatment might seem overwhelming or scary. It is our belief that if we all understood the facts about this common occurrence, the stigma surrounding it would disappear. Here, we debunk some common myths about cellulite and cellulite treatment in Ottawa.
Fact: Cellulite doesn’t only affect those who struggle with their weight
Those who seek cellulite treatment in Ottawa come in all different shapes and sizes. Cellulite is actually caused by herniated fat in the connective collagen tissue that holds skin and muscle together. Because the real culprit is the layer between subcutaneous fat and skin, it doesn’t only happen to overweight people (as some believe).
Fact: Women are more prone to cellulite than men
Even if a man and a woman have the same amount of adipose tissue (which stores fat to later turn into energy), cellulite is less likely to appear on a man. This is because their connective tissue enables the fat to be spread out internally, rather than bulging up into the skin like it often does for women.
Fact: Cellulite runs in the family
While the fact that your mother had cellulite doesn’t guarantee that you will too, there is a genetic component to these pesky dimples. Luckily, when it comes to cellulite treatment, Ottawa clinics offer a variety of ways to escape this fate–even for the genetically prone.
Fact: Hormones can trigger cellulite
For women, estrogen is the biggest contributor to cellulite, which means anywhere from 85 to 98 per cent of post-pubescent women will experience it at some point in their lives. For men, an androgen deficiency (or subsequent related medical condition) can play a large role in the appearance of cellulite on the body.
Fact: Lifestyle does affect how much cellulite appears
Although a person’s weight and body fat percentage aren’t direct contributors to the appearance of cellulite, and losing weight alone will do very little to reduce it, strength training might. Strengthening the muscle and connective tissue under the skin may result in the dimples being less visible as the skin regains elasticity.
Fact: Non-invasive treatments can reduce the appearance of cellulite
While there is little evidence to support the efficacy of the over-the-counter creams and topical solutions that claim to fight cellulite, there are effective cellulite treatments available in Ottawa. TriLipo™, a radiofrequency (RF) cellulite treatment, is one example. This treatment uses RF energy to trigger the regeneration of collagen and elastin, firm the skin, metabolize fat cells, and drastically reduce the appearance of cellulite. Another option is CoolSculpting, a treatment that freezes fat cells and reduces the appearance of cellulite.
If cellulite is affecting your body image and your confidence, effective and comfortable cellulite treatment is possible! Contact your local skin care clinic today!