Saturday, August 6, 2005

Cellulite, What Is It?

Cellulite is fat which accumulates in areas where the skin and underlying tissue tend to pucker and wrinkle. These areas are commonly found around the waist in men, and in the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen in women. Some people attempt to rid themselves of cellulite using creams, gels, and wraps. These anti-cellulite products may work on a temporary basis by giving the skin a thicker appearance, however, these products are at best, a one day respite from some of the deeper craters of cellulite.

Because the puckering of the skin is due to engorged fat compartments in between the skin and underlying structures, the key to controlling cellulite is through fat reduction. This can be done by switching to a low-fat diet, by exercising, or, if the problem is unusually unsightly or persistant, through liposuction. Liposuction removes these pockets permanently but is best performed on isolated areas that remain after diet and exercise have failed to help. The best candidates for liposuction are those of relatively normal weight but who have pockets of excess fat in particular areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations. Most important, having firm, elastic skin will result in a better final contour. Hanging skin won't reshape to your body's new contours, and may require an additional procedure to surgically remove the excess skin. This procedure will leave visible scars. For more information on cellulite, talk with a plastic surgeon.