Cellulite is fat that appears as dimpled skin on their thighs, hips and buttocks. Cellulite looks like dimpled or bumpy skin. It is sometimes described as skin with a cottage cheese or orange-peel texture. Cellulite ranges in severity. Mild cases can only be seen by the naked eye when the skin is pinched. This is because the dimpling will appear in the pinched skin. More-severe cases make the skin appear rumpled and bumpy with areas of peaks and valleys. Cellulite is most common around the thighs and buttocks, but it can be found on the breasts, lower abdomen and upper arms as well.

Cellulite is not a serious medical condition, but many women become self-conscious about their cellulite and look for ways to get rid of it.

What causes cellulite?
Fibrous connective cords that connect the skin to the underlying muscle cause cellulite. The cords join the skin to deeper structures, with fat in between them. As the fat cells build up, they press up against the skin, while the long, tough cords are pulling down. This causes an uneven surface or dimpling.

What are the procedures to get rid of cellulite?

• Anti-cellulite creams – These creams contain an array of ingredients, such as vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts and antioxidants to help aid diminish to cellulite on your body. These creams are advertised to give people the impression that these creams are the cure for cellulite. Unfortunately, no studies show that these creams offer any improvement. Previous research has found that some people have had reactions to these products causing them develop skin reactions or rashes.

• Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT) – This procedure creates smoother skin in the areas where skin dimpling commonly forms at the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and arms. The acoustic wave therapy mechanically vibrates connective tissue in affected areas of the body. This improves the skin's look by causing the connective tissue to stretch, which increases its elasticity; producing localized edema that increases the organic process. This will cause the body tissue to develops capillaries, ensuring better connections to the connective tissue; producing an inflammatory reaction that causes the release of healing mediators, creating fibroblastic proliferation leading to a new, thickened band of collagen being deposited in the upper and mid portions of the skin. In result, the skin will smooth out and become firm. It usually takes about six sessions to achieve positive results and further visits are needed to maintain maximum results.

• Mesotherapy – This procedure involves injecting a mix of elements underneath the skin. Many of the mesotherapy injections contain:

? Aminophylline
? Hormones
? Enzymes
? herbal extracts
? Vitamins and minerals

This treatment can cause side effects. Those side effects include:

? Infection
? Rashes
? Bumpy skin contours
? Uneven skin contours

• Lipodissolve – is similar to the mesotherapy procedure that involves painless injections, which are painless. These injections are applied to areas of the skin, which have the cellulite. The injection dissolves the cellulite on your hips, waist, thighs and buttocks. The injection is inserted near the parts of your body where you want to get rid of the cellulite by breaking down the fat naturally.

• Accent Radiofrequency – This procedure uses radio frequency heat to melt down the fat, smoothen and tighten the skin. It is a non-invasive procedure and does not require anesthesia. The procedure is painless and effective in the process of getting ride of cellulite.

• Skin brushing – Another name for skin brushing is called dry body brushing. This procedure stimulates blood and lymph flow, exfoliates the skin causing new cell growth. Skin brushing causes nutrients and oxygen to travel to the outer layer of skin. There are no blood vessels in the outer layer of skin, the dermis is rich with blood vessels, and the outer layer of skin receives nutrients and oxygen supply from the dermis helping to aid in the process of diminishing cellulite. To dry brush you your skin you will have to purchase a body brush with natural bristles. Do not over brush your skin because over brushing, will cause your skin to become red and irritated.

• Thalassotherapy – This procedure increases blood circulation that is reduced over time by the reduction of vital minerals caused by stress, poor diet, and pollution in our environment. The chemical make-up of seawater is so similar to that of human blood, immersions in water when heated to body temperature results in trace minerals and ions such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium sulphates are absorbed directly by the skin. This not only increases blood circulation but also has valuable effects that can help the pores of your skin causing them to become toned and moisturized. This procedure has become popular because it is not only effective in the process of cellulite reduction, but it is a relaxing and stress less procedure. The causes of cellulite are generally caused by poor blood circulation and a build-up of toxins, so an overall thalassotherapy treatment can release these toxins to help decrease cellulite.

• Endermologie – This procedure is a deep mechanical massage that combines cylindrical rollers and suction to affect the skin's connective tissue, stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage, and trigger what the developers say is the body's natural system for eliminating fat from cells. It is effective as a cellulite treatment after about six treatments and last for six to twelve months. It is relaxing and pain painless. It could create some bruising, but those bruises will go away after a couple days.

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Author's Bio: 

Stacey Chillemi graduated from Richard Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey, majoring in marketing and advertisement. In the mid-nineties while in college, she began her first book, Epilepsy: You’re Not Alone. It was published six years later. Before and after graduation in 1996, she worked in New York City for NBC. Since the birth of her children, she has been a freelance journalist.

She has written features for journals and newspapers. Her articles have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines in North America and abroad. She won an award from the Epilepsy Foundation of America in 2002 for her help and dedication to people with epilepsy.