Cellulite is the bumpy looking fat that frequently occurs in women – especially on the thighs and buttocks. It is sometimes referred to as cottage cheese because of the lumpy look it produces. Cellulite is very noticeable because it forms on the layer of fat closest to the skin. It is the expansion of fat cells that result in collagen fibers, in turn creating stretching and wrinkling of the skin visible to the human eye.
Cellulite is a problem of displacement of fat below the skin. As we age, the dermal layer loses collagen and strength and cellulite is a modification of the subcutaneous tissue, involving the microcirculation network, the elastic and collagen fibers, and the adipose cells. The superficial trapped fat appears as orange peel or dimpled skin. The subcutaneous layer contains bands of connective tissue, and when fat and fluids collect under it, the layer thickens and hardens, giving the fat a dimpled appearance.
It is important to keep in mind that cellulite and liposuction are not always compatible. The appearance of cellulite may not always be improved through the procedure of liposuction. In fact, in some instances, liposuction can actually make cellulite worse. This is important information when trying to decide if the liposuction of cellulite is right for you. This is an major decision and there are various other treatments available to deal with cellulite.
A popular and less invasive treatment for the elimination of cellulite is Endermologie. This is considered an alternative to liposuction of cellulite which is a much more involved and invasive surgery to remove the undesired bumpy look of fat under the skin.
Endermologie is a process created by a Frenchman as a method to treat his injuries. It is a vacuum procedure that essentially rolls and presses on the fat under the skin while stretching the skin so that the fat is not as visible. Unfortunately, the results of Endermologie are generally only temporary and a patient will require ongoing treatment sessions to maintain the results.
As with any procedure there are always benefits and risks that must be weighed to decide what is right for you. Liposuction of cellulite is no exception. Cost, complications and potential effectiveness are among the many considerations that you need to discuss with your doctor before deciding if this is a worthwhile way of removing cellulite.