Cellulite is a popular term used to describe fat deposits arranged in large “chambers” under a fairly thin layer of skin and is mostly a female problem. These chambers are separated by columns of collagen fibers. Cellulite is characterized by the skin’s ‘dimpled’ appearance or what is known as the ‘orange-peel effect’. It occurs due to structural changes happening underneath the skin’s top layer.  Cellulite is a perfectly normal and harmless condition; however, it is nevertheless a major cosmetic concern for many people. Most women develop cellulite as they age, regardless of their race. According to some studies, as many as 95% of women over the age of 30 develop some form of cellulite in their body.

Recognising the 4 stages of Cellulite:

STAGE 0No cellulite is visible to the naked eye and the pinch test is also negative (no dimply appearance), but anatomical changes can now be seen under the microscope. STAGE 1The cellulite is still not visible to the naked eye but there is a positive pinch test.
STAGE 2The cellulite is visible while standing but the dimpling effect disappears when lying down.


STAGE 3The cellulite can now be seen while standing and lying down.
1.    Aging – As women age, the collagen fibres shrink and break pulling the skin down and causing sagging. In addition to this, the body’s energy requirement lowers, thus, there is more fat accumulation. This results in a quilt-like appearance on the skin surface, especially in areas such as the buttocks, thighs, or hips.

2.      Female hormones (estrogen, and to a lesser extent, progesterone) play an important role in the formation of cellulite. Estrogen is important for the storage of   hormones and Prolactin also play an important rule in cellulite formation.

3.      Genetic – Many scientists believe cellulite is mostly predetermined by the genes that the individual carries.

4.    Being overweight. Even though cellulite also appears on thin individuals, excess weight makes cellulite worse.

5.    Pregnancy. Cellulite problems get worse with each successive pregnancy.

6.      Poor blood circulation. When there is impaired blood flow to the fat-storage area, collagen fibers are damaged due to the lack of oxygen and the accumulation of toxic wastes. This is also why cellulite is proves to be so difficult to eliminate. Poor blood circulation is often caused by sedentary lifestyles, smoking and high caffeine consumption.

7.    Poor lymph drainage. The lymphatic system filters out and carries away cellular wastes and toxins. If it is impaired, toxic products accumulate and inflate these fat cells, causing cellulite.

8.      Lack of exercise. Cellulite may be caused by impaired blood circulation and poor muscle tone underneath the skin, which are caused by sedentary lifestyles.

9.      Food allergy. Food allergy causes a variety of symptoms including food craving, weight gain, bloating and water retention, all of which worsen cellulite.

10.    Highly processed foods that contain preservatives, artificial sweeteners and other additives. Heavy consumption of pre-packaged foods cause builds up of these toxins in the body.

11.    Yo-yo dieting. Yo-yo dieting causes a woman to lose fat in the upper body while increasing fat deposits in the buttocks, thighs, and hips. Therefore, this practice tends to make cellulite problems worse than they were before dieting.

12.     Sun exposure. Prolonged exposure to the sun accelerates the skin-aging process     and the breaking down of collagen, which holds the cellulite chambers.

Undergo Endermologie® and/or Lipomassage™ treatments at least twice a week and thereafter, have regular maintenance treatments. By treating cellulite with the Lipomassage™ “ROLL IN” technique, the fat cells release stored fat faster and easier. This means that in combination with a healthy lifestyle, Lipomassage™ and Endermologie®  stimulate the release of diet and exercise resistant fat. These treatments can help you to combat all 4 stages of cellulite outlined above together with the following: *        Change to healthier eating habits. *        Exercise regularly – Especially cardio for fat burning and weight training, also known to improve the appearance of cellulite as it improves the muscle pump which assists in effective lymphatic drainage. *    Drink lots of water – This is VERY important to aid in the detoxifying process that  Endermologie® encourages and will help to flush out toxins in the body that play a big role in cellulite development.

*        By changing to a healthier  eating regime whilst undergoing a course of Endermologie® and/or Lipomassage™ will help give better results much faster! *        Limit the consumption of meat – Especially hormone-treated meat (also sausage,hamburgers etc.) These are one of the main causes of cellulite. *        Eat more fish rich which are all rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 Omega oils. *        Eat less saturated fats and rather, eat more mono-unsaturated fats (liquid fats such as the good fats in fish) Many people are suffering not only from cellulite but from overweight (“flab”). This is a very big health risk and can lead to heart disease. *        Avoid processed and fried foods; refined foods and foods with too many preservatives. *        Reduce salt intake. *        Reduce alcohol intake (alcohol contains a lot of kilojoules). *        Avoid sweets, cakes, pastries, chocolate and ice cream. *        Avoid eating too many carbohydrates (balance your meals). *        Avoid too many dairy products such as cheeses (high in fat) and cream. *        Avoid caffeine. *        Avoid carbonated drinks – they are high in sugar and if there is too much glucose in the body, the body produces more insulin which will inhibit weight loss. *        Avoid adding sauces and gravy’s to your food – they are high in kilojoules. e.g., mayonnaise, chutney, creamy sauces.