Cellulite is a French word adopted by alternative practitioners and beauty therapists simply because there is no other word in the English language to describe the kind of lumpy fat deposits that tend to collect on various parts of, usually the female, but sometimes the male anatomy.
It varies considerably in severity and is most often seen on buttocks, upper thighs, inner knees, abdomen and upper arms. Cellulite has little to do with being overweight. One can be extremely thin and have cellulite. Conversely, one can be extremely overweight and have none or little. Microscopic examination of cellulite reveals an accumulation of fat with a high amount of trapped fluid content. This extra cellular fluid shows a high concentration of metabolic waste, toxins and ingested or inhaled pollutants.
In France, cellulite has been accepted as a genuine medical condition for the past 40 years, so much so that anti-cellulite treatment are available on their equivalent of the National Health Service. French doctors believe that if cellulite is left untreated it can lead to more serious medical problems developing such as water retention and arthritis.
Cellulite can also be a result of poor circulation to and from the area. It is often noticeable in areas of poor muscular development and use, areas that lack good circulation to eliminate toxins and waste materials. As the connective tissues are poorly supplied, they harden, coarsen and rearrange into bundles, which cause it to appear.
Cellulite is different from fat in that it is reluctant to response to diet and exercise alone. Endermologie and Ionithermie are specific treatments that work on areas of cellulite, and when combined with diet, exercise and homecare, are extremely effective. They target the stubborn cellulite areas that diet and exercise fail to reach.