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CELLULITE: THINGS TO KNOW – starbene magazine, July 2017

This disorder affects the majority of the female population, but few deal with it in the right way. Here is the expert advice.

Virginia Raggi, mayor of Rome, joked about it. Aimed at the photographers who were filming her, she hastily said: «Let’s avoid the scoop on the cellulite. Let me tell you, I have it, I’m a female».

So she prevented the criticisms that haven’t spared the minister Maria Elena Boschi: this summer she was careful to not get snapped by the paparazzi in a bikini, but the non-marble thighs were revealed, helped by her crossed legs and a short skirt.

The two politicians are certainly not overweight: maybe Virginia Raggi is right to say that, if you’re a woman, there’s no escaping cellulite?

 

IS IT ONLY A “FEMALE” MATTER?

“Unfortunately yes: males have bellies, but not even slight cellulite, as a result of the arrangement of their fat cells, which don’t swell by pressing the dermis as with us women”, explains Cristina Fogazzi, author with the plastic surgeon Enrico Motta of Guida cinica alla cellulite (Cynical Guide to Cellulite) (Mondadori)

 

OUR GRANDMOTHERS AND MOTHERS HAD LESS?

«We don’t have any statistical data, because at one time the problem was not felt», replies Dr Motta. «We started to worry about cellulite around the 70s-80s, when the female aesthetic ideal changed.

However, it is possible to suppose that before this pathology existed (just think of the paintings and sculptures that have immortalised the abundant thighs of the models of the past), but perhaps it was less widespread because we ate less and moved more».

 

IS IT AN EPIDEMIC?

It seems that 80% of the female population suffer from it. However, the data could be overestimated.  «Women who turn to an aesthetic medicine surgery undergo a series of controls (circulatory, plantar support, panniculopathy evaluation).

In the end it turns out that only 50% of women really need remodelling treatment”, says Dr Enrico Motta. For the others, the situation can be controlled or improved with an appropriate lifestyle.

 

IS IT GENETIC?

«In about 25% of cases, yes,” says Professor Antonino Di Pietro, dermatologist. “Women with a “pear” shape are more predisposed, the gynoid type with large hips and thighs.

Women with an android apple-shaped structure usually have less problems». Are there other categories of women that avoid leather skin? «Those who are of African descent disguise it better, because they have thicker skin, which is like a firm sheath able to withstand the pressure of fat pads», specifies the plastic surgeon Enrico Motta.

 

WHY DO SLIM WOMEN ALSO SUFFER FROM IT?

«The most common causes are problems with microcirculation, sedentary lifestyle, excessive consumption of salt. Or, it’s the fault of the gynoid shape: you can lose weight as much as you want, but this shape won’t change», explains Enrico Motta.

 

DO MEDICAL AESTHETIC TREATMENTS WORK?

«Yes, provided you choose the right ones and don’t get discouraged after a few sessions», explains the plastic surgeon. «Carboxytherapy and mesotherapy, although not decisive, really help: expect to undergo at least 10 sessions (from € 60, editor’s note)»

 

IS NUTRITION SO IMPORTANT?

It certainly plays a key role. «Vegetables capture the lion’s share in helping to eliminate excess water», advises Evelina Flachi, specialist in Food Science. «A good habit is to drink a juice rich in antioxidant and draining vegetables, such as celery, cucumber and fennel.

Sweet alternatives include watermelon, strawberries, pineapple and ginger». Beware of gluten, which causes liquids to be retained when consumed in excess. Reduce salt, also remembering to calculate the hidden salt that is contained in cheese, salami, bread sticks and preserved food.

 

DOES SMOKING MAKE THE SITUATIONS WORSE?

Yes: this habit, which reduces peripheral circulation is one of the main causes of cellulite.

 

IS SPORTS AN ALLY?

Not always: moving is good, but in the last Olympics, cellulite was also seen on the thighs of athletes. «To be on the safe side, aim towards an aerobic sport such as fitwalking and cycling. Swimming is perfect for sure results: I challenge anyone to find a gram of cellulite in the thighs of the swimmers», says personal trainer Viviana Ghizzardi.

 

IS THERE A MIRACLE CREAM?

The cosmetologist Umberto Borellini explains: «A cream doesn’t solve the problem by itself. However, it can bring improvements when combined with aerobic activity, healthy eating and applied consistently. Look at the label: it should mention caffeine and then draining principles such as horse chestnut, ivy or birch.

Patch formulations are particularly effective: while a cream has its absorption peak after 20 minutes, a patch releases its ingredients for hours”

 

CAN AROMATHERAPY HELP?

The latest news comes from the University of Grenoble regarding the treatment of orange peel skin. The magic ingredient this time is cinnamon, which reportedly would have a phenomenal stimulating effect on circulation and purifying effect for toxins. It can be consumed or spread as an oil on the areas to be treated.

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