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Cellulite Treatments: Removing Scar Tissue

Updated on October 13, 2014

The reason Cellulite is so hard to treat: Scar Tissue

Skin structure changes resulting in Cellulite

Cellulite develops due to mainly changes in hormones that affect the changes to the skin structure. Other causes such as poor microcirculation to the skin and poor lymphatic system are have an influence too.

All of these factors can be treated and improved for example with healthier diets, supplements and exercise. However, as many women find out their cellulite doesn't magically disappear.This is because while the underlying causes of cellulite are being dealt with correcting these factors does not reverse the damage to the skin structure.

Squeeze your skin where you have cellulite, and most likely will feel hard and painful. Unlike regular fat which is smooth and pain free. Where these hardened fat deposits have developed scar tissue has formed around the fat cells (fibrous septae) clumping them together and giving them that hard feel and irregular appearance.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a complex disease that starts with damage to the vascular system. When the blood vessels start to detoriate this leads to reduced blood circulation (microcirculation) to the skin. Micro circulation supplies the skin with key cells and nutrients essential for skin health and repair, such as fibroblasts and amino acids and nutrients that form collagen and elastin (connective tissue).

The factors leading to cellulite cause damage to the skin structure. When a tissue is damaged, the body reacts by causing process of healing and repair, this process can result in scarring. This outcome differs from person to person and inflammation plays a role. Prolonged inflammation doesn't allow the normal repair of tissues, increasing the skin to over produce collagen that result in a scar.

What are the causes of Cellulite?

There are many causes and influences in the development of cellulite such as:

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Poor nutrition and digestion,
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Inadequate blood flow to the skin
  • Poor lymphatic flow
  • Inadequate detoxification systems - impaired liver function
  • Weak skin structure - connective tissue disorders affecting collagen and elastin producti

What is Scar Tissue?

Scar tissue is mainly collagen, a fibrous connective tissue. In scar tissue the fibres are irregular and densely packed.

How to treat Cellulite: Methods used to remove scar tissue found in cellulite

  • Massage therapy. Endermologie a common treatment for cellulite provides intensive massage and stretching of these fibrous collagen fibres that are producing the appearance of cellulite.
  • Injection of collagenase or cortisol. Collagenase is a enzyme that breaks down collagen in scar tissue. Cortisol reduces inflammation and also reduces scar tissue.
  • Oral proteolytic enzymes may produce improvement of cellulite, due to the enzymes enter the blood circulation to the skin.
  • Lasers and heat therapy.

Remember its totally normal to have fat in the upper layers of your skin,. Its actually a good sign because its shows your female hormones are doing their job and keeping the fat away from your organs.So the target isn't to get rid of this fat (cellulite) through exercise or other methods. but to ensure skin is healthy and functionally optimally, the aim is to break down hardened collagen fibres and scar tissue so skin has the ability to repair itself. The body has the amazing ability to repair damage, scar tissue must be broken down first and more treatments for cellulite are addressing this problem.


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