Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cellulite: Woman’s worst enemy

Cellulite is an annoying condition that affects over 80% of women. It is completely natural to have a little bit of cellulite but many women still feel very self-conscious about the bumpy and dimpled appearance it gives to their skin.

For most women cellulite simply comes hand in hand with becoming an adult.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re overweight or underweight; you could still be at risk of developing cellulite as it can affect women of all different shapes, sizes and ages.

In order to take steps to prevent and diminish the appearance of cellulite it’s important to first understand exactly what it is and what could be causing it.

What is cellulite?

Cellulite gives skin a bumpy and dimpled appearance and is most likely to occur on the legs, thighs and bottom, making it the bane of many women’s lives when it comes to wearing a bikini on holiday.  Although men can get cellulite it is much more uncommon, between 90% and 98% of cases of cellulite occur in women as unfortunately we are just more genetically disposed to developing it.

Cellulite is caused when pockets of fat become enlarged and then press against the surface of the skin and the connective tissue.  This causes the characteristic bulges, bumps and dimples of cellulite to appear on the surface of the skin.

What causes cellulite?

There are a number of factors that could help to contribute to how likely you are to get cellulite, this include:

Genetics
Poor diet
Change in hormones
Smoking
Tight underwear

How to reduce the appearance of cellulite

If you’re bothered by the appearance of cellulite then there are a number of steps you can take to lessen the appearance of cellulite.

Eat a healthy diet and exercise

We are what we eat, it sounds corny […]

The rise of the ‘lunchtime facelift’

Think back just a few short years and most of us will remember the invasive nature of facelifts. A major surgical treatment, it left women (and men) with battered and bruised faces that took weeks, if not months, to heal.  And let’s not forget that sometimes the effect was rather too severe, leaving the patient looking unnatural and sometimes even downright scary.

Then along came a far less invasive treatment that took around one hour to complete – and the term ‘lunchtime facelift’ was born.  Critics thought it made plastic surgery appear inconsequential which in turn could discourage people from giving it the thought and consideration any procedure requires.  Other critics thought it made our beauty-obsessed culture even more shallow and narcissistic.  But most people hailed it as a giant step forward which allowed more people to open up the door to youthful looks. The recovery times were less, the side effects few and far between and the price tag far lower.

The lunchtime facelift is now used to describe a range of different facelifts and/or facial treatments designed to give a youthful appearance. There are a few different treatments.  Let’s explore them briefly to see which, if any, suit you.

Mini facelift
This term often refers to a facelift which does still carry a surgical element but where the cuts are far smaller and recovery periods are limited to a few days rather than a few weeks.  Only local anaesthetic is required and the procedure takes around one to one and a half hours to complete. Its effects are subtle, natural and great for people who are worried about jowls or excess skin.

Botox
A popular choice of ‘facelift’, this procedure sees Botox injected into troublesome areas including eye […]