19 Ott Stress and cellulite: what is the relationship?
Due to the sedentary situation and the pressure we experienced due to COVID-19, very high levels of stress were recorded which also affected our condition of cellulite: all this due to the production of cortisol, also called the “hormone of stress “.
Cortisol is produced abnormally when the body is subjected to excessive pressure both from a physical and psychological point of view and this, if prolonged, temporarily inhibits some unnecessary bodily functions (lipid catabolism), accelerating the protein catabolism.
To this we must also add a stimulation in the production of fatty acids, an increase in blood glucose levels, and a decrease in collagen production, resulting in:
- increased water retention,
- formation of cellulite,
- localized increase in fat.
To lower high levels of cortisol, it will be necessary to act by correcting one’s diet and lifestyle, in particular by regulating factors that can increase stress such as, for example, the quality of sleep. Many of us do not sleep a sufficient number of hours, with significant repercussions on the production of this hormone.
To overcome these problems, aesthetic and medical-aesthetic research has developed various effective treatments to reduce cellulite and localized adiposity, significantly improving the quality of life of those affected.
At the same time, the analysis part has also evolved and, thanks to contact thermography, it has made it possible to examine and classify these problems in the best possible way, also from a preventive point of view.
Contact thermography is a system based on the use of microencapsulated liquid crystal plates capable of reacting based on the body temperature with which they come into contact: by simply placing the plates on the area to be analyzed it will be possible to have a color image, for example. high resolution, which reflects the situation of the underlying tissues allowing us to determine the stage of cellulite (edematous, fibrous, or sclerotic) and to distinguish soft from hardened fat.
The analysis of cellulite and localized adiposity are quick, totally painless tests and can be performed regularly to verify the actual progress and effectiveness of the treatments carried out.