Glossary of Cellulite Terms (A-C)
Commonly used cellulite and cellulite-related terms pertaining to cellulite, cellulite treatment, cellulite reduction and removal.
Adipose cells: another term for fat cells.
AHA's: also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids include treatments such as lactic acid and glycolic acid, are found in plants and certain foods including citrus fruits, apples, grapes, tomatoes, apricots, and sour milk. Although sometimes used as a cellulite reduction treatment, no studies have been published on AHAs as an effective treatment for cellulite reduction.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids: (AHA) include treatments such as lactic acid and glycolic acid, are found in plants and certain foods including citrus fruits, apples, grapes, tomatoes, apricots, and sour milk. Although sometimes used as a cellulite reduction treatment, no studies have been published on AHAs as an effective treatment for cellulite reduction.
Aminophylline: also known as theophylline and xanthines, are common ingredients in many cellulite creams and are shown in vitro to stimulate fat metabolism. Most recent studies involving actual subjects have not demonstrated that these cellulite creams to be useful for the treatment of cellulite reduction.
Anti-cellulite: any product or treatment that works to reduce cellulite.
Body Wraps: a cellulite treatment process consisting of enveloping parts of the body with linens permeated with a variety of substances such as herbal extracts, algae, seaweed, and mud. The body shaping effect is the result of the combined action of perspiration and compression, which leads to a reduction of body dimensions. This effect is due to the loss of fluids and results in the appearance of a temporary cellulite reduction, but they do not reduce cellulite. This cellulite treatment procedure will not get rid of or reduce cellulite.
Caffeine: used as an ingredient in cellulite creams. There is currently no independent research showing that caffeine is successful in getting rid of cellulite, or research pointing to how much caffeine is needed to produce results in cellulite reduction.
Cellulite: the cause of cellulite is a result of bumps in the skin made by too many fat cells growing too large and stretching the natural fiber compartments which hold the skin to the underlying layers of tissue.
Cellulite-Ltd III: Designed to beautify and improve the appearance of cellulite without surgery, messy cellulite creams or lotions. Manufactured by Bass & Boney, Inc. Studies indicate that 95% of users of Cellulite-Ltd have seen an improvement in the appearance of their cellulite.
Cottage cheese look: another term for cellulite, describing the appearance of the legs, buttocks or thighs caused by the effect of cellulite on the skin.