What is Cellulite?

We tend to care more about the looks of our bodies and the cellulite blemishs which occur as we age.  The blemishes are made up of deposits of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue.  Its very common in  the thighs and hips that gives a crumpled and plump appearance to the skin surface, does not do any good to people’s looks. This is known to affect over 80  percent of the female population.

Why Do We Have Cellulite?

The gathering together of the skin happens when the layer of fat located under the skin pushes against connective tissue and bulges. This development causes a typical orange-peel or cottage cheese appearance — the risk of developing cellulite increases in women with age, or by the time they reach menopause. Only 10 percent of men are believed to be affected by it.

As we age, hormonal changes, specifically a decline in estrogen levels, are all contributors  to changes in circulation and a reduction in the production of collagen. Therefore, when fat cells become more substantial or if they increase in number, doing so in the presence of a thinner collagen layer, and change in blood supply, the effect is usually the formation of cellulite. Cellulite is, however not a health issue, nor is it something that is a health risk. However, it effects how we look. 

How Cryotherapy Fights Cellulite

We understand that cellulite has many ‘cures,’ most of which are hectic. However, Cryotherapy has proved to be a comfortable and strain-free formula for the treatment and control of cellulite.

Cryotherapy basically means cold therapy and is sometimes referred to as cryosurgery. This is a procedure used to destroy the tissue of both benign and malignant lesions by the freezing and re-thawing process. In the treatment of cellulite, cryotherapy may be used as a means to freeze some unwanted fat layers from the skin.

While thermogenesis is the process of heat production in organisms, in cryotherapy, this is a process of ‘burning’ fat that makes use of the cold, or freezing conditions. This is so because our genes are known to respond favorably to brief cold exposure. Since cellulite is caused by excess fat near the skin, thermogenesis treats it by ‘burning’ the same fat, however, in a slightly different manner to what ‘burning’ would mean, literally. Therefore, with thermogenesis, we understand that humans have two types of fat, the white and the brownish. Those with more white fat are overweight, and most have cellulite. On the other hand, the brown fat helps to reduce weight, and metabolism is higher in its presence.

Richard Lathe and Suvaddhana Loap conducted experimental research to study the "Mechanism Underlying Tissue Cryotherapy to Combat Obesity/Overweight: Triggering Thermogenesis" in the Journal of Obesity.   Inetensive cryotherapy may be a viable option for combating obesity and overweight due to cold-induced thermogenesis.  They studied over 25 subjects plus a control group to monitor the effects of cyrotherapy in managing obesity. 

The results of the research showed:

  • single session of cryotherapy lead to significant loss of tissue volume in the time frame of hours


  • multiple daily procedures leads to a cumulative decline in BMI, waist circumference and body weight.


Having said the above, thermogenesis, therefore, makes use of extreme cold conditions to boost the ‘brown’ fat, making it ‘eat-up’ the white fat, and thus helping the body lessen its fat, reducing cellulite in the process. Over and above helping with cellulite, thermogenesis also helps with protecting against diseases, improved metabolism, and an increase in insulin sensitivity.

While everyone doesnt have the access and ability to participate in medical research of tissue  cryotherapy.   Whole Body Cyrotherapy is readily available and effective viable option for combating stubborn cellulite and fat mass.


Lathe, Richard and Loap, Suvaddhana (2018) Mechanism Underlying Tissue Cryotherapy to Combat Obesity/Overweight: Triggering Thermogenesis Journal of Obesity.