Cellulite Types: What is Edematous Cellulite & How to Treat It?

November 18, 2022

Cellulite is one of the most common aesthetic problems among women. Do you know why it appears? Do you know the tricks to eliminate it? We tell you the types of cellulite and the best habits to prevent it and eliminate it from the root.

Edematous cellulite, soft, mixed, hard... They are all different but share a common trait: we don't like it at all. Cellulite is one of the most common aesthetic problems among women after puberty. 

It is due to the accumulation of fat nodules in specific areas of the body (hips, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks), accompanied by an excessive level of estrogen, as well as an alteration of the fibrous tissues that generate fluid retention.

Although its elimination is complicated, it is possible to treat cellulite as long as we are clear about what type we have and the treatment we should take. That is why today, we want to review the different types of cellulite and the right habits to eliminate them from the root.

I have cellulite on my legs, buttocks, and abdomen... What type of cellulite is it?

We know it exists, but we are not usually familiar with the fact that cellulite has different types. But it is so: it can be soft, hard, mixed, or edematous cellulite. All of them have different characteristics, and knowing how to distinguish them is necessary to apply proper treatment and be able to eliminate them correctly.

  • Soft cellulite is the most common, and as its name suggests, it is characterized by being flaccid. Soft cellulite is not usually painful and appears on the buttocks or thighs. You will identify it because it moves when you change posture. Sounds familiar? 

If you are over forty years old, you probably have it in some area of your body, especially if you do not practice much physical activity or have lost weight in a short time. To eliminate soft cellulite on the legs or any other part of the body, exercise, anti-cellulite massages, and radiofrequency are recommended.

  • Hard cellulite: its name also says it all, this type of cellulite is rigid and compact. In addition, it is painful even if we do not touch it, and it appears due to genetic causes or hormonal alterations. Therefore, it is normal to find it in young people with a robust complexion. The treatment? Anti-cellulite massages or vacuum therapy.

  • Edematous cellulite: its name may not ring a bell, but its appearance certainly does. Edematous cellulite has a cushiony consistency and is often painful. Varicose veins and signs of edema eventually appear. 

It appears in adolescence on the thighs and buttocks due to poor blood and lymphatic circulation and worsens with menopause. Of course, another of its causes is the accumulation of fat, a sedentary lifestyle, and fluid retention. To treat it, it is necessary to apply lymphatic drainage.

  • Mixed cellulite combines all of the above in different areas of the body. For example, edematous cellulite may appear on the thighs, hard cellulite on the legs, and soft cellulite on the abdomen. A different treatment for each area, combined with good eating and lifestyle habits, helps to eliminate it.

Habits to prevent and eliminate cellulite

Apart from the treatments with which you will achieve very effective results, it is important to have healthy habits that help you prevent the appearance of cellulite. Therefore, today we recommend:

Cold water showers: in summer it is easier, so arm yourself with willpower to face this habit when winter arrives. Cold water activates circulation, so apply it to the areas where cellulite usually appears.

Avoid tight clothes: although depending on the style we like most, tight clothing hinders the release of toxins in the body, encouraging the appearance of cellulite.

Apply anti-cellulite massages: these treatments should be carried out by a professional, and, thanks to them, you will get rid of localized fat.

Hydrate yourself: water helps avoid fluid retention, and promotes the release of toxins, and fat elimination. Alcohol or coffee can dehydrate you, so avoid them as much as possible.

Consume fruits rich in potassium, legumes, and vegetables: thanks to these, you activate circulation, promote the formation of muscle to the detriment of fat, and prevent the formation of orange peel. 

Final Word

There's nothing worse that can ruin a person's mood than cellulite, especially when trying out new clothes. 

However, there are plenty of cellulite-reducing and preventing treatments, such as massages and lymphatic drainage that successfully eliminate the orange peel skin and promote good circulation. 

When all body parts get enough nutrients and oxygen, fat deposits are less likely to form, so make sure you practice some sports, eat healthy food, and drink plenty of water.  

Have you already identified what type of cellulite you have? Pay attention to your skin and get to work with the necessary habits and treatments to eliminate it.