For many nurses, the long hours required of them are part of the job. Those who are working in hospitals in particular face long workdays and shift work to cover the 24-hour care that is needed by patients under them.

In fact, a study by the American Journal of Nursing found that more than half of nurses work more than 12 hours in a work day. While nursing as a career offers many advantages, there are some disadvantages to it as well.

Most nurses would agree that nursing is not easy as it can be very physically demanding. Physical tasks such as lifting and transferring patients may take a toll on them by the end of the day. More often than not, nurses also work on their feet for many hours which places strain on their backs causing their feet to turn sore.

When most of their day is spent standing, the last thing on their mind would be to exercise after their shift ends. As a result of the lack of regular exercise, high-stress working environments and spending long hours of the day standing, nurses are prone to attracting cellulite due to their lack of movement.

Cellulite– the dreaded fat

Cellulite does not just affect nurses; in fact, the majority of the female population is affected by cellulites at different points in their lives. Cellulite is a term for lumpy and dimpled flesh often found on one’s hips, abdomen, thighs and buttocks. This is because women's fat is usually distributed in the hips, thighs and buttocks.

Cellulite is the result of subcutaneous fat; the kind beneath the skin protruding into the dermis. It is the result of the layer of skin just below the epidermis (the outermost layer). Inside the dermis is a network of connective tissue and as fat cells increase in size, the connective tissue becomes weakened causing fat to bulges through. This then gives the skin a dimpled-like appearance, noted Len Kravitz, an exercise science researcher at the University of New Mexico.

While having cellulite is not a serious medical condition, it can be unsightly and may affect one’s confidence when wearing more revealing clothes such as shorts and miniskirts.

Here, we share with you seven ways on how you can look and feel better without by battling that cellulite:

1. Cellulite Creams

This is often the most commonly available form of treatment. Commonly found in pharmacies and health stores; usually with caffeine as their main ingredient, this over-the-counter solution can help increase the rate by which fat deposits are broken down. Francesca Fusco, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine noted that studies have shown that it works better when combined together with retinol. It can also be complemented together with other cellulite treatment options which are shown below.

2. Cellulaze

Recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in America, Cellulaze involves making micro-incisions on the affected areas of one’s skin. The procedure involves using a laser tip that is used to cut through fibers that trap fat deposits; which causes dimples on the skin.

The laser then heats the skin to trigger the growth of new collagen which leads to better elasticity and thickness and evening out making fat distribution underneath. However, the procedure must be performed by a certified and trained medical practitioner, notes Dr Stevens from Marina Plastic Surgery Associates.

3. Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy is known to be widely practiced in France as a weight loss treatment. Not surprisingly, this technique was pioneered by French physician, Michel Pistor, who initially developed it to be used for the treatment of tinnitus and pain management.

The treatment utilises chemicals that are injected deep within the skin. The chemicals then facilitate the fat cells to break down and melt. However, the results of mesotherapy sessions varies from person to person and it is also not guaranteed that only affected areas of the skin will be acted upon by the chemicals injected.

4. Radio Frequency Treatment

This procedure uses radio waves and heat to melt away excess fat and tough fibers. In a study by the European Society for Laser Dermotology, it was noted in sessions that combine RF, IR light, mechanical massage and suction system produced improvements in the overall cellulite appearance and skin condition of the patient. However, the study also noted that for lasting results, further treatment sessions would be needed for maintenance.

5. Laser Treatments

This offers a more targeted solution by applying heat and only damaging the cells that they are supposed to act on. However, the results of overall improvements in cellulites may vary widely.

6. Dry Brushing

Dry brushing promotes manual lymph drainage. It is a light form of massage that stimulates lymph flow. Use a large soft-bristled brush to gently stroke the surface of the skin with ground coffee, which can aid in restoring the firmness of skin areas affected by cellulites. However, its longer term benefits are unclear.

7. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Finally, while being as busy as a bee might not make it easy for nurses to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is important to note that when it comes to improving cellulite, having a balanced diet and incorporating exercise into your daily activities will help you to manage it.
However, nurses, do take heart that the majority of women have cellulite and as long as you are trying your best to lead a healthy lifestyle and reducing stress, you are on the right path. MIMS