What is Cellulite and How Does It Work?

If you are like the majority of women, you likely suffer from some sort of cellulite. Whether it’s visible on your upper arms, thighs, or hip area, cellulite can even make the most toned and in shape person feel a little bit overweight. However, having nothing actually to do with weight, it’s important to understand what cellulite is, how it works, and how it can be treated. Read on to learn more.

What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a skin deformity that causes a rippling of the skin, which tends to look like cottage cheese under the skin. Not withholding from individuals who are either skinny or overweight, cellulite can affect virtually anyone at any time no matter what you eat or what your exercise regimen is like.

How does cellulite work?
Plastic surgeons and researchers still aren’t entirely sure how cellulite forms and why. However, according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cellulite can be attributed to the following:

  • Hormones
  • A thin dermis— the outer layer of the skin.
  • A thin layer of skin on top of the muscle

How can cellulite be treated?
cellulite treatment Over the past decade, more and more cellulite treatment options have been released onto the market. Whether you want to freeze away the cellulite (Coolsculpting), vacuum it away (Velashape), or even stimulate collagen production through the insertion of needles (Dermapen) there is an option for you.

  • Coolsculpting: This non-invasive, FDA approved procedure uses a technology designed to target and freeze the fat cells on your body including cellulite. After a couple of months, the frozen fat cells will then fall off and you will start to see results.
  • Velashape: This non-invasive procedure uses radiofrequency to target the fat cells by heating them up. Once the fat cells have been heated up, collagen and elastin will start to grow which will even out the skin and get rid of that dimpled appearance.
  • Dermapen: Dermapen is a procedure which requires the surgeon to insert tiny needles across the surface of the skin being targeted— puncturing the skin. Once the needles have been removed, the body’s natural response is to heal the punctured skin by producing more collagen— in turn, smoothing out your skin.

If you suffer from cellulite and would like to further investigate a treatment option, contact our office today!

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