This is a judgment-free zone – and let’s get this straight out of the gate, just about all of us have cellulite to some degree. That dimply skin in those less-than-ideal places. What is cellulite? What causes it and how do we get rid of it? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
What causes cellulite and how did I get it?
It’s rather basic actually: fat cells are pushing up against our skin, and the tissue that is connecting our skin to our muscle is pulling downward, leaving us with that bumpy skin. Most people have it – even very fit people. There’s not one silver bullet answer for all people, because each of our bodies caries fat differently. Some people bulk up in their bellies, others carry it in their lower half.
Men are from Mars. That’s right, it’s not just your imagination that women seem to have more issue with cellulite than men. It’s not because they’re from Mars, but it has to do with structural differences in how fat is stored. These fat storage units of connective tissue on men work in diagonals, and ladies have a vertical structure, so it’s easier for our fat to pucker.
How do I get rid of cellulite? Lifestyle first.
Let’s start with lifestyle changes. We’re pretty sure you’ve heard all of this before, but it bears repeating: diet and exercise will help you reduce fat in your body, thus decreasing the amount of pressure those fat cells are pushing up against your skin. Workouts that incorporate cardio and toning exercises can reduce fat – so can a healthy diet. As a dermatology practice, we are constantly telling our patients how important it is to stay hydrated, and that’s not just to improve the skin on your face. Your entire body benefits from being well hydrated, and well rested.
How do I get rid of it? Treatments for cellulite.
Maybe that’s a trick question – you don’t really get rid of cellulite, but you can improve the appearance. There’s only one FDA-cleared minimally-invasive procedure that is clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least two years.
The Cellfina System treats the structural cause of cellulite, targeting the connective bands that are pulling down the skin. Similar to a rubber band under tension, once released, the treated skin bounces back to smooth itself out. Cellfina uses a small needle-sized device with no general anesthesia and only initial soreness or tenderness but limited downtime.
Endermologie is a medical spa service with no needles, delivering a deep, soothing treatment that reduces the appearance of cellulite and increases lymphatic drainage. This technique includes dual-action rollers, simultaneously using suction to redistribute skin and smooth away dimpling.
Cellulite treatments are such a personalized process, it’s best to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist to discuss your options and goals. Just as everyone’s body stores fat in a unique way, it also reacts to treatments in a unique way. Schedule your free consultation with our team and we’ll discuss your body contouring options.