Cellulite is a common skin condition that leads to lumpy flesh on the hips, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. If it affects you, you aren’t alone.
Researchers estimate that around 90 percent of women and around 10 percent of men have cellulite. The good news is there are treatments designed to help improve the appearance of your skin and diminish the effects of this condition.
Take a closer look at what this condition entails, who is at risk of developing it, and which treatments work best for getting rid of cellulite.
To answer that question, you need to understand how your skin, fat and muscles, are all connected. Put simply, there are fibrous cords that attach your skin to the underlying muscle. In addition, there are fat cells between this inner and outer layer.
As fat cells start to accumulate in certain areas, they push upward on your skin. This causes those fibrous cords to tighten and pull down. As a result, the surface of your skin will begin to look uneven. In areas where this occurs, you may notice that your skin looks:
Some people also compare the appearance of cellulite to cottage cheese or oatmeal, due to its bumpy appearance. You may notice it all the time, or it might only be evident when you pinch or squeeze your skin.
Cellulite is also incredibly common and tends to affect women more than men. One reason is that women have naturally thinner skin. They also tend to store fat on their thighs and buttocks, which is where cellulite typically occurs.
There isn’t one definite cause that we can link to cellulite. In general, there are a few different factors that can determine how much cellulite you have and how visible it is. These include:
As men and women age, their skin becomes thinner. This can cause cellulite to appear more prominently in older adults. While obesity can increase the amount of fat in your body and catalyze the appearance of cellulite, it can also occur in lean individuals.
In terms of the gender divide, physicians also believe women may be more susceptible to cellulite than men because of the shape of the bands that connect their skin, hypodermic (bottom layer of skin) and deep muscle layers. In women, these fibers all run in the same direction and are parallel to one another. In men, the bands make a crisscross pattern.
The spacing that the parallel bands allow may allow skin puckering to show up better than crisscrossed bands, which are denser in nature and appearance. In addition, cellulite can also be linked to high levels of estrogen, which is why cellulite tends to appear in women who have gone through periods of estrogen spikes, including adolescence and pregnancy.
Are you looking for a way to reduce the appearance of cellulite? Discover more about a few of the most common treatments. EVEXIAS Medical Centers offers multiple treatment options for cellulite. To see which treatment plan is right for you, book a consultation today.
Advance laser therapy can help reduce and reverse signs of aging, including the pronounced appearance of cellulite. Your nurse may recommend one specific laser rejuvenation treatment or a combination of treatments to address your concerns. This may include the use of ablative or non-ablative lasers.
Ablative lasers are designed to gently remove the top layer skin (dermis) and heat the underlying layer (epidermis) to promote collagen production. When the treated area heals, your skin will appear smoother and tighter. Today’s ablative lasers, including CO2 fractional lasers, deliver dramatic results with quick recovery times and minimal side effects.
Non-ablative lasers are less invasive, leaving your dermis intact as they heat and treat your epidermis. If you are interested in laser therapy, you nurse can examine your cellulite, meet with you to understand your goals, and create a custom treatment plan that will help reduce your symptoms.
Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT) is also called low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy. This treatment uses vibration sound waves to stimulate areas of damaged tissue and promote healing.
This is a safe, effective, non-invasive treatment that can be performed in-office and usually takes around 15 to 30 minutes. During the painless procedure, your practitioner will use a special AWT medical device to deliver varying degrees of energy, pressure, and frequency to the areas you want to target.
As those pressure waves travel into your skin, they can deliver the following benefits:
A medical practitioner can help you understand why this condition formed and how to reduce its side effects. They can recommend the best treatments for cellulite such as laser therapy or acoustic wave therapy.