What Is Cellulite?
Cellulite is fat trapped in the dermal layer of your skin leading to dimpling, waviness, “orange peel” or “cottage cheese” appearing skin texture and/or overall less smooth contour irregularity.
Why Do I Have Cellulite?
The exact cause of cellulite is unknown but some studies show that the interaction between connective tissue and the fat below it cause cellulite to appear. When the fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, lumps and dimples will form. Hormones may also play a role. For example, one theory is that the decrease of estrogen in aging women, blood flow to the connect tissue decreases and lower circulation results in lower collagen production. Diet and lifestyle may also cause cellulite as a high fat and carbs will cause excess fat in the skin.
Will My Cellulite Improve If I Lose Weight?
Your body cannot use up cellulite fat as fuel, which is why this fat remains in its place and diet and exercise are not a solution. When dieting and exercising, the body burns through stored fat but not through fat trapped in the layers of your skin. Hence why cellulite is difficult to get rid of.
What Kind of Treatments Can Be Done for Cellulite?
There are both non-invasive and invasive treatments available for cellulite.
What Are the Non-Invasive Treatments for Cellulite?
Topical creams can be applied to the area to increase blood flow, which would temporarily reduce cellulite. You can use rollers to reduce swelling and inflammation in the tissues, which also temporarily reduces cellulite. If you are looking for a less invasive and more effective approach, there are many laser treatments that can reduce cellulite by tightening skin. This is more of a camouflage approach and will require maintenance treatments.
What Is Sculptra and Can It Be Used to Treat Cellulite?
Sculptra is an injection made from a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid. The body naturally absorbs this injectable as it works to replace lost collagen. Collagen is a protein that gives structure to the skin, and provides the foundation for the retention of volume and skin laxity. To treat cellulite, Sculptra is injected into the area to cause the body to produce collagen, which will fill the creases and dimples on the skin.
Are Lasers Used to Treat Cellulite?
Laser therapy can melt the fat and cut through the bands that cause the skin dimpling. There are immediate results but require some downtime as this causes bruising and swelling in some patients and require a small incision to insert the laser deep to the skin.
Can Liposuction Be Used to Treat Cellulite?
Liposuction and fat grafting aka “fat transfer” can also be a solution for cellulite. Just the physical act of liposuction breaks up the connective tissue bands that tether the skin creating contour irregularity. Place your own fat back into the correct location, keeps the skin smoother than before and provides structure for the skin on which to rest.
What is Cellfina?
A recent development, Cellfina is a relatively new treatment that targets the bands that cause dimpling and depressions in the buttocks and thighs. It is most effective for the treatment of deep dimples and depressions of the buttocks and back of the thighs. It is less effective in the treatment of generalized waviness. To perform the procedure, a vacuum hand piece is placed over the dimpled tissue through which the surgeon will deliver a local anesthetic. Then a small, needle-like microblade is inserted to release the fibrous bands causing the cellulite.
What is Collagenase?
Collagenase is an enzyme that breaks down collagen in damaged tissues to help the body create new, healthy tissue. Collagenase topical is a cream that can be applied to severe burns or skin ulcers to help remove dead skin tissue. It will speed up your body’s natural healing process as it breaks up and removes the dead skin and tissue.
What is Xiaflex?
Xiaflex is an injection that is used to break down collagen when the body forms too much in an area of the body. When collagen builds up under the skin, it may thicken and form a tight cord under the skin. This is called Dupuytren’s contracture and Xiaflex has been used to treat this condition. More recently, Xiaflex has been used to help remove cellulite. After aging or the other factors mentioned above, collagen hardens and contracts, causing cellulite. Xiaflex is used to break down that hardened collagen to loosen the tissues and decrease the lumps/ cellulite on the skin.
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