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Treating Cellulite: What is Cellulite and What Can Be Done To Improve the Look of Your Skin?

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Aesthetic medicine professionals based in Doral, Florida, share various convenient and easy treatments for cellulite, an unsightly skin condition.

Though harmless, cellulite can affect how people think about themselves. No one wants to have their skin compared to an orange peel or cottage cheese, but these are often the terms used to describe skin texture with moderate to severe cellulite.

Though this does not affect the physical health of individuals with noticeable cellulite, it is something that people often want to change about themselves.

The paragraphs below will discuss what cellulite is, why it is prevalent in women more than men, and what treatments are offered by professionals in aesthetic medicine.

Cellulite: A Combination of Fibrous Tissue, Fat, and Skin

Cellulite is the appearance of bumpy skin. It is usually present primarily around the hips, thighs, and buttocks, but can also appear on the upper arms and the stomach area. The reason for cellulite is the fibrous tissue strands that connect the skin to the muscles.

The natural layer of fat that separates these two layers in the body can push against the skin and cause it to bubble out in between the connective strands. This causes a bumpy appearance.

This is not classified as a skin condition and does not need to be treated in any way. It is simply the skin’s appearance, though some factors contribute to it. 

What Causes Cellulite and What Risk Factors Contribute to Its Development?

Moderate to severe cellulite can be brought on by several factors:

  • Age: Skin loses its elasticity as people age. This means that cellulite will be more visible as a person ages. Cellulite tends to first show up after puberty.
  • Genetics: As with most tendencies in the human body, cellulite tends to have a genetic component. If a parent or grandparent has visible cellulite, the risk of you having it increases exponentially.
  • Hormonal Changes: As previously mentioned, just experiencing puberty causes the development of cellulite in some people. Menopause and the drooping skin that comes with aging can also play a role in the visibility of cellulite.
  • Sex: Women have cellulite more frequently than men. This is because it is often seen in the specific areas of the body where women tend to carry their fat: the buttocks, hips, and thighs. Men tend to carry their weight around their middle and are, therefore, less likely to have cellulite.
  • Weight Gain: Cellulite is not an overweight person’s problem. Even fit, slender people can have cellulite, but gaining weight can contribute to the appearance of it. As the adipose cells expand and take on more fat, they accentuate the connective fibers between skin and muscle, making the bumpy appearance more prominent.

What Options Are Available for Treating and Reducing Cellulite?

Though cellulite does not cause physical problems, people often look for ways to reduce its appearance purely for aesthetic reasons.

Almost all treatments are temporary solutions, which means that if someone wants to start the treatments, they will see a return of the cellulite when they stop treatment.

Even plastic surgery such as liposuction is not a permanent solution. Using a combination of treatments as advised by a physician or professional may show the best results.

The treatments that are available on the market today are:

  • Creams and lotions: If you need a more budget-friendly solution, over-the-counter creams and lotions that claim to reduce cellulite can be helpful. Make sure you do your research before purchasing these topical treatments.
  • Lymphatic Drainage Massages: These massages stimulate blood flow to fight water retention and dimpled skin caused by cellulite. A lymphatic massage is not a long-lasting solution and it needs several sessions to show results, but it’s a safe alternative.
    • Our team of massage therapists can help you address your cellulite with lymphatic drainage treatments!
  • Laser Treatments and Radio Frequency Therapy: Laser treatments and radio frequency therapy also take a few sessions to show results, but they last longer than massage.
    • Secret RF is a great non-invasive option for cellulite treatment!
  • Support Hose, Socks, or Stockings: When worn, these garments can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Great options are also on the market that can help promote circulation.
  • Surgery: The longest-lasting treatment is subcision which severs the connective fibers that create the “cottage cheese” look. This can last two to three years and should be performed by a plastic surgeon.
  • Weight Loss: Once again, cellulite is not all about weight. However, a healthy diet and exercise can help the whole body, and losing weight can reverse the appearance of cellulite in some cases.

We recommend you visit us to speak with our team about your goals, lifestyle, and budget to receive a treatment plan for you!

About FaceBeauty Med Spa in Doral, FL

Located in Doral, FL conveniently near the Miami International Airport, FaceBeauty Med Spa offers various aesthetic medical treatments to make you feel and look your best. We are bilingual (English and Spanish). Call today to set up a free consultation.