The Many Myths About Cellulite

untitled-design-19Cellulite is very common, but it is also very misunderstood. Cellulite occurs when the fat below the skin gets trapped in connective tissue and pushes through, leaving a bumpy, lumpy and dimpled appearance that won’t go away despite diet, exercise or expensive creams that make promises to smooth out the skin. Dr. Johnson treats patients with cellulite using radiofrequency skin tightening such as Legend or Thermage, a revolutionary tool designed to melt fat and tighten skin for a smoother and firmer look.

Here are some common myths about cellulite:

Men Don’t Get Cellulite. While cellulite affects 90 percent of women, 10 percent of men also develop the condition. Men develop cellulite usually in the abdominal area.

Being Overweight Causes Cellulite. Many people think that cellulite develops as a consequence of being overweight, but cellulite can develop on anyone, no matter their weight or size.

Diet and Exercise Can Eliminate Cellulite. Nope, not true. Cellulite is not impacted by working out or eating healthy. Since cellulite causes little pockets of fat to develop the connective tissue, you cannot exactly work out the pockets to smooth out affected areas. Exercise can also not prevent cellulite from forming.

Creams Can Treat Cellulite. There are creams and lotions available over the counter that can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite by firming the skin and pulling it tighter, but they do not actually treat cellulite. These creams give a temporary benefit versus the long-term results of Legend or Thermage.

Liposuction Can Help. Liposuction is not an effective way to treat cellulite. Liposuction can remove fat, but it does have the ability to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Cellulite Is Genetic. A widespread myth about cellulite is that if your mom had it, then you’re going to have it, too. A family history of cellulite does increase your risk for cellulite but does not mean you will always develop dimples.

Innovations Medical Center offers Legend and Thermage to tighten skin and improve the appearance of cellulite. These technologies work by heating up the collagen found in the skin’s layers. When heated, collagen contracts, causing the skin to tighten and become smoother. Patients who choose Legend or Thermage often see immediate and long-lasting improvement in the appearance of their cellulite.

Are you interested in Legend, Thermage or another cellulite reduction procedure performed at Innovations Medical? Call us at 214-347-8667 for more information.

Dr. Bill Johnson MD, MMM Innovations Medical
Contact us with any questions or call our Dallas office at 214-420-7970.