When the weather warms up and it’s time to wear shorts — or worse, a bathing suit — people tend to get self-conscious about their bodies. In addition to pale skin and muffin tops, one of the most common reasons for worry is displaying cellulite. But, what causes it? Are there different types of cellulite? And how can you treat them to either eliminate or diminish their appearance?
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a harmless skin condition wherein subcutaneous fat (the fat right under the skin) and connective tissue cause a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It appears most often around the buttocks, thighs, hips, and abdominal area, and it tends to affect more women than men. In fact, most women — about 85% to 90% — develop some form of cellulite after puberty.
When a person has mild cellulite, it’s only visible by pinching the skin. However, when it’s severe, it causes unsightly very obvious bumps and dimples. Significant weight gain and pregnancy can make it more noticeable. By the same token, an active lifestyle, healthy diet, and not smoking can sometimes reduce their appearance. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that thin people can still get cellulite, due to fat cells being constricted by fibrous connective tissue.
Although most people want to eradicate cellulite from their bodies, it’s not a medical condition. Leaving it untreated won’t cause any harm. Yet, for those who just know they would feel better without it, cosmetic treatments may offer a viable solution.
Types of Cellulite and How To Treat Them
There are several types of cellulite. Therefore, treatment should be personalized to the person seeking it to achieve the best results. While creams and lotions can provide temporary improvements, the cosmetic enhancements we provide at Innovations Medical offer long-term results.
This is the typical image that comes to mind when thinking about cellulite — that of a cottage cheese appearance, with bulges and dimples. This type of cellulite sometimes becomes visible when a person is sitting down or when the skin is folded.
The most effective form of treatment to diminish the appearance of classic cellulite is a laser procedure known as SmoothShapes. It promotes the growth of collagen. This collagen then pushes fat further below the skin, providing a smoother appearance. The procedure involves minimal to no discomfort, with patients experiencing a warm feeling during the process. It also has no side effects or downtime.
Linear cellulite looks like ripples or waves, and it affects mostly women with loose skin. It also tends to be more noticeable as women approach menopause, due to hormonal changes.
Linear cellulite is best treated with a radiofrequency energy procedure called Thermage. It works by repairing collagen and improving elasticity in the connective tissue under the skin. It also tightens loose skin.
If You’re Thinking About Cosmetic Enhancements, Contact Innovations Medical
If you’re looking to reshape your body and boost your self-confidence, Innovations Medical is here for you. We’ll answer your questions and resolve any concerns you have about cosmetic procedures. We’ve been helping our patients look their best since 2005, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.