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Cellulite | Skin Conditions | JUVA Skin & Laser Center | NYCMany Americans struggle with the development of cellulite, which is typically described as dimples resembling cottage cheese or the texture of an orange peel. This skin condition happens to women and men of all sizes and often worsens with age, but there are a few ways to combat cellulite and strengthen your weakening connective tissues. While lotions and creams do little to nothing to reduce cellulite, laser treatments such as Cellulaze can stimulate your body to repair your tissues and produce more collagen.

What is Cellulite and What Causes It?

Cellulite is the breakdown of connective tissue in your skin. These tissues link your skin and deeper tissue layers and hold small fat chambers within them. The subcutaneous fat deposits bulge out when your tissues are weakened or damaged and create a visibly pockmarked look on your skin. It’s most common in the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and arms, but cellulite can appear in other areas with poor circulation and excess fat.

The appearance of cellulite isn’t necessarily a sign that you’re out of shape because it can occur in fit men and women as well. Women are more likely to have cellulite than men because they tend to have more fatty tissue in the hip and thigh regions.

There are several potential causes for cellulite including:

  • Hormonal changes—The slowing production of estrogen in women causes poor circulation, less collagen production and connective tissue breakdown.
  • Genetics—You could be more prone to cellulite if other members of your family have had the skin condition.
  • Smoking—Smoking damages your skin by reducing blood vessel flow and disrupting collagen formation, making it easier for connective tissues to stretch and become damaged.
  • Lack of exercise and muscle tone—Exercise and strength training can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, but won’t get rid of it completely.
  • Excess fat deposits—Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the stress on your connective tissue within your skin and prevent cellulite.

The Most Effective Treatments for Cellulite

Several over-the-counter products flaunt an ability to get rid of cellulite, but these lotions and creams are not usually effective. Prescription retinoids may help thicken your skin to cover up cellulite. Exercise, diet and maintaining a healthy weight can also help reduce the appearance. Additionally, injectables may offer temporary relief. However, the best way to reduce cellulite is with laser technology, which uses heat to stimulate fat and tissue reconstruction.

It’s a common misconception that liposuction can get rid of cellulite, but this cosmetic procedure may actually make it worse. The best cellulite treatment available is Cellulaze, which offers cellulite reduction for up to two years or longer. Our dermatologist offers this innovative treatment that involves using an optic laser to break up the fibers in your connective tissue and melt fat. This procedure also stimulates new collagen production to renew your skin.

Schedule Your Consultation at JUVA Skin & Laser Center

Cellulite can be embarrassing and nearly impossible to treat on your own. Schedule your consultation at JUVA today by calling (888) 610-3133 to discuss your treatment options. Our dermatologist's and skilled team of professionals serve clients worldwide and throughout New York including NYC and Manhattan.