Many women 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 of all sizes and often worsens with age, but there are a few ways to treat cellulite and strengthen your weakening connective tissues. While lotions and creams do little to nothing to reduce cellulite, laser treatments can stimulate your body to repair your tissues and produce more collagen.
If you are suffering with unsightly cellulite, call JUVA Skin & Laser Center today at (212) 688-5882 for your consultation.
- What Is Cellulite And What Causes It?
- How Aging Makes Cellulite Worse
- The Most Effective Treatments For Cellulite
- Cellulite Myths
- Choosing Your Cellulite Doctor
- Call JUVA Skin & Laser Center Today
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.
How Aging Makes Cellulite Worse
One factor that impacts cellulite appearance is age. Young people can still show the telltale unsightly signs of cellulite, of course, but it’s also a fact that aging can make cellulite much more prominent.
The layer of fat that lies just below your skin is crisscrossed with connective tissue that holds your skin down and connects to other layers of tissue deeper in the body. This tissue creates chambers of fat, and when that fat “pillows” outward it creates a bumpy, unattractive pattern of raised and lowered skin.
A number of factors determine how significant your cellulite issues are, and aging can make those factors worse. These factors include:
- Skin thickness and elasticity: While many people focus on fat when it comes to cellulite, your skin is also vital. As we age our skin thins and loses elasticity, which means the fat under your skin becomes more prominent.
- Amount of fat: The more fat that is in these chambers, the more is pushed up into your layer of skin. As we age, we naturally pick up fat, and a lot of it is distributed to the thighs and buttocks, which are most vulnerable to cellulite.
- Exercise: While active people can still suffer from cellulite, a vigorous exercise routine can reduce your fat deposits. As people age and work longer hours, exercise often goes by the wayside, which means fat deposits grow and cellulite becomes more of an issue.
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 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.
The best cellulite treatment available is Cellulaze, which offers long-lasting cellulite reduction. Our dermatologist offers this innovative treatment that involves using an optical laser to break up the fibers in your connective tissue and melt fat. This procedure also stimulates new collagen production to renew your skin.
Cellfina is another FDA-approved, minimally invasive treatment for cellulite reduction. Cellfina uses an oscillating blade to release the bands that tug your skin downward and create the dimpling of cellulite. While effective at reducing dimpling, Cellfina does not stimulate collagen growth like Cellulaze, so you will not experience the same great skin tightening results in the treatment area when you choose Cellfina instead of Cellulaze.
Z Wave is a new non-invasive treatment that requires no downtime and causes no discomfort. It eliminates cellulite with acoustic wave technology. The targeted acoustic waves break down the fibers that pull the skin down and cause the dimpling effect of cellulite. Z Wave also stimulates collagen to tighten the skin at the same time. In our own study, ten out of ten women saw improvement in their cellulite after receiving Z Wave treatments. This procedure usually requires 6-8 treatments to obtain results.
Cellulite is one of the most hated of all cosmetic problems faced by women. It is very common (affecting more than 80% of women) and very hard to treat (until Cellulaze, there were no clinically-proven, long-term remedies), but it's also very misunderstood. Here are a few of the most common myths about cellulite as well as the truth about it.
Myth #1: Only Fat Women Get Cellulite
This is simply not true. Although fat deposits cause cellulite, it is not the amount of fat, but the structure that causes the formation of cellulite. Even relatively skinny and athletic women get the unattractive dimpled appearance. For women with cellulite, weight loss may reduce, have no effect, or even increase its appearance.
Myth #2: Exercise Can Prevent Cellulite
This follows closely behind myth #1, with the theory being that reducing the amount of fat and increasing the amount of muscle in an area can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Some people may see results from exercise, but, as with weight loss, it may actually increase the appearance of cellulite by further tightening the connective tissue bands that create the dimpled appearance on the skin.
Myth #3: A Healthy Diet Can Prevent Cellulite
This goes beyond myth #1, with many people advertising that certain foods will reduce the appearance of cellulite or that other foods cause cellulite. There is no evidence to support this, and no evidence to support specific anti-cellulite supplements.
Myth #4: Liposuction Is A Cellulite Treatment
It’s a common misconception that liposuction can get rid of cellulite, when the reality is that liposuction may actually make it worse. Liposuction is an effective body contouring treatment, but it is not an effective cellulite treatment. However, it was reports of improvement of cellulite after SmartLipo that first pointed to the potential for a cellulite treatment using related technology, what would eventually become Cellulaze.
Myth #5: Drinking More Water Will Prevent/Cause Cellulite
The contradictory nature of this myth should tell you just how reliable it is. You should always drink the recommended amount of water, but other than clinical dehydration, the amount of water you drink should not affect the appearance of cellulite.
Myth #6: Skin Creams Reduce The Appearance Of Cellulite
There is some basis for this myth. Thin skin can increase the appearance of cellulite, so if you can thicken the skin over areas where cellulite appears, you might be able to reduce its severity. There was even one small study showing that 0.3% retinol cream improved the appearance of cellulite when applied for six months. Other studies have not confirmed these results, though, nor have they shown the effectiveness of other cellulite creams.
Myth #7: Only Women Get Cellulite
Cellulite is much more common in women, but as much as 10% of men may also suffer from the condition, and many of them seek treatment.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of cellulite, here's something that's not a myth: Cellulaze gives clinically proven, long-lasting improvement of cellulite. Some women see its complete disappearance for years. There are a lot of cellulite myths out there, but the JUVA Skin & Laser Center can help you find the truth and treat your cellulite problems.
Choosing Your Cellulite Doctor
Cellulite is one condition for which women are always seeking treatment. Unfortunately, "cellulite doctor" is not a recognized medical specialty, so you can't just choose a board-certified doctor who specializes in the treatment of this aesthetic complaint. So choosing a doctor to treat your cellulite requires some effort on your part.
There are so many treatments available for cellulite because cellulite treatment is in such high demand, but so few of them give any results at all, and even fewer give consistent results. However, many doctors (and non-doctors) are still offering these treatments. It's important to find a doctor you can trust to only offer you the best cellulite treatment available. Here are the questions to ask in order to find that doctor.
Is Your Doctor Qualified To Treat Cellulite?
First, confirm that your cellulite doctor is a doctor. Cellulite treatment can be a lucrative business and attracts many professionals who are not qualified to provide cellulite treatment. Ask your provider about his or her board certification. Cellulite is a condition of the skin, and qualified doctors should be board certified in a relevant area, such as dermatology.
Does Your Doctor Offer Proven Treatments?
As mentioned above, there are many cellulite treatments available, but few that give good results. Talk to your doctor about the level of evidence supporting the treatments offered. Sometimes, doctors will try to get away with a dismissive assertion that a treatment is clinically proven, but always ask for a citation in a reputable journal. If they can't actually show you published research on the treatment, it's not really clinically proven.
Is Your Doctor Experienced With The Treatment?
Cellulite technology gets all the attention in big media, but a doctor's role in the treatment is crucial. Any cellulite technology is only a tool: it takes a master craftsman to achieve the optimum results possible with the technology. Talk to your doctor about his or her experience with the treatment you are considering.
Call JUVA Skin & Laser Center Today
We invite you to compare our cellulite doctors with those at any other practice in New York or the world. At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, we are pioneers in the treatment of cellulite, since we were among the first practices to use the revolutionary new Cellulaze treatment, a clinically proven cellulite treatment that gives long-lasting results. We were also the first to use the new Z-Wave technology. Our board-certified dermatologist is highly experienced in the use of this treatment to give optimal results.
Cellulite can be embarrassing and nearly impossible to treat on your own. Schedule your consultation at JUVA today by calling (212) 688-5882 to discuss your treatment options. Our dermatologist and skilled team of professionals serve clients worldwide and throughout New York including NYC and Manhattan.