What is Cellulite?
Cellulite refers to the dimpled appearance of skin on the thighs, buttocks, hips, and abdomen caused by uneven fat deposits beneath the skin’s surface. Due to the way fat and connective tissue are naturally distributed in the body, women – particularly post-pubertal women – tend to experience this problem more than men.
Cellulite is not a medical problem; rather, it is mostly considered to be a natural variant in the way humans look. Whether a person will develop cellulite is mostly genetic, and diet and exercise habits do not treat or prevent the problem. A number of cellulite reduction treatments are available to reduce its appearance and restore a tight, smooth appearance to the skin.
Cellulite Treatment Options
A number of options are available to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Laser treatments. This therapy uses a skin-safe laser to break up fat deposits and stimulate collagen production. Treatments must be repeated and are required during a period of 4-6 weeks, and results can last for years.
Radiofrequency therapy. This treatment utilizes radio waves pulsed through the skin to heat subcutaneous fat and allow it to flow out of the lymphatic system. This tightens the tissue and smoothes skin. Only one procedure is typically needed, and results will be visible several weeks after treatment and may continue to improve with time. Results can last 1-2 years.
Liposuction. Liposuction is effective at changing the silhouette by removing fat beneath the skin, but the treatment mostly targets deeper layers of fat. Liposuction can sometimes improve the appearance of cellulite, but not always.
Creams and topical skin treatments. Creams containing caffeine that are designed to be massaged into the skin may temporarily drain a small amount of excess fluid, but they do not offer a permanent or (or very noticeable) solution.
Why Choose Dr. Abadir?
With years of experience performing cellulite removal treatments, Drs. Dale & Michelle Abadir have expert knowledge in proper skincare and are well-qualified to give advice to their patients on managing their cellulite in the best way for them. Their comfortable office is equipped with the most modern dermatological technology, and their practice takes a patient-centered approach to provide the most appropriate services for each client.
Last Updated: November 30, 2012