What You Need to Know About Cellulite and How to Get Rid of It AT DERMACARE SAN DIEGO

Published: June 9, 2021
Category: Blog, Cellulite, Cellulaze
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It is a common cosmetic flaw, but it isn’t exactly something you would like to settle with despite its commonality.

Cellulite.

Cellulite is a cosmetic concern that can be found on various parts of the body. The ‘cottage cheese’ look can come to define your arms, legs, buttocks and abdomen, preventing you from confidently wearing certain clothing or showing skin in general. Cellulite is common, but many who suffer from it don’t realize how it forms or how to correct the cosmetic concern. At Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Center, we want you to understand that it is entirely possible to rid your body of cellulite.

How Does Cellulite Form?

Cellulite forms when the connective tissues between your skin and muscles stiffen. When this occurs, the connective tissues pull down on your skin, causing the fat layer beneath the skin to push upward. When your fat layer pushes upward, the notorious ‘cottage cheese’ look, or dimpling, becomes noticeable. The cosmetic issue commonly occurs on the hips, thighs, abdomen, buttocks and breasts. How much cellulite you have can be determined by several factors, including your age, genetics and body fat percentage. Other factors that contribute to cellulite forming include:

  • Hormones
  • Poor diet
  • Toxin accumulation
  • Weight gain
  • Lack of activity
  • Pregnancy

Why Does Cellulite Affect Women Mainly?

It’s no secret that cellulite is an issue that particularly affects women. While it is possible for men to develop cellulite, the cosmetic concern affects approximately 90 percent of women. Cellulite affects women primarily for two reasons: their skin structure and their fat distribution. A woman’s dermis (skin) is typically thinner than a man’s, meaning it is more prone for fat dimpling to be visible. A woman’s body is also defined by being softer and rounder than a man’s, namely because their fat distribution differs. When fatty cells go unused within a woman’s body, continuing to accumulate, they eventually bypass their connective tissues and result in the formation of cellulite. Essentially, the soft nature of a woman’s skin and their body’s fat distribution is, unfortunately, a recipe for cellulite.

At What Age Does Cellulite Begin to Form?

Cellulite is a cosmetic concern that can form as early as after a girl goes through puberty because estrogen can cause cellulite development. However, the issue can become more prominent later in life for a woman. As mentioned, several factors can ultimately impact cellulite’s development. Pregnancy, significant weight gain or loss and age can make cellulite develop. Particularly with age, your skin starts to lose its structural integrity, allowing for the dimpling effect to become more apparent.

In addition, modern life has allowed people to lead a more sedentary lifestyle. A lack of movement prompts fat cells to remain and build in certain parts of the body. Because of this, regardless of age, people are more prone to developing cellulite.

Are There Different Types of Cellulite?

Two different types of cellulite include:

Soft cellulite: This form of cellulite is usually visible when lying down rather than standing. Soft cellulite, also known as flaccid cellulite, forms around the arms, legs, thighs and hips and results from fat accumulation. This type of cellulite can usually be corrected if lifestyle habits were improved and an exercise routine was implemented.

Hard cellulite: Hard cellulite, also known as compact cellulite, is a more severe form of cellulite visible in a standing position. This cellulite’s appearance is akin to the texture of an orange peel and can be a serious cosmetic concern. In addition, when cellulite begins to harden, it can be uncomfortable or even painful, making treatment advisable.

What Can Treat Cellulite?

Cellulite is a cosmetic concern that can be difficult to get rid of through improving your health habits and exercising more consistently. However, there are technologically-advanced devices out there that are specially designed for treating cellulite. At Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinic of San Diego, CA, we offer the best cellulite treatments. The two cellulite treatments we offer are:

QWO

QWO is an injectable treatment that is FDA-approved for treating moderate to severe cellulite. The unique injectable consists of an enzyme known as collagenase. When this enzyme is injected into cellulite, it releases the fibrous bands that are ultimately causing the skin to dimple. Simultaneously, QWO will redistribute fat cells and stimulate collagen production. The injectable treatment effectively creates a smoother appearance of the skin that was once defined by collagen. QWO is a relatively new treatment, so the longevity of the treatment’s results is not entirely known. However, current data suggest that QWO can alleviate signs of cellulite for several years.

Cellulaze

Cellulaze is a cellulite treatment that utilizes the power of laser energy to melt away pesky deposits of fat. A small fibrous laser is inserted beneath your skin during the treatment, which heats the fatty deposits. In the process, the fibrous laser softens your connective tissue between your skin and muscles, allowing your skin to become more smooth and even in texture. The treatment also stimulates your natural production of collagen, an essential structural protein that helps maintain skin firmness. Cellulaze can restore your image by improving signs of cellulite. Your arms, buttocks, thighs and hips can all once again be smooth. Cellulaze can help stave off the reformation of cellulite for approximately one to three years.

PelleFirm

Instead of using laser energy, PelleFirm utilizes radiofrequency (RF) energy to deeply heat your skin and a massaging device to smooth your skin of cellulite. The treatment is entirely non-invasive and pain-free. When the RF energy is introduced to your skin, it heats the deeper layers to 45 degrees celsius, which increases your blood circulation. The massage head then helps move excess fluids from your treated area that is then naturally disposed of through your body’s lymphatic system. PelleFirm is the perfect treatment for cellulite located around the abdomen, waist, love handles, arms, thighs and buttocks. PelleFirm offers temporary relief from your cellulite concerns. Results can be maintained if performed once every six months. Attain smooth, cellulite-free skin with PelleFirm.

Learn More About Cellulite and Cellulite Treatments at Dermacare Laser & Skincare Clinic

Cellulite is a frustrating cosmetic concern that affects 90 percent of women worldwide. The issue can become apparent at various life stages, making it all the more of a nuisance. Thankfully, there are treatments available that can smooth your skin of cellulite, allowing you to live your life cellulite-free once again confidently. Offered at Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinic of San Diego, CA, Cellulaze and PelleFirm are exceptional cellulite treatments. If you are interested in learning more about cellulite and how you can treat it, please contact us by calling 858-294-0623. You can also visit our contact page to schedule a consultation.