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Cellulite 101: Prevention, Causes and Treatments
Soaking up sun at the beach or lounging poolside sounds like a fun, relaxing way to spend your weekend in Beverly Hills, right? There's only one problem – and it's an issue that affects more than 80 percent of women. That’s right, we’re talking about cellulite. Cellulite can be frustrating to experience and make you feel less confident in your bathing suit, dresses, skirts and shorts. The collection of creams, lotions and supplements gathering dust in your bathroom may only serve as a reminder of the false hopes these products provide. They can make you feel like you’ve tried everything, to no avail. You don't need to avoid the beach or wear pants when it’s warm outside. Instead, take some time to learn more about the causes of cellulite, as well as prevention and treatment methods so you can rediscover your confidence and win the battle against cellulite.
What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite may be a common problem, but there is a lot of misinformation out there about what causes it. You might think cellulite is associated with being overweight or that it only affects people who are out of shape, but cellulite is not a weight issue. It affects people of all sizes, even seemingly perfect supermodels featured in beauty and fashion magazines. Companies marketing over-the-counter products promising miracle cures would like you to believe that trapped impurities and toxins in your body are the reason you have cellulite, but this is yet another myth, and these claims are not supported by science.
Now that we know what doesn't cause cellulite, it's time to identify the true cause of that dimply, orange-peel appearance on your thighs, hips and buttocks. There is fibrous tissue under your skin that connects the skin to the underlying muscle. We all have a layer of fatty tissue between the skin and muscle, and when this fat pushes through the bands of connective tissue, the skin gets pulled down, causing the dimply appearance of cellulite.
There is a variety of risk factors that can determine how noticeable your cellulite is and how much you have, such as:
- Gender: In comparison to men, women are much more likely to have cellulite.
- Hormonal changes: Changes in estrogen levels can encourage your body to store fat. As the fat cells become larger, they push up against the skin and collagen fibers, causing your skin to look lumpier and dimpled.
- Pregnancy: Rapid weight gain and fluid retention during pregnancy can worsen the appearance of cellulite.
- Aging: Your skin loses elasticity as you age, which can make cellulite more noticeable.
- Lack of exercise: Inactivity can make you gain weight and lose muscle, which increases the size of your fat cells and makes cellulite much more noticeable.
- Genetics: Heredity plays a role in the development of cellulite, so if your mom had cellulite, your risk of developing it increases.
Can I Prevent Cellulite?
Although cellulite cannot be prevented, there are things you can do to make it less noticeable, so there's no need to feel discouraged. Choosing an active lifestyle and exercising regularly are some of the most effective ways to minimize the appearance of cellulite. Performing cardio and strength training activities reduces overall body fat and increases muscle, which can improve the appearance of cellulite and make your skin look smoother.
Along with exercise, eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains and lean meats can help you maintain a healthy weight. Ensuring that you are hydrated during the day and drinking enough water can make your skin look plumper, reducing the appearance of lumps.
Do Over-the-Counter Products and Supplements Work for Cellulite Reduction?
Flip through any beauty magazine or walk down the aisle of any store that sells beauty products and you will find many over-the-counter creams, supplements and devices that make promising claims about cellulite reduction. Unfortunately, these promises are not supported by research, and there is no evidence that these products actually reduce the appearance of cellulite. Some of these products can cause side effects like rashes and adverse skin reactions, so you should definitely be cautious about any over-the-counter treatment for cellulite that promises remarkable results.
You are probably wondering why none of these treatments produce long-term results, but the answer is simple: because cellulite occurs deep under your skin, it is impossible for any topical cream or supplement to penetrate into the connective layer between skin and muscle.
What Treatments are Available for Cellulite that Actually Work?
Before you start to feel like there's nothing you can do to reduce the appearance of your cellulite, there is good news! The Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center in Beverly Hills is an innovator in the field of aesthetics and laser skin care treatments. We can offer some promising treatments for cellulite.
Cellulite Reduction with Thermage and TriPollar Radiofrequency Technology
Thermage and TriPollar are two treatments offered in our Beverly Hills medical spa that have shown a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Let's examine each of them in more detail so you can discover how to reduce cellulite without the dangers of needles, surgery or incisions.
Thermage is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment for skin tightening that has shown results in cellulite reduction. The procedure uses the power of radio frequency energy to send pulses of heat into the deepest layers of your skin. This gentle heating encourages the production of collagen while also tightening the underlying layers of your skin. The result is smooth, lifted skin with a noticeable reduction in lumps and bulges.
If the words "radio frequency" or "heat" make you have second thoughts about the procedure, feel at ease knowing that while the underlying layers of skin are heated during treatment, your skin surface is simultaneously cooled. This not only ensures that you feel comfortable during treatment, but it also protects your skin from damage.
The average Thermage treatment for larger areas of the body is about 90 minutes. Most patients see a visible, dramatic improvement in their skin after only one treatment. As your body continues to regenerate new collagen, you can expect continued smoothing of your skin for up to six months. Since Thermage has no downtime or recovery period, you can resume your normal, everyday activities immediately after treatment.
As an FDA-approved skin-tightening treatment, TriPollar uses radio frequency technology to heat the collagen fibers found in the lower layers of your skin. When collagen is exposed to heat, the fibers pull closer together, resulting in smoother, tighter skin and improving the appearance of cellulite. The radio frequency energy also accelerates the growth of new collagen and decreases the size of fat cells.
We are able to customize your treatment to any problem area on your body when you come into our Beverly Hills office because the TriPollar device is available in three different hand pieces.
An experienced practitioner will apply a cooling gel on the surface of your skin before the treatment begins. This should make you feel completely comfortable during treatment. After only one treatment session, you should see a visible reduction in cellulite and experience skin-tightening results you can't get from creams or supplements. TriPollar is a safe, non-invasive procedure that provides noticeable results on all skin types. Because it does not damage your skin, there is also no recovery time!
Where Can I Go to Get Rid of Cellulite in Beverly Hills?
Now that you have separated fact from fiction and know what the most effective treatment options are for cellulite, where can you go to take the next step in reducing the appearance of cellulite? The Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center provides both Thermage and TriPollar treatments in our practice in Beverly Hills. During your initial meeting with one of our experienced practitioners, we will educate you about the options available to you and address your questions and concerns.
Cellulite reduction is possible, and Lasky is determined to help you on your journey to increased self-confidence. Contact the Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center today to schedule a consultation. You have nothing to lose except those unwanted dimples!