Everything You Wanted to Know About Cellulite (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Whether you call it dimples, cottage cheese skin, or orange peel skin, it doesn't matter: cellulite seems to affect everyone. It's estimated that somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of women deal with the unpleasant texture of cellulite on any given day.what to know about cellulite

While some people proudly embrace their lumps and bumps, others wish there was some way to get smoother skin. Well, the good news is that there is something you can do to treat cellulite. No matter where you fall on the cellulite spectrum, here's everything you ever wanted to know about this stubborn and challenging cosmetic problem.

Yes, Some People Are More Prone to Cellulite Than Others

While it's common for people to assume that "everyone" has or gets cellulite, the truth is that some folks are more susceptible to it than others. For example, it's more likely to affect women than men. While around 90 percent of women have at least some cellulite, only around 10 percent of men do.

As it turns out, the connective tissue found in male bodies is a different structure than the connective tissue found in female bodies. Male connective tissue is woven more tightly (think of an "X" shape) than women's, so there's less chance that fat will poke through, forming the familiar bumps of cellulite.

Hormone differences between men and women also affect the development of cellulite. Women naturally have more estrogen, which interacts with fat differently than testosterone.

Along with biological sex, a few other factors can make one person more prone to cellulite than another. Some people have a specific genetic marker that makes them more likely to develop cellulite than others, for example.

Finally, some lifestyle choices can make cellulite worse or more visible. For example, the lumps and bumps are often more visible on lighter skin than on darker skin, which is why some fair-skinned people will use self-tanners to help conceal it. How active you are and how healthy your diet is (or isn't) can also play a role.

No, Cellulite Has Nothing to Do With Weight

It's important to note that cellulite can happen to people of any size. Thin people can have it, as can very overweight or obese people. That's because it's not a problem with the volume or amount of fat, but rather with the structure of the connective tissue beneath the skin. The connective tissue press against the fat cells, causing a dimpled effect. Just about everyone has some body fat, meaning that anyone can get cellulite.

That said, if you are overweight and your doctor recommends losing weight, you might see an improvement in your cellulite as a result of fat loss. Additionally, working out and firming up the area can help to improve the issue.

But it's also still possible for people who exercise and maintain their weight to have to deal with cellulite.

Toxins Have Little to Do With it

You might have seen magic cellulite banishing creams out there promising to flush away toxins that supposedly cause the problem. The trouble with those creams is that, well, toxins have nothing to do with cellulite. The issue is caused by fat pushing up against the underlying layer of skin, so trying to flush away mysterious toxins won't do much to solve the problem.

It's also worth noting that even creams that don't promise to remove toxins will do little to reduce dimpling. Several anti-cellulite products are on the market that contain ingredients such as seaweed and caffeine. Some contain collagen, since some believe that rubbing this essential protein on the skin will help to improve the appearance of connective tissue below. Unfortunately, none of these creams have been shown to do much, if anything, to help.

Yes, You Can Get Rid of It

While creams won't do the trick, and treatments such as liposuction might actually make the condition worse, there are ways to treat cellulite. One option is Velasmooth, which uses radiofrequency energy to reduce the size of the fat bulges and to smooth the lumpy texture of skin. The treatment is non-surgical and requires little to no downtime.

Learn More About Cellulite Reduction Options

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer a range of facial and body procedures, including Velasmooth. To schedule your free patient consultation at The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.

Fat -- everyone's got it and some people have more than others. The tricky thing about fat is that it can be incredibly stubborn. You might be otherwise healthy and in good shape. You might even be at a healthy body weight. But you might also have deposits of fat in certain areas of your body, like your thighs, tummy or hips. The good news about stubborn fat? You don't have to put up with it. Several effective fat reduction options are available, ranging from non-surgical treatments to surgery. Learn more about your options and choose the one that one that's best for you.

For Cellulite: Velasmooth

Cellulite is its own unique problem. It's fat, but it's fat that can appear on anyone, from very lean people to the obese. Unlike other types of fat, cellulite is particularly tricky to treat. You might have seen creams and scrubs on the market that promised to melt away those dimples beneath your skin. But the truth is, very few things will actually get rid of it.

One method that can treat cellulite is a treatment called Velasmooth. Velasmooth uses a combination of lasers and massage rollers to shrink the fatty deposits responsible for cellulite, creating a smoother appearance beneath the skin. Along with helping to reduce cellulite, the treatment can also help to improve your circulation. Since massage is part of Velasmooth, some people also notice that any aches and pains they usually have go away. Usually, a series of Velasmooth treatments spaced a few weeks apart is recommended for the best results.

Heat Fat Up: TruSculpt3D

Fat is a funny thing. It can be so stubborn, and yet, it's also very easy to destroy. Case in point: TruSculpt3D destroys fat cells by heating them up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius). The body will then flush the destroyed cells out through the lymphatic system.

TruSculpt3D can be performed on several different areas of the body, including under the chin, on the arms, and in places where stubborn fat usually hangs out. You can have the treatment in multiple areas of the body, depending on your body type and fat reduction needs.

While there is almost no recovery or downtime needed after TruSculpt3D, it can take up to a month for final results to appear. Your body needs time to flush away the damaged fat cells. While many patients are happy with their results after a single treatment, you can schedule an additional treatment to improve your results.

To Melt Away Fat: SmartLipo

TruSculpt3D isn't your only non-surgical fat reduction option. SmartLipo is another great fat removal treatment. While TruSculpt3D uses heat to get rid of fat, Smart Lipo uses laser energy.

During a SmartLipo treatment, a laser beam liquifies the fat beneath the skin.  The liquid fat is then removed from the body through a very small incision. The entire treatment is minimally invasive and only requires local anesthesia. Along with getting rid of unwanted fat, SmartLipo can also help to tighten skin, so that you're less likely to have any sagging or drooping after the procedure.

SmartLipo requires a bit more recovery time than TruSculpt3D. You might need to take a couple of days off from work to rest up after the treatment.

Fat Reduction Surgery: Liposuction

Liposuction is the grandparent of all fat reduction treatments. It's been around the longest, and for some people, it's still the best option. While other methods use heat and lasers to get rid of fat, liposuction involves the use of cannulas, or fine tubes, to physically remove the fat from the body. Before the surgery, the fat is usually injected with a special solution that makes it easier to remove. Depending on where on the body a person is having liposuction, the surgeon might also use ultrasound to guide the procedure.

Since it is a surgery, liposuction has more restrictions than other non-surgical fat removal options. It's not recommended for smokers, for example. People with certain medical conditions might also not be good candidates for the surgery.

Another thing to consider when deciding between liposuction and other fat removal options is the downtime. Usually, people need at least a week to recover after liposuction. Full recovery can take a few weeks or even a few months. The benefit is that more fat can usually be removed from the body during the surgery compared to other options.

Schedule Your Fat Reduction Consultation

At The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic SurgeryDr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. The practice recently added truSculpt to its treatment roster and continues to offer other fat reduction treatments. To schedule your free patient consultation at the Masri Clinic, call (866) 487-3223 today.

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