What Causes Cellulite and How Can I Get Rid of It?

Cellulite isn’t a good look. Those fatty bumps under your skin can hurt your body image, avoid sleeveless tops, and make you loathe swimsuit season. But you don’t have to live with cellulite forever. Dr. Angel Paas, MD at Kennesaw Gynecology can help you achieve your aesthetic goals by getting rid of cellulite.  

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is regular fat beneath your skin with a cottage cheesy appearance that pushes against connective tissue and creates a dimpled, orange peel look. Cellulite most often appears on your arms, thighs, or bottom, and it can appear whether you are fat or thin.

Some factors that can cause or increase cellulite include:

How to get rid of cellulite

If you want to smooth those cellulite bumps, help is available.

UltraSmoothTM

Dr. Paas can help you treat your cellulite with UltraSmooth, a non-invasive, aesthetic tool that uses light and kinetic energy to smooth out your skin with no downtime.  

UltraSmooth increases blood flow to your cellulite areas, which remodels the fibers creating the bumps and stimulates your body to eliminate the fatty waste. The painless treatment takes about 20 minutes, and you can resume normal activities immediately after. To achieve optimal results, patients typically require anywhere from six to twelve treatments over the course of a few weeks to a month. At a cost of only $150 per treatment, UltraSmooth is a cost-effective way to treat cellulite.

Cryolipolysis

Cryolipolysis improves cellulite by freezing and killing fat cells, which the body naturally eliminates. But the process isn’t immediate. You could need three treatments and 3-4 months to see a difference.

Massage

Massage increases blood flow and reduces fluid buildup in cellulite areas. 

Lipomassage uses low-pressure suction and two spinning rollers to create a deep massage, which is thought to break up connective tissue. The treatment, however, is controversial. Some doctors worry that lipomassage can cause your skin to slacken.

Diet and exercise

Although cellulite plagues thin people, too, if you’re overweight, you can reduce the bumps and lumps if you lose weight and tone your body. Reduce calories and increase cardio and strength-training exercises, which will define muscles and make your skin look smoother.

Subcision

In this minimally invasive procedure, the doctor will numb the cellulite area and insert a tiny blade that cuts the connective tissue holding fat. Results can last for upwards of two years.

Topicals

Pharmacy shelves groan with creams that claim to reduce cellulite by promoting fat breakdown. Products with caffeine can dehydrate cells, which minimizes the look of cellulite. And products with 0.3% retinol may thicken your skin, which reduces the dimpled look.

To learn more about ways to treat cellulite, call Kennesaw Gynecology today at 470-308-3365, or request an appointment online.

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