What we all know as cellulite is technically called gynoid lipodystrophy, or orange-peel syndrome—unappealing terms for unappealing fat deposits. Despite the fact that anyone can experience cellulite, many women blame themselves. They see the dimpled appearance of cellulite on their thighs, hips, and buttocks as the symbol of failing to work out and “eat right.”
Although it won’t improve on its own, or even with the most stringent diet and exercise programs, there are other solutions for cellulite. Let’s talk about how you can take charge of your appearance and self-confidence with a safe and effective procedure to treat cellulite, and help you achieve that smooth appearance you’re looking for. (For real!)
Before we talk about how to get rid of cellulite, we need to demystify it—even though cellulite is still somewhat of a medical mystery.
What Causes Cellulite?
In spite of how you may feel about it, cellulite is not caused by personal failure. People of all sizes can experience cellulite—even “skinny” people who run every morning.
Cellulite is caused by the combination of fat cells and fibrous connective cords joining skin and muscles. These cords pull down on skin, while fat cells push up, creating that uneven or rippled appearance on the skin we know as cellulite. Think of honey pushing up out of a honeycomb, except it’s fat, and it’s on your thighs.
Cellulite is more common in women than men because women tend to carry higher concentrations of fat in areas prone to cellulite. As many as 80-90 percent of postpubertal women have cellulite. We all know one of the lucky ones who never have issues with cellulite, but the vast majority of your peers are stressing about cellulite as much as you are.
We know that anyone can develop cellulite, but medical research has uncovered very little about what causes some people to experience more prominent cellulite than others. What we do know is that some factors that may contribute to cellulite include:
Hormones, including estrogen, insulin, thyroid hormones, and prolactinmay contribute to cellulite development. As if hormones don’t wreak enough havoc throughout our lives, they also cause dreaded cellulite.
Blame your parents for this one, ladies and gentlemen. Genetic factors such as slow metabolism, circulatory problems, or fat distribution may also factor in as a cause. Relax … no amount of diet and exercise will get rid of cellulite that’s in your genes.
While health-conscious people can have cellulite, there are some lifestyle factors you want to avoid if you’re trying to reduce cellulite. Smoking, inactivity, and an unhealthy diet may make someone more prone to develop cellulite. (If you don’t quit smoking for your lungs, at least do it for your tush!)
The thinner your skin, the more noticeable cellulite is. Our skin thins as we age, so cellulite can often look more prominent as we get older.
How To Get Rid of Cellulite: Two Effective Treatments
So many women are on a quest to find out how to get rid of cellulite, regularly looking for new information and treatments. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve the texture of your skin and achieve a smoother appearance,
Cellulaze uses laser energy to target all three elements in an area that contributes to the appearance of cellulite, including
- Increases skin thickness and elasticity by targeting the dermis—the lower layers of the skin
- Severs the bands of connective tissue so they no longer pull down on the skin
- Contours the underlying lumps of fat
The best part about Cellulaze? It just requires one minimally invasive procedure with a short recovery time. In just a few days, you’ll start seeing noticeable results that will continue to improve for several months.
Qwo is a nonsurgical, injectable medicine a specialist applies to the affected area. The procedure takes just minutes, and you only need two or three Qwo treatments about 21 days apart.
How does Qwo work? It breaks down fibrous bands, redistributes fat, and stimulates collagen to smooth cellulite away. Once you’ve had a series of Qwo treatments, your results will be noticeable about 7-10 weeks later. If that sounds like it’s a long time to wait, consider how long-lasting Qwo is: Patients report they still see improvement two years after their treatment.
Say Goodbye To Cellulite and Hello To Smoother Hips, Thighs, and Buttocks
No matter what causes it, cellulite can have a significant impact on your appearance and self-esteem. You just want to be able to put on a pair of shorts without worrying about thigh dimples. It’s time to usher in an enhanced appearance and a healthy dose of self-confidence with a safe and effective cellulite treatment from Clevens Face & Body Specialists. We want you to put on those shorts and feel like your very best self.
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