Cellulite is a persistent problem for a wider demographic than we tend to think. Historically, the dimpled and rippled skin of cellulite has been perceived as a problem for those who are mildly to moderately overweight. Cellulite is also more prominently a woman’s problem. Men, because of the pattern of fibrous bands beneath their skin, are not as prone to “cottage cheese” ripples as women. Diet and exercise habits aside, many women live with dimples in areas they wish not to have them. Here, we discuss why cellulite may be such a common problem and what you can do about it with our help.
What causes cellulite?
Many of us learned that cellulite is a “fat” problem. The only way in which this is true is that there are fat cell chambers beneath the skin that get tugged on by fibrous bands of tissue that connect the skin to the underlying muscle. These bands run through the fat cell chambers and can press them in a way that causes dimpling. The pressure that fibrous bands place on fat cell chambers is what causes cellulite, not excess fat, as one may believe. In addition to the physical structure of the fibrous bands in the skin, cellulite may relate to:
- Loose skin
- Fluid retention
- Poor circulation
How we Help Patients Reduce Cellulite
It’s no secret that cellulite is notoriously difficult to eliminate. You may eat a very healthy diet and move your body every day and still have some degree of dimpling in certain areas of your body. Because cellulite is not related to fat cells alone, even liposuction cannot get rid of this problem. In our Lake Charles office, we take a different approach; one that addresses the complexity of the cellulite problem. Here, patients can achieve smoother skin with non-invasive Profound Radiofrequency treatment.
The Profound system is not radiofrequency alone; it is a combination of radiofrequency and microneedling. During treatment, a small handpiece is used to stamp the skin with numerous tiny needles. The needles themselves create micro-injuries that the body repairs with collagen. The microneedles also deposit radiofrequency energy into the deeper layers of the skin. This heats the dermis, the fibrous bands in the skin, and surrounding fat cells. This leads to an increase in collagen and elastin, improving both firmness and elasticity. Simultaneously, the thermal energy loosens the fibrous bands to achieve smoother skin.
Studies indicate that Profound radiofrequency skin tightening can achieve great results that are still visible 3 to 6 months after one session. Depending on the degree of improvement desired, some patients schedule a second treatment 6 months after their first.