|Photo courtesy of VelaShape web site|
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
WHAT IS CELLULITE AND WHAT CAUSES CELLULITE
So what is cellulite? Cellulite is defined as “persistent subcutaneous fat causing dimpling of skin, especially on the hips and thighs.” Cellulite is formed from rigid fiber strands that attaches the skin to the deep fascia. The strands form chambers that contains the fat cells. As fat cells expand, the rigid fiber attachments tether and dimple the skin surface i.e. cellulite (surface dimpling of skin.)
Contrary to most cellulite definitions and beliefs, everyone is susceptible to cellulite. The cause of cellulite can range from genes to hormonal factors to activity level/lifestyle. Those pesky lumps and bumps that cause cellulite are from fat deposits that push and distort connective tissues beneath the skin. These fat deposits and fiber strands are the main culprits that cause cellulite. While women are the more prone to exhibit cellulite, men are also susceptible.
Most treatments for cellulite are largely unsuccessful although the condition is minimized with FDA approved Velashape treatments. More recently a YAG laser device won FDA approval for the treatment of cellulite. The 1440 platform utilizes a small wand which transects the fibrous septa, melts the fat and tightens the skin, all in one treatment. Velashape treatments have been available at the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic since last year. In the near future, the new YAG laser technology will also be available.
Now more than ever, people are in search of the best cellulite treatments. Whether it is through diet, topical treatments or exercise, there are many cellulite treatments that claim to diminish cellulite.
The truth is these so-called cellulite treatments don’t necessarily get rid of the cellulite. They may only slightly diminish the appearance of cellulite.
Recently, there have been amazing breakthroughs in the treatment of cellulite that will not only effectively diminish the appearance of cellulite, but also have longer, lasting results. The May 2012 Newsletter will feature a discussion on this amazing groundbreaking device. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to read this article.
If you still have questions or not really sure what cellulite or what causes it, or if you’d like to learn more about cellulite treatments, contact Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic.