The Top Treatments For Reducing Visible Signs Of Cellulite

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Feb. 15, 2017, 9:15 a.m.

The sweet scent of spring is beginning to waft through the air, exciting our senses and sending our minds whirling towards daydreams of beach trips, rooftop parties, and sun-kissed glows. And as the sun-drenched weather approaches, we begin revealing more and more skin. But as much as we love dropping the layers, we don’t always love showing off what’s been hidden underneath. Cellulite is something that afflicts 90% of women, which makes it surprisingly common. But just because most women have it doesn’t mean it doesn’t impact how we feel about our bodies.

Self love is a beautiful thing, but we should never push aside our happiness or compromise our self-esteem just because we’re trying to “embrace our natural selves”. Embracing our natural self and being confident in our own skin is a really wonderful thing, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for forcing yourself to accept something that can easily be changed and diminished like cellulite.

Causes Of Cellulite:

Cellulite can be caused by a number of different things. Often it’s due to genetics, though hormones, diet and lifestyle have an impact on its appearance.

How To Treat It:

Although you may be predispositioned with traits that trigger cellulite, diminishing its appearance involves being mindful about what you put in your body. Sugar, alcohol, salt, carbs and fats are all foods that make the fatty lumps more distinguished. Cutting these foods out and supplementing with a healthy diet is one way to reduce the appearance.

Additionally, staying hydrated is another means in decreasing the visibility of cellulite. This also means that habits such as drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes need to be reevaluated, as they interfere with your body’s hydration.

Exercise is another way to diminish the appearance of cellulite. As you build up the muscle and shrink fat cells, you’ll begin to see your cellulite become less and less apparent, but cellulite will not vanish completely without other means of targeting it. And even with these treatments, it’s important to realize that cellulite will never completely disappear.

Cellulite Removal Treatments:

CoolSculpting: Though pockets of fat are not the sole culprit, they do contribute to the enhanced visibility of cellulite. The noninvasive treatment reduces the fat layers and thickness, leaving your trouble area with a smoother finish. This treatment is one that should be paired with laser procedures, like thermage.

Thermage: This radio frequency (RF) procedure works to smooth and tighten the appearance of the skin’s surface. Thermage also helps stimulate existing collagen while promoting cell turnover and collagen growth, as well.  Pairing this with a fat-reducing treatment like CoolSculpting will help achieve ideal results.

Cellfina: This is a minimally invasive treatment targets the root cause of cellulite, which are the connective bands. In women, these structural components create a honeycomb design as they weave throughout fat. When these bands tug at the skin, dimples and bulges become visible. There is minimal downtime and results last anywhere from 2-3 years.