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How To Get Rid of Cellulite

Nearly every woman and some men will deal with cellulite in their lifetime. Uneven or dimpled skin can appear just about anywhere on the body but is most common on the hips, butt, and thighs.

A quick search online reveals hundreds of remedies, but are these quick fixes too good to be true? How do you really get rid of cellulite? Does such a thing even exist?

Creams Are (Pipe)Dreams…

People who have cellulite often look to noninvasive solutions first. Miracle creams are popular, but do they work?

Cellulite creams and other topical treatments do not get rid of cellulite. At best, they may reduce the appearance of cellulite by temporarily plumping the dermis, which can have a smoothing effect.

However, whatever benefit a cream can provide is merely temporary. Creams cannot treat the underlying issues that cause cellulite.

To understand why creams and topical treatments can’t get rid of cellulite, let’s take a closer look at what cellulite is and why it happens.

Three Causes of Cellulite

It’s often suggested that cellulite is the result of lifestyle: what you eat or how much you exercise. And while being overweight or sedentary can increase the appearance of cellulite, they are not the primary cause.

There are three major causes of cellulite: stiffened fibrous septae, bulging fat, and thinning skin.

Stiffened fibrous septae – these connective tissues are prone to change over a lifetime via several factors including age, genes, hormones, alterations in the blood vessels and circulation of subcutaneous fat. In cellulite, the collagen walls of the septae thicken and become hard, pulling the skin down and often forming a dimple.

Bulging fat – fat lives between the fibrous septae in a honeycomb-like pattern. When the fibrous stiffens it pushes the fat up causing a bulge effect.

Thinning skin – as we age, the body produces less collagen, which affects the firmness and elasticity of the skin.

Much of what causes cellulite is beyond a person’s control. For example, it’s believed estrogen triggers the thickening of fibrous septae. This may be why cellulite affects women are more than men.

That said, maintaining a healthy weight and diet is the best way to avoid cellulite. But it’s by no means a cure or a guarantee that cellulite won’t appear.

What Actually Works?

Cellulaze was the first minimally invasive laser treatment specifically designed to treat all three causes of cellulite and one of only a few procedures that provide long-lasting results after just one treatment.

After administering local anesthesia to the treatment area, a laser fiber is threaded through a cannula, or a long hollow needle, which is then inserted into a small incision and directed toward the treatment area.

The laser warms the nearby bulging fat deposits, effectively breaking up the fat. The laser also cuts down the rigid walls of the fibrous septae, smoothing the dimpling effect.

Finally, the laser energy is directed upward to gently heat the skin. This coagulates the collagen and encourages new collagen growth, which boosts skin thickness and elasticity.

Bodytite is a similar procedure with equally dramatic results. BodyTite uses radio-frequency energy to dissolve stubborn fat deposits and to contract and firm the skin.

This outpatient procedure is conducted with local anesthesia or light sedation, depending on the needs of the patient, and here’s the best part: because this procedure is minimally invasive, patients typically can expect less post-procedure discomfort and a faster recovery.

Bodytite is effective at treating cellulite just about anywhere on the body including the abdomen, arms, buttocks, hips, and thighs. BodyTite can effectively correct fat deposits and loose skin after just one treatment.

Other treatments are available, but they do not treat all three causes of cellulite simultaneously, and they do not all offer results after one treatment.

Acoustic wave therapy, for example, can reduce the appearance of cellulite, but several treatments are needed. Subcision is similar to Cellulaze and Bodytite in that it’s minimally invasive, but it does little to address bulging fat or loose skin.

Schedule Your Consultation!

The best ways to find out if Cellulaze or Bodytite is right for you is to meet with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.

The surgeons and staff at The Centre P.C. are dedicated to improving the lives of their patients. They’ll review all your options and create a personalized plan to help achieve your goals.

Schedule your consultation by calling 574-621-3108, or contact us online.


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Ronald K. Downs, M.D., F.A.C.S. founded The Centre, P.C. in Elkhart, Indiana in 1992. He is an active member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Downs is also a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Medical Association, The Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society, The Rush Surgical Society, and The Indiana State Medical Association where he serves on the board of directors and has served as the president from 2003 to 2004.

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Dr. Macias completed her plastic and reconstructive surgery residency training at Spectrum Health/Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is currently Board-Eligible with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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Patrick J. Viscardi, M.D. has been part of the surgical team at The Centre, P.C. since 1998. Dr. Viscardi graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a summa cum laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Viscardi completed his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Louisville, where he served as chief resident from 1994 to 1995.

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