Weight Management and Cellulite
We hope you are doing well. This week we wanted to continue our weight management theme by discussing cellulite. Cellulite can often make women (men too but less regularly, and we will get into that in a bit) feel self conscious about their legs, bums, and tums. There is a lot of information about Cellulite out there and some of it can be misleading, therefore today we are going to discuss the ins and outs of cellulite.
So what is it? Well, in essence, cellulite is layers of fat under the skin that causes a dimpling appearance on the skin’s surface. The official definition is “deposits of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue (as in the thighs, hips, and buttocks) that give a puckered and dimpled appearance to the skin surface”.
Cellulite is created in two main ways. The first is through added weight on areas of the body that are prone to pocketing. The second is through genetic predisposition. The way your body stores fat contributes quite a bit to whether or not you have cellulite that shows. Many people associate cellulite with extra fat under the skin and, while that is the case, people who are a healthy weight can still have cellulite due to their genetics.
In both instances these are the components that cause cellulite to be visible. Firstly, there are fibrous bands in the area under the skin that cause valleys and dimpling by pulling on the skin. Secondly, excess fat pockets in these areas cause bulging. Thirdly, a thin, uneven dermis causes these valleys and bulges to show more freely. Here we have included a picture to make things clearer.
In addition women are far more likely to have cellulite than their male counterparts, which seems a bit unfair but is unavoidable really. This is down to how women and men store fat. In essence, women are more likely to store fat in the tummy, hips, buttocks, and thighs due to the body’s efforts to prepare for child bearing and subsequently have more fat reserves in general. Also women tend to have more fibrous tissues connecting their soft tissue to the dermis. Men can have cellulite but their chances of developing cellulite are much smaller.
There are some ways to get rid of cellulite. Losing weight will help as it reduces the amount of fat layered under the skin, but it may not get rid of the cellulite completely, due to any genetic predispositions we mentioned earlier. At this point, many people turn to creams and topical ointments or scrubs to get rid of cellulite. While this may reduce the appearance in the short term, ultimately the appearance of cellulite will return due to the fact that it was never really gone in the first place. Many topical creams that claim to eradicate cellulite do so by dehydrating or rehydrating the skin in that area, which will reduce the appearance of the webbing or pockets of the skinny evening the dermis. This only addresses one of the problems we discussed and does not sink deep enough to remove the bulging or pocketing that is caused under the dermis.
If you want to to get rid of cellulite, but you find that weight loss does not have the desired effect due to a genetic predisposition, you should consult your doctor. Here in Dr. Paschall’s office we have a state of the art system called the CelluSmooth. It is minimally invasive and effective with minimal down time and little bruising. It works by addressing the three causes of cellulite. Mode one called Burst Mode cuts through the fibrous bands to remove the valleys under the skin, mode two called Melt Mode melts the fat under the skin to remove the bulges and mode three called Tighten Mode heats the dermis to coagulate the skin in order to even out the visible dermis and regenerate any damaged areas.
So there we have it! If you are interested in CelluSmooth visit the website for more information. If you are in the Nashville area feel free to stop in the office for a consultation. We would love to see you.
Until next time!