What Causes Cellulite and How Can I Get Rid of It?

What causes cellulite and how you can get rid of it with Pelleve treatment at Suite 200 MedSpa in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Blame it on the fact that you’re a woman. Blame genetics. Blame sitting at a desk all day. Two out of three of the biggest cellulite culprits are out of your control, but there are steps you can take to minimize the appearance of that dimply, orange-peel skin.

Here at Suite 200 MedSpa in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, we take cellulite seriously, and we offer solutions that seriously work to reduce cellulite. Our patients often ask Dr. Thomas Lanchoney, “What causes cellulite, and how can I get rid of it?”

We want to clear up any misconceptions about cellulite and offer real solutions that leave your skin tighter, smoother, and younger-looking, without surgery or downtime.

Cellulite 101: Causes and risk factors

Let’s start with the basics: Cellulite is that dimply skin that typically appears on your thighs, buttocks, hips, and even your abdomen. If you’re a woman, you might first notice cellulite when you’re a teenager, thanks to genetics and hormones.

How cellulite forms

Cellulite is the result of an interaction between the layer of fat and connective tissue that lies below the surface of your skin. As fat cells accumulate in an area — like your thighs or buttocks — the fat layer pushes outward as the connective tissue pulls downward, creating an uneven appearance on the surface of your skin.

Women’s fat cells and connective tissue are arranged vertically, whereas men’s connective tissue has a crisscrossed structure. When fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, you see the visible dimples of the fat layer pushing against the connective tissue. The effect is much more visible in women because of the inherent framework that’s not very competent at restraining the accumulated fat cells.  

Hormones play a role

While the exact cause of cellulite isn’t clear, we do know that hormones likely contribute to the development of cellulite. Estrogen, insulin, and thyroid hormones are all thought to be part of the cellulite formation process.

Diet and lifestyle are contributing factors

Dietary and lifestyle factors might also contribute to the appearance of cellulite. An unhealthy diet doesn’t cause cellulite directly, but if you regularly consume too much fat, carbs, and salt, you’re contributing to your cellulite problem. Additionally, if you lead an inactive lifestyle, you increase your risk of developing cellulite.

How to get rid of unsightly cellulite

Losing weight, eating healthy, and staying active can help, but just because you shed some pounds, it’s not a guarantee that those unattractive areas of cellulite will improve. Fortunately, advanced technology can enhance your efforts.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there are a handful of noninvasive treatments that successfully reduce the appearance of cellulite by breaking up the bands of connective tissue close to the skin’s surface.

Here at Suite 200 MedSpa, Dr. Lanchoney recommends PelleFirm by CynoSure® — a noninvasive radiofrequency (RF) treatment that safely heats tissue and temporarily reduces the appearance of cellulite.

How the PelleFirm system works

When you’re receiving a treatment, this innovative RF system feels like a hot stone massage, so there’s no pain involved. As your provider moves the handpiece over the surface of your skin, RF energy penetrates to the deeper layers of fat and connective tissue. The massaging action combines with the generated heat to naturally move fluid away from cellulite-prone areas. Your body then flushes these fluids through your lymphatic system.

PelleFirm is safe for nearly all skin types and for reducing the appearance of cellulite on your problem areas, including your:

Dr. Lanchoney recommends a series of biweekly treatments that typically last about an hour, based on your individual needs. After PelleFirm treatments, you’ll enjoy the benefits of having smoother, more youthful-looking skin. There’s no downtime, no recovery period, and you can easily schedule PelleFirm sessions just like you’d include a massage or facial in your busy week.

Many of our patients find that the results of PelleFirm last six months or more, and they simply come in for touch-up treatments as needed after their initial sessions.

If you’re unwilling to accept the cellulite cards that genetics dealt you, PelleFirm treatments at Suite 200 MedSpa can help. Find out more by calling our friendly, knowledgeable staff at 610-526-9000, or book a consultation online today. Your personalized treatment is waiting.

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