What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite is not caused by excessive weight gain or even poor diet. Instead, it has to do with how your body stores fat.
The body produces small compartments called collagen septae to store fat. These structures are helpful because they prevent fat from sloshing around when you move. In normal circumstances, these compartments do not tug on the fat they contain. So, as viewed from outside, the skin looks smooth.
However, in some cases, septae can squeeze fat, causing it to bulge outward toward the skin. When this happens, it produces the cellulite’s characteristic dimpling.
Effective Cellulite Treatments
Drs. Tanzi, Shah and Peters are proud to offer their patients two effective treatments to combat cellulite: Qwo® and RESONIC™. Capital Laser & Skin Care are the first in their area to provide these revolutionary cellulite treatments.
Qwo® is an FDA-cleared, enzyme-based injectable that breaks down collagen bands under the skin. When it comes into contact with septae, it accelerates a chemical reaction which breaks down their walls, causing them to loosen their grip on the fat that they contain. This process then reduces visible dimpling at the surface.
Qwo® is a localized treatment, meaning that it only targets the areas that you want to address. Results appear in around ten weeks. Most patients require three separate treatments, spaced three weeks apart.
RESONIC™ is a new treatment from the leading cosmetic technology company, Soliton. It works by delivering high-pressure acoustic shockwaves to cellulite at a rate of around 100 pulses per second. These pulses are called RAP (Rapide Acoustic Pulses™). These waves of energy lead to physical changes in the structure of collagen septae, encouraging them to loosen and break down, without damaging any of the surrounding tissue.
Previously, plastic surgeons used the technology for tattoo removal in conjunction with Q-Switched lasers. However, it now has FDA clearance to treat cellulite too.