The Causes Of Cellulite
Cellulite is just fat under the skin. However, it takes on its characteristic form because of the way the surrounding tissues tug on it.
Usually strong bands of tissue, called collagen septae, smoothly compartmentalize fat under the skin, giving it a uniform appearance. However, in patients with cellulite, these tough bands constrict the fat, causing it to bulge up towards the skin’s surface, leading to dimpling.
Hormones and genetics may also play a role in cellulite formation. Both of these factors can cause the body to change the structure of fat deposits under the skin, increasing the risk of the condition appearing. Even highly athletic people can develop it.
Treatments For Cellulite
Cellulite is famous for being stubborn. Once you have it, no amount of exercise or dieting seems to eliminate the problem.
Fortunately, Dr. Tanzi, Dr. Peters, and Dr. Shah provide a range of treatment options for you to explore.
Qwo® is an FDA-cleared anti-cellulite injectable that targets collagen bands under the skin. It is made of a substance that naturally breaks down collagen (called an enzyme), which results in a smoother appearance.
The wonderful thing about Qwo® is that it only targets the areas you want it to. At Capital Laser & Skin Care, we use it on the buttocks and the back of the legs. Because of the location of the injections, it tends to be more comfortable than, say, Botox® on the face. The enzyme, called collagenase, removes the collagen septae over time, getting rid of that annoying dimpling, without the need for surgery.
Soliton’s® new anti-cellulite treatment received FDA clearance in February 2021 and will be available for use in the Spring of 2021. The system relies on a technology called Rapid Acoustic Pulse (RAP) which uses sound waves to break up stubborn collagen fibers under the skin. Sessions at Capital Laser & Skin Care last around 40 to 60 minutes, after which all the cellulite-causing septa under the skin begin to break down.
Clinical studies show that RAP devices work as a short-term solution for cellulite. The treatment is also well-tolerated, with no serious adverse side effects.