Viewed from the outside, cellulite looks like a dimpling of the skin, giving it a kind of “cottage cheese” appearance. It usually appears on the back of the legs and the buttocks, but can sometimes also appear on the arms. 

For many, though, what causes it is a mystery. It doesn’t seem to relate to weight gain. So what’s behind it?

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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. 


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. 

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Am I A Candidate For Cellulite Treatments? 

Soliton® is one of the safest treatments available, making it suitable for practically anyone who wants to reduce cellulite. 

However, because it’s injectable, patients with a history of allergies should consult with Dr. Tanzi, Dr. Peters, or Dr. Shah beforehand. Similarly, pregnant and nursing women should seek alternative anti-cellulite procedures.  

Capital laser and skin care is the best dermatology practice I’ve ever been to. I’ve seen both Dr. Peters and Dr. Tanzi, who are both extremely intelligent, caring, highly skilled, practical – and gorgeous! The staff is excellent – very caring, skilled, excellent training, professional, and easy to talk to. I highly recommend Capital Laser to anyone seeking to take fabulous care of their skin. You will be in the best hands here.

Take the Next Step

Interested in learning more about cellulite treatments? We would love to speak with you. Please fill out the form on this page to request a consultation or call our Chevy Chase, MD office today at (301) 798-9699 to schedule your private consultation at our laser and cosmetic dermatology center, located just blocks away from Washington, D.C.