If you’re frustrated by lumpy, dimpled skin around your thighs or buttocks, you’re not alone. As many as 90% of women have some degree of cellulite. Though cellulite is harmless, it’s often a source of distress or embarrassment. Fortunately, you have effective treatment options to help!

What Causes Cellulite?

Cellulite is the name for a dimpled, uneven, or lumpy appearance of the skin. It can occur on the thighs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, or breasts. Cellulite occurs when buildups of fat push against the connective tissues under your skin. This tension creates a dimpled appearance, and it can also be more noticeable if your skin is thin and shows the rippled texture of the tissues underneath.

Though cellulite is related to fat buildup, people at a healthy weight can have it too. Hormones and genetics can predispose you to cellulite, and age or excess fat tends to make it worse. Women are much more prone to cellulite than men because of their different fat distribution.

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How is Cellulite Treated?

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for cellulite. You can reduce its appearance, however. Since excess fat can contribute to cellulite, maintaining a healthy weight and building muscle can improve the condition. 

You can also reduce cellulite by improving your skin’s texture and elasticity. Topical treatments can be helpful for this but may not provide the results you’re looking for. At Capital Laser & Skin Care, our dermatologists offer effective cellulite treatments for a smooth, sculpted look.


RESONIC™ uses RAP technology or Rapid Acoustic Pulses. Your Capital Laser provider will use the RESONIC™ device to acoustic waves to the treatment area. This shockwave vibrates through the cellulite tissues and breaks apart fibrous septae, the tension-causing bands that pull down on your skin. 

By breaking apart the septae, RESONIC™ releases tension and leaves the skin smoother. The treatment also stimulates collagen production, which can improve your skin’s overall health and elasticity over time.


Sofwave™ is a skin tightening treatment that uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production. It’s also FDA-cleared to reduce the appearance of cellulite. During a Sofwave™ treatment, ultrasound energy targets the deeper skin layers and triggers collagen production. Since collagen is an essential fiber that gives your skin structure and support, increased collagen can make your skin smoother and firmer.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Cellulite Treatment?

Most people who want to reduce cellulite are good candidates for one of these treatments. RESONIC™ and Sofwave™ are safe, non-invasive options ideal for overall healthy adults. Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Dr. Geeta Shah, or Dr. Tania Peters will help you determine if these treatments are right for you during a detailed consultation.

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 First Step

Interested in learning more about Sofwave™ and RESONIC™? 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.