What affects the vast majority of women and even some men, no matter their size and shape?

Cellulite.

If you’re self-conscious about dimply thighs, you’re not alone: More than 90% of women and 10% of men will be faced with it at some point in their lives, even if they don’t notice it yet. While cellulite can’t be improved with a miracle cream and can be difficult to treat, luckily, the experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology specialize in the cellulite treatments proven to smooth the skin. We have conducted numerous FDA clinical studies on a variety of methods to treat this condition and Dr. Goldman has actually written the definitive textbook, “Cellulite,” now in its second edition.

What is cellulite?

Dimpled Skin Treatment La JollaCellulite is the dimpled or bumpy skin commonly found on the thighs and buttocks and is also found on the hips, abdomen, and arms. It’s the fibrous tissue that connects the skin to muscle. As fat cells increase and grow, they push through this connective tissue and against the skin, making the area appear lumpy or dimpled. Since women tend to have more of this connective tissue than men, it’s often more obvious in women; however, men can have it as well. It also tends to appear more noticeable in older or heavier people; however, young and thin people can also have cellulite.

Cellulite is not life-threatening, but it can make sufferers feel self-conscious and it can be extremely stubborn to improve. However, finding the right cellulite treatment in the hands of an expert can improve the skin’s appearance while also restore confidence and put your mind at ease.

What causes cellulite?

It’s easy to blame your genes; if your mother had noticeable cellulite, chances are higher that you will, too. Women tend to develop cellulite more often than men simply because they’re built differently – specifically, fat, muscle, and connective tissue are distributed differently in men and women. Fat storage in women is necessary for pregnancy and lactation. So, a woman’s body stores fat in honeycombs which can cause dimpling of the skin over time.

Additionally, other factors may affect the appearance of cellulite, such as dehydration, your overall body fat and even the thickness and color of your skin – the lighter the skin, the more noticeable your cellulite.

Cellulite Smoothing Treatments

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Just because you have dimples it doesn’t mean you have to be self-conscious about these problem areas forever. Keep in mind, there are many creams available that make bold claims that they diminish and even eliminate cellulite. These creams narrow blood vessels and remove water from the skin. Sounds great, right? Not so fast. The effects only last a few hours and, not only are these creams ineffective on cellulite, but they may also harm people allergic to the prescription drug, aminophylline, and harm those with circulatory conditions.

The Best Treatments to Diminish Cellulite

Laser therapy

FDA-approved light-therapy cellulite treatments include TriActive. TriActive uses a low-level laser to suction and manipulate the skin to address cellulite. Although effective, it requires multiple treatment sessions and maintenance over time, which makes it expensive.

Sculptra®

While Sculptra is commonly used as a facial filler, it’s also a great treatment for reducing cellulite. Sculptra stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen which can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Cellfina™

Cellfina is an FDA-approved minimally invasive treatment to smooth the top layers of the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Additionally, clinical trials show Cellfina improves the appearance of cellulite for at least a year, the longest FDA-clearance for a cellulite treatment.

Cellfina addresses the root cause of cellulite – the connective bands that pull down the skin and create dimples. During the quick 30 to 45 minute procedure, the connective bands are snipped using a special device. Although some patients reported soreness and bruising, many reported feeling minimal pain afterward.

Future Treatments

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology’s Research Department has been conducting clinical studies on a new injectable product from Endo Pharmaceuticals that can diminish or erase cellulite for years. FDA approval of this procedure should occur in late 2019 – early 2020. Dr. Goldman has been the lead investigator since 2011 on this project.

Learn more about Cellulite Treatments

While cellulite may be a stubborn problem, the truth is you don’t have to live with it. Contact our cellulite specialists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology and schedule a consultation to find out what options can restore your skin’s smoothness.

 

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