Cellulite in Washington, DC
What Is Cellulite?
Cellulite, or dimpling of the skin surface due to underlying fat, can be a signficant concern for many patients. Cellulite is not caused specifically by the presence of fat, but the fibrous septae that run within fat, providing structure to areas of fat and helping to anchor more superficial areas of fat and the skin to deeper structures as a type of scaffolding. These thick fibrous septae within fat have little ability to stretch the way our skin does. Small increases in the subcutaneous fat content in a certain area can lead to increased tension on these septae, which, due to their attachment to the dermis underlying our skin, causes various amounts of dimpling due to the inward pull on the skin overlying these areas of fat.
Who Is Affected By Cellulite?
Generally, women are affected by cellulite to a greater extent than men. This is believed to be due to different fat distribution patterns of the female body due to female hormones. There may be a genetic component to cellulite, however this is not fully understood at this point. Generally women first notice cellulite in their twenties to thirties, when shifts in fat distribution occur, resulting in an increase in fat in the buttocks area.
What Can Be Done To Reduce The Appearance Of Cellulite?
As one of the most common cosmetic problems reported by women, there has been much attention dedicated to this condition over the years, resulting in the development of many ‘treatments’, some effective, some not-so-effective, for cellulite. What is known is that, due to the deep subcutaneous (below-the-skin) causes of cellulite, no cream or other topical agent will have any effect on the reduction of cellulite.
Over the years, mechanical therapies have been developed, which attempt to use mechanical massage with or without suction to both stretch the fibrous septae and locally reduce the amount of fat around an area of cellulite to reduce the appearance of dimpling in localized areas. This Velasmooth procedure is moderately effective in reducing cellulite, however many treatment are required and results may be temporary.
Another procedure which has gained in popularity is Radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening. The Ultherapy procedure uses RF energy to gently deliver energy to the skin, resulting in skin tightening in the treated area, reducing the appearance of skin dimpling in areas of cellulite.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Cellulite Reduction?
While cellulite can prove very difficult to treat and has a high recurrence rate, we have had success with our Velasmooth treatments for reduction of the appearance of localized cellulite as well as Ultherapy treatments to tighten the skin in the areas affected by cellulite. Highly localized areas of cellulite are more responsive to these treatments than widely distributed cellulite.
If you would like more information on cellulite reduction treatments or find out if you are a good candidate for cellulite reduction please contact us or call 202-966-8814 to schedule a complimentary consultation.