What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a normal and harmless skin condition that can affect men as well as women.
It is more common in women, though, because of the different way that they store fat beneath the skin.
As normal fat cells accumulate under the skin, they push upwards into the spaces between the fibres that bind the skin to the underlying muscle.
This makes the skin surface appear uneven or dimpled, in a way that is sometimes described as having a ‘cottage cheese’ or ‘orange peel’ texture.
Cellulite is most common around the thighs and buttocks, though it may also appear on the upper arms, breasts and abdomen.
What causes cellulite?
The causes of cellulite are not fully understood, but may be due to a number of factors including genetics and hormones.
And it is not necessarily a sign of being unhealthy or overweight. The concern for most people with cellulite is to get rid of it because of the way it looks.
But while it doesn’t mean you are overweight – you can be thin and have cellulite – losing weight may help to make it less noticeable.
You may also be able to help prevent cellulite, to some extent at least, by maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle. Among other things, this means getting regular exercise and keeping to a low-fat diet.
Treatments for cellulite
But where cellulite is a persistent problem, we have a range of treatments that may help to reduce its appearance and leave your skin looking smoother and firmer:
- 3D Dermology
- Near Infrared (NIR) skin tightening
- Radiofrequency skin tightening.
3D Dermology is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that targets cellulite in any area of the body. It’s a cost-effective alternative to traditional liposuction, with a 3-dimensional approach that includes:
- ultrasound cavitation
- fat freezing (cryotherapy)
- radiofrequency skin tightening and
- Dermology (rolling the skin to reduce cellulite).
Carboxytherapy – also called carbon dioxide therapy (or CDT) – is a non-surgical, body-sculpting and skin-rejuvenation treatment. It uses injections of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) to stimulate oxygen uptake and increase collagen formation in skin cells.
Carboxytherapy is an increasingly popular treatment for cellulite and localised fat as well as for stretch marks, acne scars and ageing skin.
Near Infrared (NIR) skin tightening uses infrared light to heat the tissue under the skin’s surface. This causes collagen fibres to contract and the skin to tighten without damaging the surface of the skin.
This comfortable and pain-free treatment also improves the treated skin’s overall appearance, as the rejuvenated collagen cells help the skin to appear taut and youthful.
Radiofrequency skin tightening uses radio waves to heat fat cells deep beneath the skin, while keeping the outer layer cool. The heat helps to destroy the fat cells and break up the connecting tissue that causes cellulite.
The heat also stimulates the production of new collagen, helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and make the skin look softer.