Cellulite or skin dimpling is a common condition that affects about 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men. This can develop on the hips, thighs and buttocks, as well as on the upper arms and lower abdomen.


The exact cause of cellulite is not known, but it is said to occur due to the fat and tissue buildup below the skin and its interaction with the skin’s connective tissue. There are also a number of factors that can contribute to skin dimpling. This is further discussed in our previous blog about what causes cellulite.

Many of those with cellulite (especially visible and deeper skin dimples), consider this condition a curse and want to get rid of it. If you have the same concern, it is only important to start adopting healthy habits and avoiding those that make your cellulite worse.

Here are some things that can make skin dimpling more visible and your treatment options for reducing its appearance. 

Eating unhealthy foods

A diet high in sugar, fat, and refined carbs can lead to excess body weight, which can worsen the appearance of cellulite. The same is also true for foods high in salt or sodium, which increases water retention. This leads to bloating and more water weight, making cellulite more noticeable. 

Sitting all the time

Extra weight is usually associated with lack of physical activity, which can then make existing cellulite more visible. Sitting most of the time, furthermore, negatively affects your muscle tone and skin firmness. This can also weaken your blood vessels and lead to water retention, which is known to make skin dimpling worse.

Being dehydrated

Without enough water, toxins can build up in the fat cells, making it harder for the body to metabolize them. This can contribute to orange skin texture and make your existing cellulite worse. Drinking plenty of water can help the body metabolize stored fat, as well as eliminate toxin and conceal skin dimpling through thicker skin.

Wearing tight clothing

If you already have cellulite, tight fitting clothing like compression-style pants or leggings can negatively affect its appearance. This is especially true for those that limit blood and cut off circulation to your thighs or legs. Some tight clothing can also lead visible marks on the skin, causing damage and more cellulite.

Overexposure to sun (or sunbathing)

Sun rays damage the skin by breaking down both collagen and elastin fibers, making cellulite more visible. Overexposure to sun can also rob the skin of much needed moisture, causing the skin to crack and wrinkle over time. This then accelerates aging and makes skin dimpling look deeper. 

Yo-yo dieting

Constantly putting on and losing weight (or vice versa) can make your skin more prone to developing cellulite. This is because repeated stretching and shrinking of the skin can damage your collagen fibers and elastic structure. This can make the skin look uneven, as well as worsen the appearance of existing skin dimpling. 

What are your treatment options?

Apart from avoiding the things mentioned about, it is also a good idea to consider non-invasive cellulite reduction procedures. Keep reading to learn more about your treatment options and what you can expect from them.

Acoustic Shockwave

Acoustic Shockwave is a US FDA-cleared non-invasive procedure that can help break down fat and minimize the appearance of cellulite. Here at Cutis Medical Laser Clinics, we have the two clinically proven acoustic shockwave therapies in the market: BTL X Wave and Zimmer Z Wave.

Both X Wave and Z Wave use a handheld device that delivers acoustic shockwave. This causes vibration and pressure to the connective tissues, which then breaks down the buildup of cellulite’s cell structures. These vibrations can also make the tissue softer and more active, increasing the elasticity of the epidermis.

The treatment can take about 15 to 60 minutes depending on the treated area. It also has no recovery or downtime, making it an ideal option for busy patients. You may also be glad to know that acoustic shockwave therapy can deal with other skin concerns like laxity and stretch marks.

Exilis Ultra 360

Exilis Ultra is a US FDA-cleared device that uses radiofrequency waves and ultrasound energy to heat specific layers of skin. This assists in melting the fat underneath and stimulating new collagen production. It can help address different body skin concerns, reduce fat, as well as tighten the skin on the face.

Exilis features a hand piece that safely emits monopolar radiofrequency energy that penetrates the deep layer of the skin. It also has a controlled cooling mechanism that helps protect the skin while the heat energy treats the fat layer. This ensures maximum safety throughout the procedure.

Studies suggest that Exilis is proven to tighten skin, contour tissue, eliminate fat, and improve the skin’s appearance without any cuts, downtime. You can read our previous post to learn more about this non-invasive skin tightening for the face and body.

Schedule a Consultation and Body Assessment Today

Don’t let cellulite bother you. Contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore today and schedule your body assessment and consultation with our Harvard-trained aesthetic doctor, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez. This is to find out which non-invasive cellulite treatment is right for you.