You eat right, exercise, and change your lifestyle to achieve a healthier weight. Unfortunately, while the extra fat on your thighs and mid-section went away, the cellulite remained. Why does this sometimes happen? First, know that weight loss can reduce the appearance of unwanted cellulite. This is because the dimpled appearance of cellulite is caused by fat cells that strain against connective tissue. When these fat cells are depleted, there is less pressure. However, losing weight can sometimes make the appearance of cellulite worse. Lose skin, which often accompanies weight loss, can make cellulite more noticeable.
A Breakdown of Cellulite
Cellulite is not harmful or a skin disease. Instead, it’s a very common cosmetic skin condition that is known to create a dimply effect on certain areas of the hips, abdomen, legs, and buttocks. At some point in their lives, nearly all women will experience some degree of cellulite. This is because of the way the layers of skin are composed.
Under the top-most layers of skin (epidermis and dermis) there are fat cells that store excess energy. There are also bands of connective tissue that connect to the top layers of skin and run vertically across the fat cells. These connective tissue bands have small chambers inside that provide plenty of room for fat cells to expand to a normal size.
However, if these fat cells expand past a ‘normal’ size, these chambers become too overcrowded causing the fat cells to press against the connective tissue and skin. This can result in unsightly bulges and dimpling of the skin. Cellulite is categorized into several grades based on its severity with grade three being the most severe.
Treating Stubborn Cellulite
When weight loss is unsuccessful in reducing the appearance of cellulite, other treatment options may work. Start by adding a product to your daily skin care routine that is specifically formulated to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellu(e)rase with Caffeine by Dr. Sylvia Skin Care is one such product designed to reduce cellulite and slim the look of the legs, thighs, and hips.
Cellu(e)rase is a contouring gel formulated with caffeine to boost body circulation and invigorate the skin. The product also contains certain moisture-locking ingredients like aloe leaf and seaweed to help hydrate and revitalize skin for a smoother, firmer look. If dimpling is a problem, Cellu(e)rase may help. The gel contains a unique form of vitamin B known as Niacinamide that attracts water to skin to reduce the look of dimpling.
When used in combination with certain body treatments, Cellu(e)rase can be even more successful in eliminating cellulite. Acoustic Shockwave is a non-invasive procedure that has been FDA-cleared and proven to reduce cellulite and stimulate collagen production for firmer, smoother, and more elastic skin. During treatment, a handpiece causes pressure and vibrations within the connective tissues that increase blood circulation and collagen production.
Get Help with Cellulite
Need help getting started with your cellulite treatment? Contact Dr. Sylvia Ramirez to learn how a combination of Cellu(e)rase and Acoustic Shockwave treatments can give you the smoother, firmer skin you desire.