You might call it dimples. You might think of it as the “cottage cheese” skin. However you refer to it, cellulite can be an unwelcome sight. It’s an unavoidable reality for many men and women, but thankfully, it’s treatable. In fact, cellulite reduction treatments have advanced considerably just in the past decade, offering a number of great ways to achieve a more even skin tone.
So what are the top cellulite reduction treatment options? Take a moment to consider the different solutions we provide to our patients here at Charlotte Plastic Surgery.
What is Cellulite?
Before we explore the top cellulite reduction treatment options, it may be helpful to step back and think about the issue more broadly.
Cellulite forms when fibrous bands, known as septae, begin to tighten irregularly. They pull down on the skin and let the normal layer of fat underneath the skin push up. This is what causes that lumpy, bumpy, “dimpling effect” or “cottage cheese” texture, type appearance.
Cellulite impacts women more often than men, due to differences in skin, fat, and muscle distribution. In fact, almost nine out of 10 adult women have cellulite somewhere on their bodies. The areas most commonly impacted by cellulite include the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
Something else to keep in mind regarding cellulite is that it tends to worsen with age. The reason for this is simple: As we get older, our skin loses some of its elasticity. As a result, it is less able to resist that irregular tension, as caused by the breakdown of the septae.
It is sometimes assumed that only overweight individuals experience cellulite, but this isn’t the case at all; even the leanest men and women may struggle with dimples. Also, note that weight loss is by no means a guaranteed way to eliminate the signs of cellulite.
Are You a Candidate for Cellulite Reduction?
That’s the quick version of what cellulite is and who it affects. Now, let’s get into the top cellulite reduction treatment options.
First and foremost, are you a good candidate to receive cellulite reduction treatments? If you have cellulite on your body and you are dissatisfied with your skin tone or overall physical appearance, then you may qualify for cellulite reduction. Note that cellulite reduction treatments tend to be most effective for patients who meet the following criteria:
- Not significantly overweight
- Happy with their current weight level and plan to maintain it
- In good overall physical health
- Have talked to their skincare provider and have realistic expectations about cellulite reduction results
On this last point, it’s worth stressing that the top cellulite reduction treatment options can significantly reduce the visibility of dimpling, resulting in skin tone and texture that you’re very happy with, however, even the most advanced treatments will not totally eliminate cellulite. It’s important to have realistic expectations in mind before you seek treatment.
Exploring the Top Cellulite Reduction Treatment Options
As for specific options for reducing dimpling, there are a number of treatments we can offer to our patients at CPS.
Beyond lasers, there are various other energy sources that may be used to reduce dimpling. For example, radiofrequency (RF) treatments and infrared light can both be used to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which smooths out your skin tone and minimizes the visible effects of cellulite.
One of the pros of these energy-based treatments is that they do not require any kind of incision, and are thus deemed to be non-invasive. As a result, there is usually little, to no downtime required following these procedures.
This is a new form of cellulite reduction treatment we just recently added to the list. The FDA recently approved the first of its kind, cellulite reduction injection designed specifically for women who have unwanted cellulite on their buttocks. The product is called QWO® and the injection is meant to reduce cellulite in as little as 10 weeks!
Plus, we are the first practice in the Charlotte, NC area to offer this treatment, so give us a call to see if this new treatment will work for you!
What About Topical Options?
Many patients ask us about topical solutions, such as creams and lotions, that are aimed at cellulite reduction.
While there are many excellent skin care products that promote collagen production, they tend to produce fairly gradual results. As such, we are happy to recommend them to anyone looking to improve the health and appearance of their skin, but if your goal is to ditch the dimples in a relatively short span of time, topical solutions may not be the optimal way to proceed.
Which Cellulite Reduction Treatments are Right for You?
As you consider these options, you might rightly wonder which one is best for you. To find out, we recommend making an appointment with us here at Charlotte Plastic Surgery. We would love to schedule you for a one-on-one consultation with one of our providers, where you can learn more about different treatments, ask any questions you might have, and develop a personalized action plan.
The reality is that there is no one-size-fits-all option. It all depends on the amount of cellulite you’re dealing with, the location of that cellulite, and your personal preferences. We’d love to sit down with you and help you make an informed decision about addressing cellulite and achieving a more even skin tone.
Make an Appointment at Charlotte Plastic Surgery
Cellulite is a fact of life… and yet, there are plenty of ways to minimize its appearance, and to feel fully confident in your own skin.
At Charlotte Plastic Surgery, we have a range of treatment options we can recommend to anyone looking to ditch the dimples. The first step is scheduling an appointment for a consultation. To make your appointment, reach out to CPS at your next opportunity.
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