Cellulite: it’s more common than you think. The vast majority of women (and some men) struggle with at least some minor “cottage cheese” or “orange peel” lumpy appearance of the skin, which is caused by fat cells pressing up against connective tissue and bulging through the skin. While cellulite can appear in many different areas of the body, it’s most commonly found on the thighs, buttocks, and arms.
Many people think that cellulite is closely linked to weight, but this is simply not true; anyone, whether they are slim, average, or overweight can be affected. Men tend to get cellulite less often than women due to a difference in collagen patterns in the skin, but they can still struggle with the problem. Regardless of when or how we get cellulite, the good news is that it isn’t dangerous to your health, but it can be frustrating and embarrassing to deal with. Cellulite can be difficult to treat, but fortunately there are some good cellulite treatments available that can help you banish it and achieve firm and smooth skin.
Some of the best procedures for treating cellulite are radiofrequency based. Dr. Hillelson offers two different types of radiofrequency cellulite treatments in Richmond, and the right choice for each person depends on a number of different factors that Dr. Hillelson will assess during the consultation. Let’s take a look at how each treatment works:
This treatment works by heating the layers of fatty tissue beneath the skin, causing the body’s collagen to contract and create smoother skin in the treatment area without disturbing the upper layers of skin or causing ongoing irritation. This radiofrequency heating then causes a metabolic response, and the lymphatic system works to flush material contributing to cellulite out of the body. More collagen is produced following treatment of the stimulation from the handpiece energy. Because of this, patients will see improvement in the weeks following the procedure. This treatment typically takes under one hour to complete and involves minimal discomfort.
Also using a radiofrequency handpiece to heat the area to be treated, Thermage also has a cooling device that helps protect the skin during the treatment. Thermage is intended to tighten and lift the area, as well as address localized fatty tissue. Collagen production is stimulated, and patients can expect to start seeing results in about 8-12 weeks, as the body disposes of unwanted tissue related to the cellulite targeted.
Unfortunately, diet and exercise often don’t cut it when it comes to cellulite since the problem is not caused by excess weight. However, maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle can improve overall skin quality, circulation and the total amount of fat, which can all help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Some women find that using a foam roller during exercises can help improve the appearance of cellulite, and just moving more overall can help improve circulation, a factor in cellulite.
Sugar is dangerous to collagen in the skin, and maintaining a healthy diet with few refined ingredients is just one of many factors in achieving overall health and a youthful appearance. UV rays can damage the collagen in skin too, so it’s important to practice good habits when it comes to sun protection as well.
Are There Any Downsides to Cellulite Treatment?
Cellulite treatments are very safe and have very low risk for complications. Most treatments can be performed in under one hour, and there is absolutely no downtime associated with the procedures. Results become apparent in the weeks and months following the treatment(s). Radiofrequency treatments for cellulite are safe for all skin types, and for both men and women. Patients do need to be aware of the realities of treatment, however, and note that results may vary—everyone responds differently to the treatments.
Discuss Your Options
If you’re fed up with cellulite, you’re not alone. At Hillelson-Whipple Clinic, it’s our goal to give you every chance to improve your aesthetics, self-esteem, and your life! If you’d like to learn more about cellulite treatment options with Dr. Hillelson at our Richmond, VA offices, call 804-290-0060 to schedule your consultation!