What Causes Cellulite and How You Can Now Get Rid of It

If you’re troubled by the appearance of cellulite on your body, you’re not alone: Most women (and even a substantial number of men) can see its dimpled effects somewhere on their bodies, and the common desire to get rid of it has helped create a thriving marketplace for all sorts of anti-cellulite treatments. 

But before you invest a considerable amount of money, time, and hope in treatments that can’t deliver what they promise, it’s important to understand what cellulite is, how it develops, what won’t make it go away, and how you can make it disappear.  

Cellulite 101

Cellulite may look distinct, but it actually isn’t any different from normal fat. Its conspicuous appearance comes from how it’s pushed up against connective tissue, causing pronounced dimples in your skin. Its look is often likened to the texture of an orange peel or cottage cheese.  

Contrary to the widespread belief that cellulite is mainly an older, heavier woman’s problem, anyone can develop the condition. Adolescents, men, and even slim, fit people also have it. 

Older women are more likely to develop cellulite because of normal age-related hormonal changes. These unwelcome changes diminish skin strength and elasticity and accelerate the breakdown of the very connective tissues that keep your skin looking smooth and uniform.

Cellulite usually appears on the thighs, buttocks, hips, belly, upper arms, or chest. While women may be more likely to get it on their hips or upper thighs, men are more likely to see it on their bellies.   

Cellulite treatment myths

Just as there are misconceptions surrounding what cellulite is and who gets it, there are many false notions about how you can make it go away.  

While it’s true that diet and exercise can help you diminish cellulite by promoting fat loss and toning underlying muscles, there’s no guarantee that hitting your target weight will leave you cellulite-free. 

Likewise, applying costly skin-firming creams may temporarily thicken your skin to camouflage minor bumps and dimples, but the effects tend to be short-lived and insignificant. 

Some people turn to surgical liposuction in a bid to get rid of unwanted cellulite, but liposuction is designed to sculpt and shape your body, not change the appearance of cellulite. In fact, removing select pockets of unwanted fat sometimes makes remaining areas of cellulite more obvious

The ThermiSmooth® solution

Thankfully, ongoing advances in aesthetic medicine have now made it possible to diminish the appearance of cellulite safely, effectively, and naturally.

ThermiSmooth Body uses a specialized handpiece to transmit both superficial and deep levels of therapeutic, nonablative radiofrequency (RF) energy across the surface of your skin and down into the underlying connective tissues. 

As the gentle energy heats the targeted cells, it stimulates rapid cell turnover and triggers the skin renewal process, prompting your body to dramatically increase its production of collagen and elastin. Collagen is the “building-block” protein that gives your skin its structure; elastin is the protein that helps your skin retain its shape. 

In the weeks following your ThermiSmooth Body treatment, as the collagen remodeling and elastin renewal process continues, you’ll notice increasingly smoother, tighter skin with fewer bumps, lumps, and dimples.  

Versatile, quick, and painless

ThermiSmooth Body can treat unwanted areas of cellulite virtually anywhere on your body — it’s safe to use on the chest, back, arms, abdomen, flanks, hips, buttocks, thighs, calves, and ankles. Despite its remarkable versatility, many people use it to target the most common areas of cellulite — the hips, buttocks, and thighs. 

The procedure itself is quick and painless. In fact, most people say it’s as relaxing as a hot stone massage. Before it gets underway, we use markers to divide the treatment area into smaller areas of focus. Then, we pass the device back and forth across each small zone, moving section by section until the entire area is complete. 

A single ThermiSmooth Body treatment lasts an average of 45 minutes, and most people see optimal results after a series of 4-6 sessions spread out over the course of about 8 weeks. Even better, this quick, noninvasive procedure comes with absolutely no downtime, so you can jump right back into your day right after each treatment.  

Having cellulite may be the norm, but you don’t have to live with it. We’ve helped countless people reduce the appearance of cellulite safely and effectively, and we can help you, too. Call our office in Kansas City, Missouri today, or use the easy online tool to schedule a consultation with Dr. Towle any time.