Cellulite Removal: Facts to Know Before Any Treatments

The road to a soft, silky, and glowing skin is not always smooth. As people grow older, dimples and bumps may appear on the skin. The unfortunate fact is that women, who are always sensitive about their figure and looks, are more likely to plague with such conditions.

It is not a health issue or an ideal condition either. This makes the women frustrated and they go all out to get it remedied This write-up aims to dwell on some essential facts and the ways to treat cellulite removal.

What is cellulite?

It is a bumpy or dimpled appearance that some individuals have on thighs, bottoms, and bellies. As the distribution of fat cells, muscles, and connecting tissues are different in women than men, women are more prone to this.

Men have a crisscross pattern tissue structure, while for women it is almost vertical. The deposition of fat beneath the skin pushes the connecting tissues and causes ripples and unevenness on the skin surface. This is known as cellulite.

What causes cellulite?

Our skin has three layers: epidermis or the outer layer; dermis the layer just below the outer layer and containing connective tissues, hair follicles, & sweat glands; and hypodermis, the deepest layer containing fat and connective tissues.

While the exact cause of cellulite formation is not known, the doctors think that it is mostly caused due to bulging of the fat cells underneath the skin and their interaction with the connective tissues in the dermatological layer.

Grades of cellulite

Cellulite is divided into four grades as per the severity.

  • Grade 1: This is not visible to the naked eye. Changes occur below the skin surface. Only microscopic examination can detect this.
  • Grade 2: The skin becomes a bit pale. The elasticity of the skin is also decreased without any visible roughness or orange peel.
  • Grade 3: Over and above the signs of grade 2 lumps and bumps become evident on the skin.
  • Grade 4: It is the last stage. It is associated with a wavy appearance with prominent dimples. Sometimes there are painful lumps as well.

Cellulite treatment options

There are a variety of options available for cellulite removal. Here are some of them.

Cryolipolysis

This is also known as CoolSculpting. This is a non-invasive procedure that kills the fat cells by freezing which helps to improve cellulite. Multiple sittings are required to get the desired results.

Laser treatment

This is a minimally invasive method. It uses laser beams to break the fibrous bands that hold the fat cells and liquefy the fat. It also stimulates collagen growth and helps to tighten the skin. Combine with liposuction and massage it yields effective results.

Radiofrequency treatment

This is a noninvasive energy-based procedure. Radiofrequency beam can penetrate deep into the skin. When applied this liquefies the fat and also improves skin condition.

Acoustic wave therapy

In this procedure sound waves are used through a transducer for breaking up the cellulite.

Surgery

In such cases, the doctors use needles, blades, etc. to separate the connecting tissue under the skin for improving the condition.