What is Cellulite?

What is Cellulite?

Does the appearance of dimpled skin on your legs make you feel self-conscious in shorts or swimwear? If cellulite bothers you, you’ve probably tried over-the-counter remedies that don’t work. We’ll tell you a secret: they will never work! Why? Because cellulite isn’t a skin condition that can be addressed using topical products. What is cellulite? The answer will help you find solutions that actually work instead of wasting money on topicals and treatments that don’t provide results.

What is Cellulite?

Nearly 90 percent of women struggle with cellulite at some point during their lives. It’s a normal part of the aging process, like fine lines and wrinkles, and harmless. However, if you are tired of cellulite, you’ve probably dropped a significant amount of money trying to get rid of it. The problem with many products, particularly topical creams, is that they cannot adequately address the underlying cause of cellulite. Why is this? Cellulite starts beneath the skin and is comprised of irregular pockets of fat separated by connective tissue.

What Causes Cellulite?

Women of all shapes and sizes struggle with cellulite. However, there are a few lifestyle choices that can contribute to cellulite forming, including unhealthy diet, inadequate exercise, slow metabolism, and even hormones. Cellulite is also more noticeable in lighter skinned individuals. It’s important to note, however, that most doctors agree that cellulite usually runs in families. This means if your mother and grandmother had cellulite, you’re more likely to have it as well, regardless of lifestyle choices.

How to Get Rid of Cellulite

z-wave cellulite treatment before and after

*Individual results will vary from person to person.

Whether you’re just starting to notice cellulite or you’ve tried cellulite treatments and products with no luck, we can help you with your lumpy, dimply skin woes. Before we get into what works, let’s talk about what doesn’t work: topical cellulite creams.

Do Cellulite Creams Work?

Cellulite creams come in all brands and all price points. Most contain some type of ingredient that promises to increase circulation, improve collagen production, burn fat or control inflammation. Some of the most popular ingredients you may see include caffeine, retinol and vitamin C. Other ingredients range from the obscure, such as fisetin, to the strange, such as horsetail extract.

While cellulite creams may come in beautiful packages, they simply cannot live up to their amazing claims. If they provide any help at all, the results will be temporary and unsatisfactory. Something more lasting is needed.

Do Cellulite Treatments Work?

Of course, many other options exist for cellulite treatment. Some people swear by massage while others look to liposuction or other surgical treatments. Massage is performed to increase circulation, but this typically has little to no positive effect on cellulite. Liposuction removes fat cells but usually fail to correct dimpling. Lasers and shock-wave treatments provide the most promising results, although you will need more than one treatment to see the best results.

Z-Wave Cellulite Reduction in Indianapolis at the LASSI

Z-Wave cellulite reduction is a unique treatment that relies on radial shock-waves to break up fatty deposits, increase circulation, and improve collagen production to smooth out the skin and underlying tissues. It can be used to treat cellulite in the belly, upper arms, legs and buttocks. You will start seeing results after two or three treatments and may see full results in as little as six sessions. To keep up the results, you will need to return periodically for Z-Wave sessions.

Schedule a Consultation for Cellulite Reduction in Indianapolis

The LASSI is your place to find the best cellulite care. Each treatment is performed by experts in a safe and welcoming setting. Our board-certified dermatologic surgeon, Dr. C. William Hanke, is the top medical and cosmetic dermatology provider in Indiana and has been named a top doctor by U.S. News and World Report. Contact us at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana today to schedule a consultation.

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