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Are you frustrated by a dimpled rear when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror? You are part of a large club. It doesn’t matter whether you are overweight, thin, athletic, young, or middle-aged, you can still have cellulite. In fact, most women have cellulite. Today, treatments promise to smooth out the imperfections. But which ones really work?
First, it is important to know what cellulite is and what causes it. Cellulite appears when fat bulges through the vertical connective tissues that anchor you skin in place. Genetics and the anatomy of your skin play an important role in the formation of cellulite. There is no magic cure for cellulite and some people are more responsive to specific treatment than others. To reach your goals, you may want to try a combination of approaches.
Although losing a few extra pounds can enhance your overall appearance and benefit your health, improving muscle tone may be a more direct way to iron out cellulite. Strengthening and flexibility-building exercises like Pilates and yoga can stretch your underlying muscles, helping to create a smoother surface. This is not to say that excess fat does not matter at all. Many overweight people do note a difference when they lose fat. But it is important to focus on working the muscles as well.
Radiofrequency devices deliver heat energy to the deep layers of the skin, causing the destruction of excess fat and prompting new collagen production. The non-surgical treatment can help improve the structure of the constricting fibrous bands. No downtime is necessary after a treatment. Multiple sessions are recommended for optimal results.
Injectable fillers can be used help correct depressions in the skin. Sculptra is a temporary filler that can be excellent for spot treatments. When injected a filler will add volume to dimpled areas, producing instant results. Although dermal fillers do not require downtime, you may need to avoid sitting for a couple of hours immediately after injections.
Diet, exercise, and other treatments have their limitations. Cellfina is an FDA-cleared treatment that targets the fibrous bands that cause to skin to pucker. During a treatment, the connective bands are released, changing the structural characteristics of the tissue. Unsightly dimples become less prominent, creating a more uniform look. A Cellfina treatment does not require surgical incisions and the procedure can be completed in about 45 minutes to an hour. Most patients report visible improvement within a few days. The results are enduring and may last for up to 3 years.
If you are like millions of others who are bothered by cellulite, you have options. At Advanced Dermatology, we offer a range of non-surgical cosmetic treatments to improve your skin and appearance. To learn more about the newest and most effective treatments for cellulite, contact one of our New York or New Jersey offices today to schedule a consultation. We are conveniently located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.