Oct 24 2016

What Causes Cellulite?

Causes of Cellulite - Mystic, CT - Treatment

Woman with smooth, firm skinCellulite is a problem that affects a significant portion of the population - particularly women. About 90 percent of women complain that they experience some degree of cellulite. This condition makes the skin look dimpled and lumpy. There are many cosmetic treatments, such as liposuction, that can eliminate excess fat, but these treatments do not always improve the appearance of cellulite.

Dr. Daniella Duke offers effective cellulite treatment that improves the tone, texture, and appearance of the skin. This treatment is successful because it addresses the causes of cellulite, providing our Mystic, CT patients with an effective, long-term solution for smoother, firmer skin.

What Causes Cellulite?

There is a common misconception that cellulite is a result of excess fat tissues. In reality, cellulite is not about how many fat cells a patient has, but how they form. Cellulite can affect a woman who is within her ideal weight range just as easily as one who is overweight. Cellulite forms when collagen cords, also known as fibrous septae, become woven between the fat cells. This creates close, tightly bound collections of fat cells that make the skin look rough and dimpled. There are many theories as to what causes these collagen cords to develop.

Below are some of the most probable factors that contribute to the formation of cellulite:

  • Hormones: The fact that cellulite primarily affects women is a good indication that hormones are largely responsible for this condition. Some hormones that are believed to play a role in the development of cellulite include estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, and thyroid hormones.
  • Genetics: Although there has not been a specific link found between certain genes and cellulite, the likelihood of cellulite development is higher in those whose relatives also experience the condition.
  • Diet: Even though cellulite may not be linked to a person’s weight, there are indications that diet may be a factor. Women in less industrialized countries have far fewer instances of cellulite. This raises the possibility that cellulite may be related to inadequate nutrition or an excess of processed foods.
  • Lifestyle factors: There are many lifestyle factors that may contribute to cellulite. Some of these include smoking, low activity levels, and sitting or standing in one positon for extended periods of time.

Treating Cellulite

Unfortunately, once cellulite forms, it does not always respond to changes in diet or exercise. The ideal way to minimize the appearance of cellulite and improve skin texture is to break up the collagen cords that create these bundles of fat cells. Dr. Duke is able to do that for patients through the administration of Accent VShape treatment. This non-surgical procedure uses radiofrequency energy to break up fibrous septae and improve skin texture. With six skin treatments, patients typically see a dramatic improvement in the appearance of the skin.

Schedule an Appointment

Cellulite compromises the appearance of the skin and leaves many women feeling self-conscious about their bodies. If you are interested in smoothing and toning dimpled skin, Dr. Daniella Duke can help. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about Accent VShape cellulite treatment.

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