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Understanding Cellulite

First things first, let’s define cellulite. Cellulite refers to the dimpled or lumpy appearance of the skin, most commonly found on the thighs and buttocks of women. While cellulite isn’t a serious medical condition, it can be a source of frustration and self-consciousness for many individuals.

The Science Behind Cellulite

Contrary to popular belief, cellulite isn’t just excess fat. Instead, it’s a combination of factors involving fat deposits, connective tissue, and skin structure. Here’s a closer look at each component:

  1. Fat Deposits: Beneath the skin’s surface, there are layers of fat cells. In individuals with cellulite, these fat cells may protrude into the dermis, creating the classic dimpled appearance.
  2. Connective Tissue: Fibrous bands of connective tissue, known as septa, connect the skin to underlying muscle. When these septae become stiff or inflexible, they can pull down on the skin, contributing to the dimpled look of cellulite.
  3. Skin Structure: The thickness and elasticity of the skin also contributes to the appearance of cellulite. Thinner skin and decreased collagen levels can make cellulite more visible.

Understanding Cellulite

Who Gets Cellulite?

Cellulite doesn’t discriminate—it affects people of all shapes, sizes, and ages. While it’s more common in women than men, cellulite can occur in individuals of any gender. Factors such as genetics, hormones, lifestyle choices, and age can influence the development and severity of cellulite.

Managing Cellulite: Myth vs. Reality

In the quest to combat cellulite, there’s no shortage of products, treatments, and remedies promising quick fixes. From creams and scrubs to massages and surgical procedures, the options can be overwhelming. However, it’s essential to separate fact from fiction when it comes to managing cellulite.

  • Myth: Cellulite only affects overweight individuals.
  • Reality: Cellulite can occur in individuals of any body type, including those who are thin or athletic.
  • Myth: Topical creams can eliminate cellulite.
  • Reality: While some creams may temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite, they cannot eliminate it entirely.

So How Do I Get Rid Of It?

Here at Aviva, we have a couple of different options to help achieve smooth and contoured buttocks/thighs. Aveli is a treatment that reduces cellulite dimples by cutting the septa bands that pull the skin down. Morpheus8 is an RF microneedling device that can address skin laxity. Together these treatments can help reduce the overall appearance of cellulite. Another great complimentary treatment is a non-surgical BBL using hyper-dilute radiesse. This treatment can add volume and fill areas such as “hip dips”, making it the final touch to an overall rejuvenated look.

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