As we look forward to Summer, many people are rethinking their fitness goals. In many instances, the primary objective of losing weight is to look better. Looking better doesn’t just mean being slimmer. That’s only the beginning. We also often expect some degree of muscle tone and body contouring. There is also a strong desire among women to see the dimples on their legs, buttocks, and other areas of the body decrease. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Is liposuction the answer? We’ll discuss that here.
The Tricky Problem of Cellulite
Anyone who has cellulite knows that this is a frustrating problem to try and solve. There is no sense about cellulite; it can be seen on thin women as much as on those who are carrying a few extra pounds. Furthermore, we rarely see a man with cellulite. This condition is characterized by dimples of varying sizes and depths. Sometimes, these dimples can be seen through clothing. Because cellulite is often seen in areas of the body that have more fat tissue, such as the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen or back, it makes sense that we assume fat is to blame. And if fat is to blame, the fat-reduction should work to correct the problem.
It’s not quite that simple. You see, fat is only one aspect of cellulite development and a very small one at that. Remember, we mentioned that even thinner women can have cellulite. So, what gives? Studies show that we have fibrous bands that run vertically from the skin to the tissue beneath. These bands happen to run through the layer of subcutaneous fat. When the bands are tight, they pull the skin inward against fatty tissue, causing dimples to appear. Sure, more fatty tissue can make dimpling worse, but less fat doesn’t resolve the issue.
On to the Good News
It isn’t enough to know that liposuction is not the answer to troublesome cellulite. What people really want to know is what they can do to smooth their skin. The good news is that there are options. In our Reno office, these include Cellfina and ThermiTight.
Cellfina is the only FDA-cleared system that can reduce the appearance of cellulite for one year or longer. The minimally-invasive procedure works by releasing the bands that are pulling on the skin to create dimples.
ThermiTight is a skin-tightening treatment, not a cellulite treatment. However, some people may find that tighter skin reduces the appearance of dimpling. ThermiTight is a micro-invasive radiofrequency procedure that heats tissue internally for pronounced collagen remodeling over 1 to 2 years. Results begin to appear as early as 6 weeks after treatment.
Kick your summer off with smooth skin. Call our Reno office to schedule a consultation for cellulite reduction.