If you have bumpy or dimpled skin on your thighs and hip area that you’re embarrassed about, you’re not alone. Cellulite is a problem for many of us. Fortunately, there are treatment options to help to reduce the appearance of cellulite and get the smooth looking skin you desire. Find out what those treatments are along with everything else you didn’t know about cellulite right here.

Most Women Have Cellulite

Cellulite is more common than most people think – the vast majority of women have it. Even those who are fit and slender can have cellulite. In fact, 9 out of 10 women will have cellulite at one point in their life, regardless of their weight or body type.

Men Can Also Have Cellulite

Approximately 1 in 10 men will suffer from cellulite as well. But why do they get it less often than women? Because men have more supportive connective tissue than women. They also have different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue where they carry less fat around their thighs and buttocks areas.

Cellulite Is Not Caused by Toxins

There are many claims that cellulite is caused by toxins in the body. However, cellulite occurs when fat deposits under the skin push through the web-like connective tissue and collagen fibers in your body. This pressure forces the fat against the top layer of the tissue and creates a dimpled appearance.

Cellulite Can Occur on Other Areas

Your buttocks and thighs are not the only areas where cellulite can form. It can also appear on your arms, abdomen, knees, chin, and even your chest. Any areas with a higher level of natural fatty tissues can develop cellulite.

It Can Run in Families

If your mother and grandmother have cellulite, you have a higher chance of developing it. Certain genes are required but genetics aren’t the only reason you may end up with cellulite. There are a number of factors that can cause it including changes in hormones, weight fluctuations, collagen loss, thinning skin, poor circulation, weakened lymphatic drainage, and increased inflammation.

Cellulite Can Get Worse with Age

Cellulite is also more apparent in older individuals. We can thank the changes in our hormones for that. As the estrogen in our body decreases, so does the circulation and collagen production in our bodies. The result – weakened connection tissue and more noticeable cellulite.

Smoking Can Increase Cellulite

Smoking cigarettes can also reduce the formation of collagen and even reduce blood vessel flow. This can cause the connective tissue to become stretched or damaged, allowing cellulite to show through more easily. If that’s not bad enough, smoking can also impact your skin in other ways like causing premature wrinkles and dry, discoloured skin.

Lifestyle Changes Can Improve the Appearance

Obtaining a healthy weight and engaging in strength training exercises can help keep the tissue healthy and strong, and it can improve the appearance of cellulite on the body. Making some simple changes to your diet can also make a difference. By eating a well-balanced diet full of vegetables with high water content, you can help reduce inflammation in the body and improve the condition of your connective tissue.

Non-Invasive Treatments Can Help

Lathering on cellulite cream likely won’t do much to reduce the fatty tissue and improve the connectivity of your skin. For best results you need a solution that shrinks fat cells and improves the tissue. There are a number of non-invasive treatments like radial pulses of energy, ultrasound treatments, and thermal and mechanical energy work that aim to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

CoolSculpting® procedures that freeze the fat cells to reduce the level of fat in the targeted area has also proven to be highly effective at treating cellulite in numerous areas throughout the body. Those who have a moderate amount of fat that has proven to be resistant to other weight loss and cellulite removal methods could benefit from a specialized smoothing treatment at a designated skin clinic.

Only a Professional Should Perform Treatments

If you want to see lasting results, it’s important to have your cellulite treatment provided by a skincare professional. Medical aestheticians are required to undergo vigorous training on the treatment processes and in many cases are also certified to use the equipment. This ensures that you will receive a safe and effective treatment that provides lasting results.

Ready to get rid of the pesky cellulite on your body? Our team at the Ottawa Skin Clinic is ready to help you reach your goals. Our medical aestheticians are happy to explain all our available treatments for cellulite and discuss the best option for your needs. We look forward to helping you find an effective treatment that will give you the results you want safely and effectively. Call us today to book your initial consultation!