Did you know you don’t have to be overweight to have cellulite? Many of our clients are thin, athletic and even muscular women who look perfectly fit from the outside. But beneath their clothes, they’re hiding the same problem – cellulite!
For these women, the dimpled, orange peel-like areas are especially frustrating because there doesn’t seem to be a solution. They don’t need to lose weight. And it’s not linked to their age or hormonal changes.
So, you ask: “why do I have cellulite?” – and “what can I do about it?” Let’s take a look at some of the causes and solutions.
Cellulite Isn’t Caused by Being Overweight
First let’s address an important cultural myth. Cellulite is NOT strictly caused by being overweight. Sure, it has plenty to do with fat. Indeed, cellulite involves subcutaneous fat layers. But cellulite is better described as a skin condition – not a barometer of how in shape you are.
Your skin is comprised of an epidermis, the outer layer, and dermis, which is right beneath that layer and houses hair follicles and the like. Still deeper down is the first of multiple fat layers. If the first layer of fat protrudes into the dermis, as explained here, the result can be a dimply appearance that we’ve come to refer to as cellulite.
Cellulite sufferers may also have differences in their connective tissue that cause them to develop this cottage cheese-like flesh, especially around the thighs and buttocks, where women naturally store lots of fat.
Given that explanation, it’s easy to see why even thin women and athletes experience cellulite!
It’s great to know what cellulite is and what causes it. But why can’t I get rid of it, you say. You can, just not with a quick fix.
Exercise & Cellulite Creams Aren’t the Answer
Despite what your trainer may tell you, there’s not really an exercise that will re-arrange your fat layers. So while slimming down may make those layers thinner and cut down the amount of fat protruding into the dermis, weight loss alone won’t change your connective tissues.
There are plenty of creams and concoctions that claim to be able to get rid of cellulite. Many of them contain caffeine, which can reduce swelling around the fat cells and lead to a smoother look. But all creams aren’t equally effective and once you stop using them, hello cellulite!
Other Cellulite Removal Options
Fortunately, science has created better options than slathering on cream and hoping for the best. A laser cellulite treatment has recently emerged as a promising treatment for cellulite. At WIFH, we offer Cellulaze, the only laser treatment that attacks the structural problems beneath the skin that cause cellulite.
Patients are numbed before we insert a SideLight 3D Cellulaze laser fiber. The heat from the laser melts the trapped fat that create the bumps and releases the fibrous bands that pull the skin down creating the dimpled depressions.
If you exercise, are eating well and still find yourself asking “why do I have cellulite?”maybe it’s time to bring in the big guns. Call us today for a consultation!