Cellulite: What is it and What Causes It?

What is Cellulite?

Many people know exactly what cellulite looks like: dimpled, uneven skin on the thighs, buttocks, arms and other parts of a patient’s body.

Cellulite affects 80% to 90% of women1. Many people believe cellulite to be directly tied to body fat, and as a result they believe it can be eliminated through diet and exercise. While it’s possible to lessen the appearance of cellulite by losing weight, it’s impossible to eliminate it completely2. This is because Cellulite is not caused by having extra fat on the body. Rather, cellulite is a structural issue below the skin that can only be eliminated by going under the skin to “restructure” the area.

There are differences in skin structure between men and women, which is typically why men don’t experience cellulite. This structural difference is also why women with very little body fat can get cellulite, and why some women with more body fat do not.

Cellulaze is the first cellulite treatment that treats the structure of cellulite for clinically proven, longer-lasting results3. We were the first in Georgia to offer this procedure and WIFH has been featured on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta performing Cellulaze. We’ve now done over 1,000 procedures without complication.

What Causes Cellulite?

There are three structural problems that cause the appearance of cellulite.

What is Cellulite?

  1. First, the connective tissue bands beneath the skin surrounding the fat cells can become tight and inflexible, pulling the skin down to create depressions.
  2. Second, enlarged pockets of fat trapped by the rigid bands push up against skin.
  3. Finally, thin skin makes the appearance of cellulite even worse.

Other factors associated with cellulite include aging, heredity, hormones, and weight. That’s why any effective cellulite treatment has to address more than body fat and the surface of skin.

How is Cellulaze Different from Other Cellulite Treatments?

Creams, lotions, pills and many other cellulite treatments must be used repetitively to treat the appearance of cellulite but only provide a temporary solution. And while a healthy diet and regular exercise can be good for overall health, this won’t have a long-term impact on the appearance of cellulite.


As mentioned above, cellulite isn’t a result of body fat. Instead, the root of cellulite lies beneath the skin where surface treatments don’t reach. Cellulaze is different. It’s the first and only cellulite treatment that directly addresses the actual structural problems underneath the skin, to give patients proven, longer-lasting results with just one simple cellulite treatment.

Cellulaze Laser Treatment for Cellulite

Cellulaze melts the fat that causes bulges and releases the fibers that cause the dimples. Then, it tightens and thickens the skin making it look smoother. All of this is done with a very unique laser that has proven that results can last years.

1. Sadick, N. (2018). Treatment for cellulite. International Journal Women’s Dermatology. 2018; 5: Pages 68-72. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30809581
2. Rawlings, AV (2006.) Cellulite and its treatment. 2006; 28(3) Pages 175-190. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18489274
3. DiBernardo, Barry E., MD. (2016). A Multicenter Study for Cellulite Treatment Using a 1440-nm Nd:YAG Wavelength Laser with Side-Firing Fiber. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2016; 3: Pages 335-343. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5127477/
About the Author

Paul Cox, MD, MS

Dr. Paul Cox MD, MS, is the Medical Director of WIFH. Board Certified in Family Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Agency Medicine, Dr. Cox has been practicing as a physician for over 20 years.