Cellulite & Fat: What’s the Connection?

For decades, people of all ages and body types have searched for a cellulite treatment that actually keeps its promises. Along with other Tacoma and Seattle-area plastic surgeons, I’ve seen dozens of treatments, from promising to offbeat. And although these treatments were often quite different from one another, they all seemed to have one thing in common: They didn’t provide the results my patients wanted.

To understand what makes an effective cellulite treatment, we must first understand what cellulite is. Many people believe cellulite is caused by the presence of excess fat. Although the condition can be exacerbated by fat, it is not the sole contributor — which is why many thin or fit people struggle with cellulite, too. Cellulite appears when thick, fibrous bands of connective tissue form and tug the skin from below, creating dimples. The appearance of these dimples is sometimes worsened by thin skin and the presence of fat, although I must emphasize that the fat isn’t to blame. Instead, the condition is often hereditary, which is why many people recall first noticing their cellulite as adolescents.

I’m pleased to offer my patients Cellulaze™, a minimally invasive, FDA-cleared treatment that attacks the structure of cellulite. During a Cellulaze treatment, a laser is aimed at the bands of connective tissue that pull on the skin, releasing them and producing a smooth appearance. The thermal energy a treatment creates also liquefies fat and stimulates the skin’s collagen production, enhancing the results by improving the thickness and elasticity of the skin.

Topical treatments, massage, and other cellulite remedies address only the skin, which isn’t where cellulite forms. If you’re fed up with unsatisfactory results from your cellulite treatment, look for a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area who offers Cellulaze.

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