Why Do I Have Cellulite and How Can I Get Rid of It?

May 23, 2023
Why Do I Have Cellulite and How Can I Get Rid of It?
Most causes of cellulite are out of your control, but there are things you can do to get rid of your dimpled skin. Learn more about cellulite, what causes it, and how you can get rid of it.

Nobody likes the lumpy, dimpled look of cellulite. Though weight gain can make your cellulite look more prominent, you should know that many of the factors that cause the dimpled skin are out of your control.

But that doesn’t mean you have to live with your cellulite. With advances in aesthetic medicine, there are many treatments that can lessen the appearance of cellulite.

At Ice Cave Body Sculpting, we use shockwave cavitation for cellulite treatment. Our noninvasive tool strengthens the skin and improves circulation to the area, creating a smoother look.

About your cellulite

Cellulite is normal fat under the skin that pushes against the connective tissue that attaches your skin to the muscle, creating a lumpy and dimpled texture. It most often appears on the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen.

Your skin is made up of three layers, epidermis (outer layer), dermis (middle layer), and subcutaneous fat. The layer of fat protects your muscles and bones and insulates the body. Special connective tissue attaches the dermal layer of your skin to the muscle underneath. 

Cellulite occurs when the connective tissue gets too tight, pulling the skin down. The subcutaneous layer of fat then pushes up against the skin, causing the rough texture.

Cellulite is more prominent on parts of the body that have more subcutaneous fat, like the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen.

Though not harmful to your health, you may not like how cellulite affects the look of your skin. 

What causes cellulite

Researchers are still investigating what causes cellulite. However, there are a number of factors that may contribute to the bumpy skin, including:

  • Sex
  • Genetics
  • Hormones
  • Age

Though anyone can develop cellulite, it’s more common in women because of the differences in skin structure between men and women. Women have more fat and less connective tissue than men, so there’s less resistance against the upward push of the fat that creates the dimpled skin.

Weight gain may worsen the appearance of cellulite, but people of all sizes have cellulite. 

Getting rid of cellulite

You can’t control all the factors that contribute to the appearance of your cellulite, there are things you can do to lessen its appearance. 

Eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can prevent worsening of your cellulite. Drinking plenty of fluids, protecting your skin from the sun, and not smoking are also good practices that benefit the appearance of your skin.

Our body sculpting experts use shockwave cavitation to treat cellulite. This noninvasive therapy improves the appearance of cellulite by increasing circulation to the area and stimulating collagen production, improving skin tone.

Our cellulite treatment takes about 10 minutes, but requires a series of treatments set at three week intervals. Though results vary, most people see improvements in their look after three sessions. 

Cellulite is harmless, but you don’t have to live with it. If you’re looking for ways to get rid of your cellulite, we can help. Call the office nearest you — we provide cellulite treatments in Denver, Colorado, Chicago, Illinois, San Diego, California, Tampa, Florida, Dallas, Texas, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can also book an appointment online today.