Summer days are in sight! Shorts, T-shirts, and swimsuits are going to be here sooner than you think in Idaho Falls and Jackson Hole. But many of us know all too well that the summer dresses and daisy dukes that look so cute in the magazines are less likely to look so great in reality for one simple reason: cellulite.
While many of us have tried creams, rollers, and exercises to beat the bumps, it’s time we talk about the truth behind cellulite and why those “solutions” don’t usually solve anything. In this blog post, the ladies of our practice at Freeman Plastic Surgery are ready to solve the mystery of cellulite once and for all!
Read on to learn the who, what, where, when, and how of cellulite and information on the solution that actually works: Cellfina.
Who gets cellulite?
Believe it or not, cellulite affects nearly all women, all around the world. Yep, you heard that right: Approximately 94% of us have the rippling and dimpling somewhere on our bodies. While weight gain can emphasize the appearance of cellulite, diet and exercise alone usually won’t alleviate it, so people of all ethnicities, body types, and lifestyles may have it.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is caused by the arrangement of fibrous, connective tissues underneath the skin’s surface that pull downward toward your muscles. Imagine the connective tissues lying between the skin and the muscle like mesh netting. Beneath and between the netting is where fat cells live. When the fat cells become enlarged, they put pressure on the surrounding tissue and push out against the netting and connections of the fibrous tissue, causing the appearance of bumps or ripples on the skin. Another analogy: a tufted sofa.
The pattern of the connective tissue varies in every part of the body and is caused by a number of factors, including genetic disposition.
Where does cellulite occur?
The appearance of rippling skin is most often found on the thighs, bottom, and abdomen.
When does cellulite develop?
You may have seen tabloids pointing out cellulite on young stars in their 20s alongside women in their 50s. Because the unwanted appearance is caused by genetics, not weight or lack of exercise, it can sneak up at any age and any time.
How can it be treated?
This is one of the questions we hear most often, and we are pleased to have an answer! Because cellulite is developed below the superficial tissue of the skin, it won’t be affected by creams, rollers, massage, or other topical treatments. Real, lasting results come from Cellfina, the first FDA-approved treatment for cellulite.
The treatment involves using a tiny microblade to release the bands of connective tissue so that they no longer pull downward on the skin. It’s an outpatient procedure that takes about an hour in the office, requires only local anesthesia, and does not require sutures. Some patients see a reduction in cellulite in just a few days, and the results can be expected to last for years.
Still unsure? You can check out the treatment page on RealSelf.com, where it has a 94% “Worth It” rating from people who have received the treatment. We encourage you to visit the page and read about their candid experiences.
We’re ready to help you prepare for the gorgeous summer here in Idaho Falls without the worry of those pesky bumps. If you’re interested in hearing more about Cellfina, stay tuned to our blog. Next month, we’ll take in-depth look at process behind the Cellfina treatment — from the moment someone schedules a consultation for the treatment to the experience of getting the procedure itself. You won’t want to miss it!