If you’re bothered by the lumpy, dimpled appearance of cellulite on your stomach, buttocks, hips, thighs, upper arms, or breasts, you’re in good company: Most women (80-90%) have some degree of cellulite, and many would like to make it disappear for good.
From four office locations in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Sandy Springs, Georgia, and Wellesley, Massachusetts, our seasoned team at Smooth Body Contours can help you gain the upper hand over cellulite and restore smoother, firmer skin. Here’s what you should know.
Cellulite: A common aesthetic nuisance
Cellulite is normal subcutaneous fat with one difference: It pushes up against your connective tissues in a way that causes the overlying skin to look lumpy, puckered, or dimpled. Let’s take a closer look:
- Your subcutaneous fatty tissues sit between your skin and muscle layers
- Your skin and muscle layers are connected by fibrous connective cords
- When fat pushes up against your skin, the connective cords tighten inward
- As the cords effectively pull your skin down, it develops obvious dimples
Cellulite’s trademark undulations are often compared to lumpy cottage cheese or the dimpled texture of an orange peel. Women are more vulnerable to developing cellulite than men for several reasons, including the fact that women store more fat around their hips, buttocks, and thighs — all prime areas for cellulite.
Minimizing the appearance of cellulite
Cellulite is a purely cosmetic concern that won’t affect your health, but you don’t have to live with it as-is. In fact, there’s a lot you can do to improve its appearance on your own, at home.
Lifestyle strategies that can make cellulite look less prominent include:
- Weight loss: Extra pounds can give you more areas of prominent cellulite
- Exercise: Tightening and toning your entire body can help minimize cellulite areas
- Smoking cessation: Smoking weakens your skin structures, worsening cellulite
- Skincare: Using a daily skin-firming lotion can leave areas of cellulite smoother
When trying a skin-firming lotion to reduce the appearance of cellulite, find a product that’s made with at least 0.3% retinol. This potent ingredient goes deep beneath the surface of your skin to boost collagen renewal, fortifying and smoothing your skin over time. It usually takes about six months to see noticeable skin-firming benefits.
Take cellulite reduction to the next level
While at-home methods for minimizing cellulite's appearance can leave you with firmer, smoother skin, they take time to work — and your results are neither guaranteed nor likely to be as complete as you’d like.
This is where we step in. At Smooth Body Contours, we use manual cellulite reduction therapy to treat the underlying cause of cellulite — tight connective tissue cords — and help you restore firmer and smoother skin from the outside in and the inside out.
Also known as wood therapy, manual cellulite reduction uses various textured, grooved, or contoured wooden “rolling pin” tools to massage unwanted areas of dimpled skin. Here’s how this gentle, noninvasive cellulite treatment works:
- You lie comfortably on the treatment table
- We massage unwanted areas of cellulite with wooden tools
- Gentle, angled pressure eases tight connective cords
Over a series of four 40-minute treatment sessions scheduled one or two weeks apart, manual cellulite reduction gradually releases the tight fibrous tethers that cause dimpled skin, leaving you with the smoother, firmer skin you’ve been wanting.
Our non-invasive cellulite reduction approach is remarkably effective, and you can maintain your dimple-free skin results indefinitely with periodic maintenance sessions as needed.
Ready to smooth out bothersome cellulite?
Are you ready to banish cellulite? We’re here to help. Call or click online today to schedule a visit at your nearest Smooth Body Contours office in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Sandy Springs, Georgia, or Wellesley, Massachusetts.