It might not feel like it now, but warmer weather is just around the corner. Pretty soon we will be able to trade our winter clothing layers for warm weather attire like shorts, tank tops and bathing suits. This is something to look forward to for many, but if you’re someone with cellulite you might be feeling a little more self conscious about spring break and days at the beach. 

This isn’t to say that cellulite is something to be ashamed of, as a matter of fact an estimated 85% of women over the age of 16 have cellulite. So what causes this bumpiness in the skin?

Many people assume that cellulite is caused by weight gain, but this is untrue. Whether you are a size zero or wear a plus-size, cellulite is completely normal and natural for women of all shapes and sizes. The appearance of cellulite results from an interaction between connective tissue, distribution of fat cells and collagen loss. Regardless of weight, we all have fat cells that provide energy for the body. Cellulite forms when these subcutaneous fat cells protrude into the connective tissue of the dermis causing a lumpy appearance on the skin. This condition is further exacerbated by the natural loss of collagen that we experience with age. The most common areas that this occurs is on the thighs, buttocks, stomach and arms. 

 

Grades of Cellulite 

Appearance of cellulite can be categorized into four grades rated by severity.

  • Grade one – No visible cellulite but structural changes to the dermis have begun to take place.
  • Grade two – Cellulite is not visible when the skin is at rest but is seen when skin is pinched or pressure is applied.
  • Grade three – Cellulite is visible when the individual is standing but disappears while laying down.
  • Grade Four – Lumps, dimples and nodules are visible at all times.Skin may have a loose appearance due to loss of elasticity. 

 

How can cellulite be treated? 

Although there’s no way to completely eliminate cellulite, radiofrequency is one of most effective therapies for reducing the appearance of it. Radiofrequency is the number one treatment for both cellulite and crepey skin because it works in the dermal layer to promote collagen remodeling. Treatments like the Venus OctiPolar™ and Venus DiamondPolar™ Radiofrequency use electromagnetic waves to heat up the dermis, which results in a wound healing response. In addition to stimulating collagen production, when delivered deep into the tissue, radiofrequency has the ability to shrink fat cells, and smooth connective tissue that causes skin dimpling. 

Radiofrequency is one of the most sought after treatments for cellulite reduction and skin tightening due to its efficacy and zero downtime. Plus, the treatment can be very relaxing! Many people compare the feeling of radiofrequency heat to a hot stone massage, and can continue on with their day immediately after treatment.

 

How long will it take to see improvement?

For optimal results, a series of 6-8 weekly treatments are recommended along with a maintenance session every 3-4 months, to keep cellulite in check. Even though many people will see improvement after only a few sessions, true skin tightening will become evident about 4-8 weeks after the last treatment. This is something to keep in mind for those pursuing treatment for a vacation or special event. 

 

Who is a good candidate for RF cellulite reduction? 

Radiofrequency is safe for all skin types including Fitzpatrick I-VI. However, treatment is not recommended during pregnancy or for those with pacemakers or metal implants. 

Although radiofrequency is a highly effective solution to cellulite reduction, it’s also important to consider some other health and lifestyle factors that may influence cellulite grade and number of necessary treatments to reach the desired outcome. These include: 

  • Hormones – hormonal fluctuations may contribute to the appearance of cellulite. Both high and low levels of estrogen can impact both collagen production and the size of fat cells. 
  • Physical Activity – After the age of 30, the physically inactive begin to lose 3-5% of muscle mass every decade.This contributes to an increase in fat cells and the development of cellulite.
  • Sun Damage – UV Rays from the sun damage and weaken collagen and elastin.If you are someone with a history of excessive sun exposure or tanning bed use then you might be prone to a higher grade of cellulite.

 

Fun in the sun is just around the corner! Wouldn’t you like to feel more confident in your skin for those long awaited pool and beach days? A combination of Venus radiofrequency treatments and lifestyle changes are your best bet in reducing and keeping cellulite away. OWM Integrative Wellness offers both in depth skin care and medical evaluations to help you towards optimal health and wellness. Call us today to learn more.