You're Not Alone
If you suffer from cellulite, let us assure you that you’re not alone – between 80 and 90% of adult women can identify cellulite somewhere on their body. Cellulite is a very stubborn skin condition that causes a dimpling on the skin’s surface. Many people find cellulite unattractive and associate it with being overweight, but in reality, even very slender people can suffer from cellulite.
If you have tried improving your diet and exercise regularly, you may feel frustrated to find cellulite still stubbornly clinging to your problem areas. Eliminating cellulite isn’t easy, as diet and exercise alone rarely are able to combat it. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available that can effectively reduce cellulite and improve the appearance of your skin.
If you’re ready to fight cellulite, we encourage you to learn more about our treatment options. Utilizing the most advanced technology available, Dr. Frank offers his New York patients the latest cellulite treatments to safely and effectively reverse the effects of cellulite on the body.
What is cellulite?
So, what exactly is cellulite? Cellulite manifests as dimpled or lumpy skin and is most commonly found on the hips, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs of women. Beneath the skin is a subcutaneous layer of fat. Cellulite occurs when fibrous connective tissue herniates this layer of fat, causing a dimpled appearance on the skin’s surface.
With cellulite occurring in as much as 90% of the female population, be assured that cellulite is a very normal and natural part of the female anatomy. Despite this, many women feel very self conscious about revealing parts of their body that are affected by cellulite.
Causes of cellulite
To understand why cellulite can be so difficult to treat, it’s important to know what causes cellulite to appear in the first place. As with so many other skin conditions, it seems that once again we have our hormones and genes to blame!
Hormones influence the formation of cellulite. Scientists theorize that estrogen is the hormone most responsible for the development and severity of cellulite. This explains why men rarely suffer from cellulite. Most men who suffer from cellulite also suffer from a medical disorder that has interrupted the normal function of their hormones and/or are receiving estrogen therapy to treat their condition.
Scientists still continue to explore the exact hormonal triggers that cause cellulite. They are not able to say with complete certainty which hormones cause cellulite, but there is evidence to support the role that many hormones play in its development. These hormones include estrogen, insulin, adrenaline, noradrenaline, the thyroid hormones, and prolactin.
Genetics also influence the propensity of an individual to develop cellulite. If your mother or other close family members have cellulite, you are likely to develop it as well. But with such a large part of the population suffering from cellulite, it’s highly probable that someone in your family has cellulite! The predisposition to develop cellulite is also linked to race, biotype and the distribution of fat in the body.
Finally, there are certain lifestyle factors that can influence the development of cellulite. Researchers have found that a high-stress lifestyle is associated with the presence of cellulite. Frequent and intensive dieting can also lead to the appearance of cellulite, as can unhealthy lifestyle factors such as poor food choices.
Effective cellulite treatments
The prevalence of cellulite and the negative public opinion towards it have led to the development of a multitude of cellulite treatments. Unfortunately, many of these treatments are completely ineffective, despite the high price tag they carry. Over-the-counter creams and devices are unlikely to effectively treat cellulite. To truly combat cellulite, medical intervention is usually necessary.
Dr. Frank offers a number of cellulite treatments at his fully accredited, state of the art New York City dermatology practice. During your initial consultation, Dr. Frank will discuss your treatment options and suggest a plan that will work best for you.
The Best Cellulite Treatments in New York City
Dr. Frank leverages over a decade of experience in treating a variety of skin conditions and has taken a special interest in utilizing the most advanced technology to help his patients achieve their goals. He has become an expert in cellulite treatments and is proud to offer the most cutting edge cellulite treatments available in New York today. Having performed over 3,000 minimally–invasive fat removal procedures, Dr. Frank is considered one of most experienced dermatologists when it comes to the treatment of cellulite.
Liposuction is one of the most well-known cellulite treatments and can effectively remove deposits of fat located beneath the skin. Traditional liposuction, however, is rarely able to produce the desired effect. While it can effectively remove fat deposits, it is less effective at smoothing and tightening the skin.
Fortunately, advancements in liposuction technology have resulted in a very effective cellulite treatment known as SmartLipo MPXTM. This minimally invasive form of liposuction uses laser energy to melt away fat before it is removed, while at the same time stimulating the production of collagen. SmartLipo MPX requires only a tiny incision for the laser to reach the fat cells and cellulite beneath the skin, minimizing downtime and the incidence of scarring for the patient. After the fat cells are liquefied, they are sucked out of the area similarly to traditional liposuction. The laser’s energy stimulates new collagen growth, resulting in increased firmness and smoother skin over the next several months. The procedure can be performed under local anesthetic and requires very little downtime afterwards.
Thermage® is a non-surgical skin tightening treatment that utilizes radiofrequency energy to firm and tighten the skin, thus reducing the appearance of cellulite. Thermage uses heat and energy to immediately tighten existing collagen beneath the skin, while stimulating the growth of new collagen over time. An immediate difference can be seen following the procedure, with the final results seen over the next three to four months. Depending on the amount of cellulite being treated, more than one session may be required.
To minimize discomfort during the procedure, a light sedative may be used. Patients are able to resume their normal routines immediately following the procedure and should experience very little discomfort afterwards.
Like Thermage, Liposonix® is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that can eliminate cellulite and fat deposits beneath the skin. Utilizing ultrasound technology, Liposonix targets the subcutaneous layer of fat beneath the skin, destroying fat cells and providing a trimmer, smoother appearance. After the fat cells are destroyed, the body will naturally eliminate them through its normal waste and metabolic processes. Most patients will see the full results of their procedure within 8 to 12 weeks following treatment. Liposonix is a non-surgical treatment, so there is downtime following the procedure and patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately.
If you’re ready to learn more about how Dr. Frank can help you combat unsightly cellulite, please contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.