How to Treat Cellulite
Cellulite is caused when fat in certain areas of the body pushes through bands of connective tissue, giving the skin bumps and dimples. Cellulite is most common in women of all races over the age of 20. Although it does not cause any serious health issues, it affects a person’s self-esteem and body image.
There are several factors that contribute to cellulite such as:
Skin loses elasticity as we age, making it more likely for cellulite to occur as we get older.
Although lean people can have cellulite, weight gain or a higher body fat percentage can increase visible cellulite.
Cellulite may run in families since the distribution of fat is influenced by genetics.
Hormonal factors also play a role, including estrogen, which stimulates fat storage.
Lifestyle changes such as exercising, following a healthy diet, not smoking, and using topical creams such as retinol can be used to lessen the appearance of cellulite.
At Essential Aesthetics, we offer a variety of treatments for unwanted cellulite to help you regain your confidence!
Radiofrequency for Cellulite
Radiofrequency (RF) waves are a form of energy base device that strengthens and promotes new collagen to treat the appearance of cellulite in the body. Elevating the tissue temperature at the target location stimulates collagen denaturation, remodeling, and neocollagenesis, but it also induces lipolysis. RF energy also targets deep layers of the skin, breaking up the connective tissue that causes cellulite. This treatment works on all skin types and has zero time.
Depending on the area being treated, the procedure can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Dr. Ellie Zarnegar DMSc, PA begins by applying glycerin to the area which acts as a heat conductor between the skin and the device. She then begins to move the applicator in circular motions, adjusting the heat settings based on your comfort level. RF treatments for cellulite are comfortable and painless – in fact, many patients compare it to a hot stone massage.
After your RF cellulite treatment, you will immediately notice an improved appearance. It is recommended to receive treatment every week with maintenance and follow-up sessions every 3-6 months. We offer a series of packages based on your needs:
Kybella for Cellulite
Kybella is typically used to treat the double chin, but it can also be used to reduce the appearance of cellulite and sagging skin. When Kybella is injected into fat, it causes it to dissolve. If the fibrous tissue causing the cellulite is strained by excess fat, reducing the fat can help to reduce or eliminate the appearance of cellulite.
Dr. Ellie, DMSc, PA, will begin by discussing and assessing the areas that bother you. After identifying your areas of concern, she will begin injecting the medication into the treatment area(s). Swelling, redness, and bruising are normal side effects of Kybella and can take a few weeks to subside. Patients begin to see results a month after treatment.
Sculptra for Cellulite
Sculptra is a long-lasting injectable filler made of poly-L-lactic acid which works by stimulating the body’s own collagen production resulting in smooth and firm skin. When injected into the depressed pockets or dimples, they become filled and the overstretch fibrous tissue relax, reducing the appearance of the cellulite.
Since Sculptra is a collagen stimulator, it can take several months for results to be seen. After a thorough consultation, Dr. Ellie DMSc, PA, strategically injects the Sculptra into the cellulite to fill them. The results can last for up to 5 years or even longer in some patients. Depending on the severity of the cellulite, you may need more than one treatment to see optimal results.
Find The Right Cellulite Treatment For You
RF treatments, Kybella, and Sculptra are excellent cellulite treatment options. Since each patient’s body and goals are unique, Dr. Ellie, DMSc, PA develops tailored treatment regimens for each patient. Our Danville location is conveniently located for clients from Livermore, Alamo, Blackhawk, San Ramon, Orinda, and other Bay Area cities.