What Causes Cellulite And How Can You Treat It?

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A frustrating aspect of common skin conditions is that despite so many people experiencing them at one time or another, the solutions are not as common nor as readily available as people expect.

One of the best examples of this is cellulite, a collection of dimples and lumps that appear on the skin, most commonly on the thighs, hips and stomach. 

Whilst harmless, many people want to get rid of it to help build up their confidence, and the problem with that is that outside of a laser and skin clinic, most of the recommended solutions are not exactly universal.

Exercise, creams, massages, a change in diet or some combination of the above have been claimed to help reduce or get rid of cellulite but none of these are medically proven and for treatments with a proven track record of effectiveness, the best place to go is a clinic.

A laser clinic has far more options at its disposal, with multiple forms of laser and radiofrequency treatment that can destroy the fibres that keep fat bound up near the skin.

These include laser treatments where a tiny fibre is inserted under the skin and heated to break up bound fat and thicken skin slightly, both of which help it to look smoother, with results lasting between six months to a year depending on the treatment.

Alternatively, radiofrequency treatment heats the cellulite with the help of radio waves, breaking up the fat and working alongside other treatments such as cryotherapy, lasers or massages to break up fat.

Other forms of liposuction, particularly cryolipolysis treatments such as fat freezing, will be effective at removing cellulite in the same way they can help remove other stubborn forms of fat.

Alternatively, in some cases, ultrasound and acoustic wave treatments can work by sending sound waves into the body and breaking up stubborn cellulite, although this often takes several sessions to see an effect.