Cellulite is a cosmetic skin condition involving the accumulation of fatty deposits under the skin. It presents as areas of dimpled or puckered skin, most often appearing on the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen. This condition affects nearly 8 out of 10 women over the age of 20, as well as some men. Women more commonly develop cellulite because of the way fat is distributed in the lower half of the female body. Cellulite appears to have a genetic component since individuals who have family members with cellulite are more prone to develop the problem.
Causes of Cellulite
Cellulite may develop for several reasons, including such factors:
- Loss of skin elasticity due to aging
- Weight gain, as during pregnancy
- Poor diet
- Fad dieting
- Slow metabolism
- Lack of physical activity
- Hormonal changes
- Excessive body fat
- Type and tone an individual’s skin
Treatment of Cellulite
While not of medical concern, cellulite is bothersome to many people who may feel self-conscious about wearing shorts or a bathing suit. Fortunately, there are treatments available to reduce the appearance of cellulite and to help patients restore their skin to its original smooth texture.
In some cases, home remedies may be all that is required. Since cellulite tends to be less noticeable on darker skin, applying a self-tanner may make the bumps and dimples on fair skin less noticeable. There are many over-the-counter treatments advertised to treat cellulite, but research has shown that most do not live up to their advertised claims. Fortunately, there are lifestyle changes that can help the appearance of the skin and improve the self-confidence of those affected by this condition. The simplest approach to reducing cellulite is to lose weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Other treatments are provided by physicians and may include:
- Laser or light therapy
- Herbal wraps
- Mesotherapy, treatment of the middle layer of the skin
- Dietary supplements
Risks and Benefits of Cellulite Treatments
Some cellulite treatments involve risks as well as visible benefits. Certain individuals with circulatory problems cannot use cellulite creams. Others may be allergic to such products. The positive aesthetic effects of some treatments, such as massage and body wrapping, may be short-lived. While the results of certain procedures, such as laser treatments or liposuction, may be highly successful, they also may occasionally cause problems such as indentations or fluid accumulation in skin tissues, or the long-lasting appearance of bruises.
What Is Liquid Lipo?
Liquid Lipo, also known as injection lipolysis, lipo dissolve, or mesotherapy, is an injection utilized to reduce fat: phosphatidylcholine and deoxycholate, also called PCDC is a noninvasive alternative to liposuction.
What areas can be treated?
The areas that Liquid Lipo can treat include areas with a small amount of fat. Typical treatment areas include jowls, love handles, abdomen, thighs, and arms. These injections are helpful to contour the body and not for overall weight loss benefits.
How Many Liquid Lipo Treatments Will I Need?
During your initial consultation with our staff, we will better be able to determine just how many treatments you will need. You may receive a total of six treatments, but on average, patients see visible results in just two to four treatments spaced one month apart.
How Long Does Lipo Dissolve Last For?
One of the many benefits of Lipo Dissolve is that because it works to actually destroy existing fat cells, results should be permanent, and no further treatment may be necessary for maintenance. However, it is important to have healthy eating habits to avoid forming new pockets of fat.
What Are The Side Effects of Liquid Lipo?
The most common side effects of Liquid Lipo are swelling, pain, numbness, bruising, redness, and hardness around the treatment site. Additionally, some patients experience problems such as ulcers, hair loss, bruising, weakness, and necrosis around the injection site.