Cellulite is a cosmetic condition that affects 80-90% of women – slender, fit, or thick – at some point. That a woman is overweight does make her more liable to have cellulite. The excess weight pushes cellulite from its hiding place and makes it more noticeable.


Cellulite is a common occurrence in women; in fact, some women develop cellulite after puberty because women’s fat is typically distributed in the thighs, hips, and buttocks, which are the areas cellulite typically appears; but cellulite is not only a female thing. It also affects the male folk. The condition is also more common with aging; as the skin loses its elasticity, so does the appearance of cellulite become very noticeable.


This condition is generally not seen as a health issue or something to be worried about, except you’re concerned about your appearance. To get a clear picture of cellulite and the available treatments, check the following details.


What is Cellulite?


Cellulite is a cosmetic condition also known as orange-peel skin – due to its texture, and the skin has a dimpled, lumpy appearance due to fat deposits having pushed through the connective tissue beneath the skin.


It typically appears on the hips, buttocks, and thighs but can also occur in other areas like the arms and breasts.


What are the Causes of Cellulite?


The causes of cellulite are varied. It can be due to Hormones – at puberty, the battle with thigh cellulite starts for a woman because a woman’s femoral region (the back of the upper thigh) is very responsive to her unique hormone – estrogen.


It increases the activity of thigh fat cells to anti-lipolytic alpha receptors, thereby preventing fat breakdown and loss. Estrogen also stimulates lipoprotein lipase (LPL), an enzyme responsible for fat growth. This can sometimes occur in the buttocks and abdomen, but it typically appears at the back of the legs.


The hormone Prolactin (the breastfeeding hormone) also makes cellulite more visible because it aids water retention in the fatty tissue, making each fat cell look larger and lumpier.


Age – the older you get, the more you will develop cellulite. It is age-associated because the skin loses its elasticity as we age, giving way to the unwanted fat to develop under the skin.


Heredity – tends to run in families, so genetics also play a role in whether someone develops cellulite.


An inactive lifestyle can also increase your chances of having cellulite due to Insulin.


Pregnancy is also a contributing factor.


Are there types of cellulite?


There are three levels of cellulite. The first is the wild type, which has an orange peel appearance – 1-4 depth of the depression, which is Not noticeable without pinching the skin.

The second level is the moderate type with a cottage cheese appearance and 5-9 depth of the depression. The skin is moderately draped.

The third level is the severe type with a mattress appearance and has ten or more depth of depressions. The skin is severely draped. It is very noticeable.


Should I Be Worried About Cellulite?


No, you shouldn’t be worried about cellulite. It is a perfectly normal condition and is not considered a serious medical issue. However, if you are not comfortable with making your skin look, you can have it treated.


Do I Need to Visit A Doctor or Dermatologist to Have it Diagnosed?


Cellulite can be self-diagnosed, but it is important to visit your doctor (or injection-certified pharmacists) when you notice any strange lump in your body.


What is the available treatment for cellulite?


Many creams and therapies are claiming to be able to treat cellulite, but the best so far has been VelaShape.


What is VelaShape?


The FDA approved VelaShape in 2007 to temporarily reduce cellulite and reduce the thighs’ size.


It is a medically approved device that uses a combination of suction, massage, radiofrequency energy, and infrared light to shape the body and reduce cellulite, and inches on areas like the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks.


It is sometimes performed side by side with Liposuction, tummy tuck, and other body contouring procedures to reduce the appearance of cellulite.


How Does VelaShape Work?

The VelaShape handpiece is applied directly to the skin’s surface in the area that is to be treated. The mechanical rollers on the handpiece massage and smooth out the skin while directing infrared radio frequencies into the skin. Radio frequencies warm up the underlying tissue, causing fat cells to melt, break up and naturally flush out of the body.


Although Velashape uses lore, energy, and intense heat, patients normally feel like they are having a warm, deep tissue massage and report losing inches to pounds after the procedure.


Is VelaShape a one-time treatment?


It is recommended to have the procedures done weekly for about four to six weeks, with maintenance treatments every few weeks to keep up the improved appearance.


There is no permanent cure for cellulite, only a reduction.


What Are The Benefits of VelaShape?


The benefits of VelaShape include:


Virtually painless: no needles, incisions, or anesthesia are involved.


Enjoyable: it is more like being in a sauna minus the overheating and sweat.


Quick: it takes between 20 minutes and two hours, depending on the treatment areas. So it is someone you can get during your break time.


Effective: results are visible in a short period – between four weeks. It helps in stimulating circulation – a product of massage and suction.


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Can Cellulite Go Away?


Healthy eating and regular exercise can reduce cellulite and keep it at level one, but it does not cure it.


Can I go for Liposuction instead?


Liposuction is not recommended for removing cellulite from your body. It is a procedure meant for extracting fat by vacuuming it from under the skin, and this may worsen the appearance of cellulite on your skin by sucking out the cushioning fat residing just under the skin. Which will lead to additional dimpling of the skin?


Cellulite is perfectly normal, but its appearance can make women self-conscious and not deem their body fit of showcasing in shorts or a bathing suit, for fear of revealing a dimpled butt, thighs, or mid-section.


VelaShape helps you gain your self-confidence back by reducing the appearance of cellulite and giving you that smooth skin you desire – putting your body back in your control.


December 2020 Update:

While we do not offer the VelaShape treatment at the moment, we do offer Kuma shape. Kuma Shape also uses a combination of suction, massage, radiofrequency energy, and infrared light to shape the body and reduce cellulite and inches on areas like the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks.



Results showed on our website vary from patient to patient. We cannot guarantee any results.


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