Say goodbye to unwanted cellulite with ThermiSmooth® and Slimspec. These two treatments work to reduce the appearance of cellulite without the need for an invasive procedure. Here’s a closer look at cellulite and how to treat it.
The Truth About Cellulite
The truth is, nearly all women will experience cellulite at some point over the course of their lifetime. It’s estimated that about 80 to 90 percent of women suffer from this condition. While it’s more likely to develop later on in life, cellulite can affect younger individuals and even teenagers as well, and it tends to get worse as you age. It’s a problem women face much more than men, and cellulite has also been shown to be hereditary, so if your mom has it, you’ll probably have it too.
So What’s the Cause?
Unfortunately, the exact cause behind these unattractive dimples and bumps is largely unknown. Basically, cellulite is just regular fat underneath loose skin and it is pressing against fibrous connective tissue, making the overlaying skin appear pitted and lumpy with indentations. But unlike most people’s perception, it’s not simply caused by excessive fat, which is why anyone—overweight or thin—can have it. Cellulite is most commonly seen in the thighs, buttocks, and back areas, but can occur on the upper arms and abdomen as well. There is also softer cellulite that can be reduced non-surgically, as well as deeper indentation cellulite that can be reduced with a more invasive option.
How to Manage the Symptoms of Cellulite
While experts are still unclear as to exactly what leads to the development of cellulite, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing that can be done to get a handle on this issue. Medical experts do theorize that it’s not caused by any particular toxins in the body and it does seem that those who lead an overall healthy lifestyle can keep the signs of cellulite in check. It also appears to be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who lead a more sedentary lifestyle. People who eat a diet high in fat, carbs, and sodium are more likely to see cellulite too.
A Boost from Technology
Along with those helpful lifestyle tips on controlling the emergence and severity of this condition, there are some powerful tools that can aid in your quest to quell unwanted cellulite.
ThermiSmooth is a non-invasive skin-tightening treatment that uses radio frequency to gently heat the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen. This action sparks a lifting and smoothing effect to those common areas that are most susceptible to cellulite—the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Over the course of four to six treatments, your skin will become smoother and firmer, allowing for a reduction in the appearance of troubling cellulite.
Slimspec (acoustic massage) is another safe and painless non-invasive procedure that requires no downtime following treatment. Slimspec utilizes acoustic radial wave therapy to tighten up the skin. More specifically, the device delivers unfocused, low-pressure radial waves deep into the targeted tissues to enhance blood circulation and stimulate the creation of new collagen—two crucial players in healthy, taut skin. As the treated areas become firmer and smoother over time, the cellulite will begin to improve. After a series of up to 10 sessions, most patients notice some cellulite improvement after about 6 to 12 weeks.
For the larger, deeper indentations, we are able to offer subscision. This is a more invasive option where a needle is used to cut or break the fibrous connective tissue to release the area. Then fat or other filler can be placed in the area to smooth out the dimple. Subscision offers little to no downtime.
A Powerful Combination
These treatments are certainly effective enough on their own. But when you combine your ThermiSmooth therapy with Slimspec sessions, and possibly subscision, you can really get the most relief from unwanted cellulite. And after you’ve completed all of the prescribed treatments, a yearly maintenance appointment can help to keep you as cellulite-free as possible.
ThermiSmooth and Slimspec for Cellulite at Burgess Plastic Surgery
Now you can effectively reduce the appearance of unsightly cellulite with this non-invasive one-two punch. If you’d like more information regarding this procedure, please contact us to schedule your initial consultation today. We are located in Lake Oswego with convenient access for all of our Portland area clients.