Cellulite develops as pockets of fat manage to push through or intermingle with strands of collagen. Collagen is normally a strong connective tissue that anchors skin to underlying tissues, but over time, it can stretch, weaken, and break down, allowing fat to seep in among the fibers.
Collagen can be damaged or weakened for several reasons. Skin naturally produces less collagen as you age, so that weakens the fibers and contributes to cellulite. And if you gain weight, collagen is damaged as skin stretches to accommodate excess fat. Collagen is also a connective tissue that weakens without exercise.
Since everyone has a normal layer of fat underneath their skin, and collagen has so many opportunities to stretch or weaken, anyone can end up with unattractive dimply skin due to cellulite.
Since cellulite is more than just an accumulation of fat cells, treatments have to take a different approach. Some success has been achieved with acoustic wave therapy and laser therapy, but one treatment that has been FDA-cleared to tighten skin and reduce cellulite in the arms, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs combines two treatment methods: radiofrequency energy and massage.
Radiofrequency (RF) energy can reach deep below the skin without harming the skin. Heat from the RF energy contracts old collagen while stimulating the production of new collagen. At the same time, the massage pushes excess fluids into spaces where they’ll be eliminated through the lymph system. As new collagen grows, fluids disperse, and your skin tightens, the appearance of cellulite is diminished.
When you decide it’s time to improve the appearance of cellulite, it’s important to seek treatment that’s effective and delivered by the most advanced medical device. At the same time, there’s more to the procedure than simply using a medical device.
Your skin’s elasticity, the thickness of the skin where treatment is targeted, and the amount of cellulite to be treated must be properly evaluated to achieve the best results. You’ll get all of this from the doctors at Ballantyne Medical Associates.
The doctors have years of experience performing aesthetic procedures. They’re also specialists in family medicine, osteopathic medicine, clinical lipidology, and anti-aging medicine, so you get top-notch medical expertise from trusted primary care physicians.