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Cellulite Removal

Cellulite Removal · Dermatologist NYCAbout 90 percent of American women have some amount of cellulite on their bodies. The bumpy indentations can show up among men and even teenagers of both sexes. Cellulite occurs when deposits of fat lump together and then push upwards towards the surface of your skin. The result is patches of dimples that aren’t so cute.

Cellulite is not the domain of fat or overweight people either. Thin people struggle with the unsightly burden of cottage cheese-like skin as much as heavier people. Cellulite just becomes more noticeable when you carry extra weight around. But it’s sometimes worse if you spend considerable time staying in shape, only to spot a patch of dimples on your thigh when you look in the mirror.

All symptoms, potential procedural/surgical options should always be discussed with your physician after a thorough consultation and examination  for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Condition of Many Names

Cellulite is big business. Because of its ubiquitous nature, many companies have emerged with “miracle cures” that mostly are worthless. Just like an industry that bilks consumers for millions spent on fruitless weight loss products, so the beauty industry parades a stream of useless products to a population desperate for smooth skin.

Talk to your New York dermatologist before you rush to buy any of the purported cures. Instead, take a more cautious approach and work with your skin doctor to find realistic cellulite removal procedures.

The medical terms for cellulite include gynoid lipodystrophy, diposis edematosa, status protrusus cutis, and dermopanniculosis deformans. You’re probably more aware of its street names: cottage cheese skin, mattress phenomenon, orange peel syndrome and hail damage. But no matter what you call it, you most likely would like to find a way to get rid of it.

Where Cellulite Comes From

Cellulite most likely has a genetic component, according to a top Manhattan dermatologist. If your mother had cellulite, there’s a good chance you will too. Characteristics associated with cellulite formation include:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • How fat is distributed underneath your skin
  • A slow metabolism
  • Inadequate circulatory system

And just as cellulite doesn’t appear only on overweight people, you increase the likelihood of having more cellulite than others if you eat a diet:

  • Loaded with carbohydrates
  • High in fat
  • That relies on large amounts of sodium
  • Low in fiber

Even if you work out on a regular basis, remain active and pay attention to your lifestyle habits, you increase the odds of developing cellulite if you:

  • Smoke
  • Spend long periods in a sedentary position
  • Stand on your feet for long periods of time

Hormones most likely play a role in cellulite formation too. Researchers have discovered various processes and substances that are part of the cellulite development. They include:

  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone
  • Noradrenaline
  • Insulin
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Prolactin

And finally, your clothing may play a role, too. Your underwear may be contributing to the excess cellulite on your thighs and buttocks by restricting blood flow where the elastic is too tight.

Treatment Options

Talk to your Manhattan dermatologist about various cosmetic solutions that may get rid your body of cellulite or at least reduce the amount and severity of the bumps on your skin. A few of the removal procedures might include:

  • Cellulaze: This is a process that’s been approved by the FDA for cellulite removal and relies on a laser that’s inserted into your skin to actually try to melt the fat. As it heats up the fat, it loosens up the bands of fibers that hold it all together, creating a smoother appearance on the surface. Cellulaze is an expensive procedure — as much as $5,000 per treatment — and may take multiple treatments before you’re completely satisfied.
  • Exfoliation: A number of different techniques are non-invasive. Your dermatologist can show you how to perform them most effectively. Dry brushing is one technique that, over time, can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Take a dry body brush and swipe it in an upwards motion towards your heart to stimulate your lymphatic system and boost circulation. Coffee rubs also are popular exfoliates that can take off sheer layers of skin and make the bumps less noticeable.
  • Vanquish: This is a non-invasive procedure that relies on directed radiofrequencies to deliver heat to the fat cells that are bunched together in the cellulite patches under your skin. It’s painless and quick and also tightens your skin while removing the cellulite. You can get a Vanquish treatment in your New York dermatologist’s office and 30 minutes later be back at work. You may feel a slightly heated sensation during the procedure, and it may take more than one treatment to satisfy your goals. Vanquish isn’t as expensive as Cellulaze, but can run as high as $500 to $800 for each treatment.
  • Zwave: The most recent procedure approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Zwave is most effective on mild and moderate cases of cellulite. It relies on a series of radial shockwaves aimed at the pockets of cellulite on your body. The heat generated from the shockwaves breaks apart the skin that surrounds the bumpy pockets of fat. Eventually, the whole structure holding the fat in place collapses. You may see minor improvements after only a couple treatments that take about 30 minutes in your skin doctor’s office. Everyone reacts differently, and you may need as many as 10 sessions that cost about $450 each. Dermatologists around New York are seeing great results with Zwave, which also may be used in conjunction with other treatments for longer-lasting, more effective results.

Cosmetic Treatments

Cellulite removal is not a dermatology but a cosmetic procedure and isn’t covered by your insurance. And if you think that you might sneak in a little cellulite removal when you undergo plastic surgery like liposuction, think again. Liposuction does not remove cellulite. In fact, your thinner body may just make the cellulite more noticeable.

Talk to your best rated dermatologist NYC about a referral to a plastic surgeon familiar with skin conditions. Good plastic surgeons work closely with dermatologists because liposuction combined with laser treatment shows great promise for permanently removing cellulite. Laser-assisted liposuction also is less invasive than traditional liposuction and has the added benefit of tightening your skin while removing the unsightly fatty deposits of cellulite.

All symptoms, potential procedural/surgical options should always be discussed with your physician after a thorough consultation and examination  for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not a definitive medical advice. Please consult dermatologist NYC about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board certified dermatology doctor or pediatric dermatologist can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Do you have any questions about Cellulite Removal? Would like to schedule an appointment with an internationally recognized, best rated dermatologist NYC, Dr. James Taft of Manhattan Dermatology Specialists, please contact our Midtown NYC office for consultation with cosmetic and laser dermatologist.

Manhattan Dermatology Specialists
Dr. James Taft (Laser Cosmetic Dermatology of NY)

51 East 25th Street, Ste 411
New York, NY 10010

(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
(212) 889-2402

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