Cellulite is extremely common in women, with 80% to 90% developing it after puberty. While the condition is completely harmless and normal, some Westchester Dermatology patients feel that embarrassing cellulite prevents them from wearing certain clothing or enjoying activities like swimming. If you’re in that camp, you’ve probably tried plenty of cellulite removal options. Read on for more information about what works, what doesn’t, and how a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Sherri Peace can help minimize your cellulite.
How Do I Treat Cellulite at Home?
There are many causes of cellulite, including genetics, hormonal changes, poor diet, and weight gain. While many over-the-counter products that promise total cellulite removal for women are about as helpful as snake oil, you can take a few steps at home to reduce its appearance.
Drinking more water can almost immediately improve the look of cellulite since dimpling becomes more apparent if your skin is dehydrated. Eating a healthy diet with hydrating fruits and vegetables can also help the look. Additionally, regular exercise can increase muscle mass and flatten cellulite, making dimples less obvious.
You’re likely better off saving your money when it comes to creams and serums, and there’s little to no evidence that handheld massagers or dry brushing improve the appearance long-term. However, these treatments can temporarily increase blood circulation, which may minimize cellulite for a short time.
Which Cosmetic Treatments Reduce Cellulite?
You may find medical treatments and procedures more beneficial if you’re not seeing results with over-the-counter cellulite solutions. These include:
- Ultherapy® to tighten lax skin on the thighs or around the knees with ultrasound energy.
- Ablative laser treatments or radiofrequency energy to break up fibrous bands binding fat.
- Liposuction to contour the area and remove excess fat.
- Dermal fillers like Sculptra® Aesthetic to temporarily fill dimples and stimulate collagen.
It’s not always possible to completely remove cellulite, but many treatments can significantly minimize the look and give you smoother, firmer skin.
Book Your Los Angeles Cellulite Treatment Consultation
Cellulite can be annoying and embarrassing, but there’s no need to feel self-conscious about this common condition. While permanent cellulite removal is difficult, plenty of options exist to reduce it. At Westchester Dermatology, Dr. Peace regularly helps patients improve the appearance of their cellulite so they can enjoy all their favorite summer activities with confidence. Call 310-645-6001 to book your cellulite treatment appointment at our Los Angeles, California practice.