What is Cellulite?
Cellulite appears as divots or irregular textures on our skin resembling the outside peel of an orange, hence the name "orange peel skin". Even though cellulite is caused by fat deposits, it affects women (and men) of all weights and sizes.
What causes Cellulite?
- Hormones - insulin increases the fat content
- Sex - cellulite affects more females than males
- Ethnic - more likely to affect Caucasians
- Diet - excess simple carbohydrates and fat
- Excess weight - rapid weight gain can accentuate the appearance of cellulite
- Pregnancy - increases in insulin and prolactin and fluid volume increase the fat content
- What is the treatment for Cellulite?
Effective treatment for cellulite needs a multi-targeted approach. At the Marr clinic, cellulite treatment starts with a prescription retinoic acid cream and an alpha hydroxy acid body lotion. Retinoic acid used over a period of 6 months has been shown to improve cellulite by increasing dermal (deep in the skin) collagen thickness and contour elastic fibres.
This is followed by the use of a collagen-stimulating filler delivered into the skin with the use of a cannula a round-tipped needle). Subcision of the cellulite-affected areas will be carried out. Subcision involves the use of a cannula to cut the fibrous tissues between the fat lobules and causes micro-injuries under the skin which stimulates your body's own tissue regeneration. Subcision by itself improves skin dimpling. The placement of platelet-rich plasma (from your own blood) or a bio-stimulating filler in the skin further amplifies the collagen-stimulating and building effect and with time cellulite is plumped and smoothed out. The overall results of the skin care, subcision, Lipodissolve and bio-stimulating fillers result in firmer, smoother and lifted skin without the need for surgery.
During your initial skin consultation at the Marr Clinic, our experienced doctors and nurses will discuss with you realistic and achievable outcomes for your cellulite.