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Cellulite: What It Is, Causes & Treatment

Cellulite affects a large proportion of men and women, more commonly women, with between 80% to 90% of women post-puberty experiencing cellulite and less than 10% of men experiencing cellulite. It’s a natural part of life that can also be influenced by many factors, whether it’s genetics, sex, age, fluctuating body weight or ageing. 

Let’s break down the question of what cellulite is, what causes cellulite and how to reduce cellulite with the cellulite treatments we offer at Elite Body Contouring. 

What is cellulite

Cellulite is a skin condition that causes a dimpled, lumpy appearance on the body, with common areas of concern being the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a result of poor circulation — it’s caused by the way fat cells interact with connective tissue beneath the skin. 

When fibrous cords anchor the skin to the underlying muscle, it can trap pockets of fat in between. These cords pull down while the fat pushes upward — the tension creating an uneven surface or dimpling effect you would commonly see with cellulite. Cellulite can vary from person to person, with some experiencing slightly uneven skin while others may have more dramatic hills or valleys in their skin texture. 

Cellulite causes

While it’s unknown what specifically causes cellulite to occur, several factors may contribute to cellulite formation, including:

  • Genetic factors — Genetics can play a role in determining the skin structure, texture and body type, all of which can influence a person’s cellulite presence and visibility.
  • Hormonal factors — Hormones, particularly estrogen, may impact cellulite formation. Since cellulite is more common in women than men, as women age and estrogen levels decrease, blood flow to the connective tissue under the skin can also decrease. This reduction in circulation can lead to lower collagen production, causing the fat cells to become more visible. Higher amounts of estrogen during pregnancy or adolescence can also cause cellulite to develop.

  • Weight fluctuations — While fluctuating weight can be a common cause of cellulite, it can also affect people with different body types, from more lean or petite body types to more curvy bodies. 
  • Lifestyle factors — While cellulite is not exclusively weight-related, an unhealthy lifestyle can exacerbate its appearance. Poor diet, lack of physical activity and smoking can affect the blood flow and contribute to the formation of cellulite.
  • Age — As we age, our skin loses elasticity and becomes thinner, making cellulite more prominent. 

Non-surgical cellulite treatments at Elite Body Contouring 

Over the years, plenty of products have been marketed for reducing cellulite, from creams and lotions containing caffeine or retinol to spa treatments, scrubs, injectables, massages and more. While surgical treatments help break down the structures that create cellulite, going under the knife presents some risks, may cause scars and requires a longer recovery time. 

At Elite Body Contouring, we specialise in non-surgical cellulite treatments that are safe, effective and yield longer-lasting results. Our treatments focus on smoothing the skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite, providing you with a more toned and contoured appearance. A non-surgical cellulite treatment at Elite Body Contouring can combine different treatments & technologies, such as:

By using a combination technology approach, a non-surgical cellulite treatment can help to melt the fat, regenerate collagen production, improve circulation and smoothen your skin’s surface in the affected areas of concern. 

A personalised non-surgical cellulite treatment plan to suit your needs

When you choose Elite Body Contouring for your non-surgical cellulite treatment, you can trust that our expert therapists will take the time to get to know you in your initial consultation to provide you with a customised treatment plan that aligns with your goals and suits your needs. 

While the traditional cellulite classification system categorises types of cellulite into three grades, our many years of in-clinic research and working alongside medical professionals have helped influence our more comprehensive cellulite classification system, where we rate cellulite from 1 to 10 to determine the appropriate cellulite treatment we use. We refuse to take a one-size-fits-all approach at Elite Body Contouring, which means your tailored treatment program is designed to accommodate your needs.

Whether you require a foundational treatment for minimal cellulite or maintenance, a more accelerated program for mild to moderate cellulite or an advanced program to treat moderate to severe cellulite, expect our clinicians to choose the best programs to provide you with the most optimal results.

How to reduce cellulite in the long-term by tracking results 

With Elite Body Contouring, our therapists are there every step of the way to check in pre and post-treatment and measure your progress. Our therapists will measure your changes in body composition, including fat reduction, cellular water levels and muscle mass, with the InBody 770

Book your initial consultation with our team of clinicians at Elite Body Contouring

While cellulite is a common and natural skin condition, at Elite Body Contouring, we understand that for some, it may be an area of concern they wish to address. We remain committed to providing our clients with the latest and most effective non-surgical cellulite treatments. Our range of cellulite treatments meets each of our clients’ unique needs to help them achieve smoother, more contoured skin. If you’re struggling with cellulite and looking for safe and effective solutions, we invite you to consult our experts and discover the best treatment plan for you.