The ‘dimple’ truth is that many of us tend to fixate on cellulite.
Whether it’s on your thighs or your butt, chances are you may have noticed a few lumps and bumps somewhere on your bod. In case you were wondering, a significant number of women are right there with you.
“Cellulite is very common; in fact, 93 percent of women have it,” According to Dendy Engelman, M.D., board-certified dermatologic surgeon at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery.
Cellulite is a part of life — it’s estimated that over 90 percent of people have it. But not everybody feels the same way about their cellulite. A rising number of women embrace their dimples, while others, not so much.
For the latter, though, there’s a number of treatments that minimize the appearance of cellulite. Most, like the cellulite “miracle creams” you see advertised, are bogus, but minimally invasive options offered by plastic surgeons can help you get rid of dimples if you so wish. One single treatment, known as Cellfina®, however, has the potential to eradicate cellulite for five years, according to new data, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Meet Melissa – A Natural Look Medical Spa client who had a Cellfina® treatment in our office for cellulite. Melissa is in her 40’s, non-smoker, exercises regularly, and like many women have battled with cellulite for years. Cellulite doesn’t discriminate between a couch potato or athlete – the only difference may be the number of dimples or the area of concern. The most common areas for women are the dimples on the buttocks and the thighs.
For years, with our best efforts, we were trying to smooth the cellulite by plumping the pockets or dimples by temporarily reducing the appearance of cellulite. Then in 2015, Merz launched Cellfina® – a scientific breakthrough in the treatment of cellulite. For the first time, cellulite could be treated at the root cause.
The flip side of that is that keeping these other tissues healthy and strong can decrease the appearance of cellulite. Healthy skin habits will help yours maintains its elasticity, which can reduce the lumpy appearance.
“Building up muscle will help, as it will supply some support underneath” the fibrous connective tissue.
Working on your flexibility (i.e. stretching your muscles and fascia) will also help keep connective tissue more elastic and smooth.
“These are maintenance issues, not something you’re going to do one night, and the next day it’s gone,” according to John Morton, M.D., chief of bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at Stanford Health Care.
Now is the best time to say “DOWN WITH DIMPLES.”
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