July 8, 2020 Dr. Tali Arviv, MD
In Blog



Cellulite is a cosmetic skin condition that causes a dimpled appearance on the surface of the skin. The bumpy texture is a combination of expanding fat cells that bunch up underneath the skin and fibrous bands that tether the skin to underlying muscle. As fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough bands pull down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling.

Genetics is a key factor in determining skin structure, skin texture and body type. Other factors, such as hormone changes, weight, and muscle tone affect whether you have cellulite, though even very fit people can have it. Many people try, with variable success, to improve the appearance of their skin through weight loss, exercise, massage and creams marketed as a solution to cellulite. Medically proven treatment options are available as well.

Here at Arviv Aesthetics, we offer a variety of treatments that help reduce the appearance of cellulite based on individual patient needs. For each of these treatments, it is recommended to schedule or anticipate 6-10 sessions for optimal results.

  1. Endermologie is a FDA-cleared massage treatment that uses a patented roller system to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Endermologie stimulates dormant cells by using a patented roller and pulsation technologies. The rollers and suction system manually stimulate fat cells for deep tissue mobilization to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It improves lymphatic circulation, tones the skin, and also contributes up to a 70% increase in the release of fat cells, also known as lipolysis. The roller movements help your skin by increasing elastin and type 1 collagen.
  2. Laser lipolysis is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat from fiber-optic lasers at various wavelengths to melt body fat. For the procedure, one of our technicians will place pads equipped with laser diodes directly onto the skin. The laser energy penetrates down to the fat cells and creates tiny holes in their membranes. This causes the fat cells to release stored fatty acids, glycerol, and water into the body and then shrink, potentially resulting in lost inches. The body then flushes out the expelled fat-cell contents via the lymphatic system or burns them for energy. The added benefit of laser lipolysis is that it spurs the production of the protein collagen, making skin more taut and reducing signs of cellulite.
  3. Ultrasonic Cavitation decreases the appearance of cellulite especially when applied in conjunction with Radio Frequency (RF). Ultrasonic Cavitation works by breaking down stubborn fat tissues, which are then disposed through the lymphatic and urinary systems. An ultrasound transducer will be applied over the treatment site to penetrate deep into the tissue and break down fat cell membranes. This does not affect the nearby tissues such as skin, arteries and peripheral nerves. It is completely painless and free of harm. The RF modality generates heat in the sub-dermis tissue, where cellulite is located, to stimulate the lymphatic system as well as cause immediate collagen contraction and regeneration, improving cellulite reduction, wrinkles, and skin laxity.

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