While there may be hundreds, if not thousands, of products that claim to banish cellulite, the fact is that these most unwelcome lumps and bumps respond best to more scientific approaches that recognize the source of the issue.
At Advanced Aesthetics Lopez Plastic Surgery, with four locations throughout Texas, Dr. Manuel Lopez and our team pride ourselves on offering science- and evidence-based products and services that deliver meaningful results, which is essential when you’re trying to get rid of cellulite.
Here’s a look at what’s behind cellulite and the best avenues toward restoring smooth and lump-free skin.
Many people think that cellulite is a problem that stems from excess fat. But that isn’t entirely true. Cellulite forms when subcutaneous fat pushes through the collagen connective fibers beneath your skin, and that can happen whether you’re carrying extra pounds or not.
Cellulite occurs far more often in women. There are two primary reasons why cellulite affects women more than men:
- The collagen fibers in women are patterned differently, which allows more fat to push through
- The loss of estrogen in women due to aging leads to reduced blood flow to these tissues and less collagen production
Now that we better understand how cellulite forms, let’s take a look at three ways to reduce these unwelcome bumps.
Three steps to reduce cellulite
Many over-the-counter products that claim to banish cellulite are, at best, temporarily effective, and, at worst, entirely ineffective. To truly treat cellulite, you need to go to the source of the problem.
1. Hydration and detoxification
Toxins tend to gather in your fatty tissues, which can exacerbate cellulite. By drinking plenty of water, you can flush out these toxins, even before they go into “long-term” storage in your fat cells. Better still, detoxing your body regularly is a great way to battle cellulite and boost your health. To get started, here are a few tips for body detoxes.
2. Hormone replacement therapy
If you’re a premenopausal, menopausal, or postmenopausal woman and you’ve developed cellulite as a result of the drop in estrogen, you can try hormone replacement therapy.
Almost two years ago, the FDA approved the first injectable for moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of women. Since the introduction of QWO, we’ve helped many people garner fantastic results, and we’re sure we can do the same for you.
The active ingredient in QWO is a collagenase — enzymes believed to release the fibrous bands in your tissue, redistribute fat cells, and encourage new collagen growth.
We typically recommend a series of three QWO treatments spaced apart by three weeks. As you progress through your treatments, you’ll realize gradual results, and your skin will gradually become smoother.
If you want cellulite-free skin, contact one of our San Antonio, Texas, area locations in Stone Oak, Alamo Heights, Boerne, or New Braunfels to schedule your QWO appointment.