What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is caused by three separate factors:
Thin dermis with depressions
The skin has three components – Epidermis (the skin you see), Dermis (the skin you don’t see), and the subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin you don’t see). While the epidermis is the most visible, it is really the “paint job” of your skin, while the skin “engine” is the dermis. It is the dermis that supports the epidermis. When the dermis is thin, the epidermis and dermis can dent, or bow internally. This is one of the causes of cellulite, but it can commonly be remedied with medical grade skin care, and/or collagen induction therapies. Of all the components of cellulite, this is the smallest contributing factor, but it is important to understand and treat to get your best result.
Fat deposits along deep dermis
Occasionally, cellulite can look lumpy rather than dimply. In this case, there are subcutaneous fat deposits that are superficially placed either within the dermis, or its too superficial, and it displaces the dermis upwards. This too is a less common cause of cellulite, but it needs to be understood. In this case, we tend to use a modality called Cellulaze, which uses a special form of laser liposuction to both remove the fat and tighten the dermis. This is a very uncommon type of cellulite found on the gluteal skin
Septations superficial fascia
This is the most common form of cellulite found on gluteal skin. In this instance, there are literally tethers from the deeper structures of the glutes called “septae”. These bridges, or septations, create contour deformities and dimples throughout the skin. This is the most common form of cellulite in women on the gluteal skin, encompassing over 98% of cases.