Would you walk backwards into the ocean on vacation?
That might sound weird…but it probably doesn’t sound too weird to you if you’re bothered by cellulite. Cellulite–dimpled skin on the backside, thighs, and elsewhere–is a common source of insecurity. It’s also incredibly prevalent among women–estimates vary but somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of women have cellulite. Even the world’s most beautiful supermodels and fittest athletes have it.
Cellulite is natural and harmless. It’s the result of fat cells underneath your skin growing larger. This puts stress on the connective tissue that attaches your skin to your muscles, causing the tissue to weaken and the fat cells to push upwards, causing the dimpled effect. Everyone has fat deposits under their skin, and even if you’re very fit and trim, just aging out of your early twenties can cause cellulite to show up. Other causes include lifestyle, hormones and use of hormonal birth control, and genetic factors. Temporary things like dehydration can also make cellulite simply look worse. And once again, most women have it–no matter what social media might lead you to think, you are in the majority if you have a little dimpling on your thighs. Seriously.
However, if you want to do something to reduce the appearance of cellulite, we’re here to help. There are many treatment options out there. We’re talking about three popular less invasive options: subcision, Evolve Trim, and Cellulaze lazer.
But first: do those cellulite creams work?
Your short answer is no. While topical treatments may temporarily reduce the look of cellulite, they cannot alter the structure of your skin. Cellulite occurs because of how your skin is structured, and topical caffeine creams will not affect that. For any kind of lasting change–for results that last more than a few hours–you’ll need more advanced technology that penetrates deeper.
Subcision: It’s Been Around for A While…but is it good?
Subcision has been around for a long time–over twenty years. During this treatment, a specially designed needle cuts the septa (the connective tissue) under the skin and allows the fat cells to redistribute themselves more evenly. Doctors can do it manually or in vacuum-assisted versions that allow for more precision. It’s a minimally invasive treatment, but it is still invasive. Common side effects include bruising and swelling, but most patients require only a few days of downtime. The results last for about two years. But there’s a downside: it can cause the skin to sag over time. For this reason, we don’t believe subcision is a good option.
Cellulaze: A Laser Just For Cellulite
- Cellulaze is a laser treatment used in targeted areas. It’s minimally invasive and performed under local anesthesia. The laser is inserted just under the patient’s skin. It has multiple beams that each do different things:
- one releases the septa bands that pull on the skin
- one heats up the fat cells
- another increases collagen and elastane production, tightening the skin and giving it more elasticity.
Cellulaze is often used alongside subcision to target cellulite. It’s a technically demanding procedure for the physician, requiring an experienced provider. Downtime is minimal–a few days of bruising and tenderness. Results can last for up to a year.
Evolve Trim: Cellulite Reduction And Body Sculpting
Evolve Trim combines multiple technologies in one treatment: radiofrequency, deep tissue heating, and negative vacuum pressure. Multiple applicators are placed on the treatment area, secured in place, and attached to Evolve’s proprietary machinery. it’s non-invasive and sessions only last 30 minutes. Best of all, the applicators are hands-free, so while you’re there, you could potentially get another treatment at the same time, like a Hydrafacial. (Multitasking!) The radiofrequency destroys fat cells and promotes collagen production, which tightens the skin, reducing the look of cellulite. And the vacuum pressure works with controlled energy pulses to sculpt the body. Evolve Trim results may take longer to appear, but they are more permanent compared to other cellulite-reduction treatments. This is because fat cells in the treatment area are permanently destroyed and your body eliminates them.
How do I know which cellulite treatment is right for me?
There are a variety of factors that will determine which treatment is best for you, including how severe your cellulite is. More severe cellulite may require more treatment sessions or two treatments in conjunction with each other. Your body weight may also influence which treatment is best for you, as some require a BMI below a certain threshold in order for the treatment to be effective. So, it’s important to consult with your treatment provider to determine which is best for you.
If you ask us, though, we’re big fans of Evolve Trim for its longer-lasting results and the fact that it creates other benefits too, like increased collagen and elastane production. And if you’re thinking of Evolve Trim for cellulite, you can consult with an expert for free in our app, Upkeep! You can also book Evolve Trim and other medspa treatments right there in the app from a network of carefully vetted providers. Just thought we’d put that out there ;)
In conclusion, there are many options for reducing the look of cellulite–we just picked the ones with the best reputations in the industry that are minimally invasive. We hope it helps you decide which is right for you, but remember: cellulite is nothing to be ashamed of, and you should only do something about it for yourself, not for anyone else. If it feels right for you, we say go for it, babe.