Cellulite…that dreaded word that every woman fears.  What is it and how is it caused? Cellulite is simply normal fat underneath the skin. With cellulite, the fat appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker or dimple. Cellulite is most common on the stomach, buttocks, and legs and is more common among women than men.

Although there is no definitive answer for whether or not cellulite is hereditary, it is likely that if other women in your family have cellulite, your chance of having it is good. Other factors that influence how much cellulite you have and how visible it is include:

  • Poor diet
  • Fad dieting or rapid weight loss
  • Slow metabolism
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Hormone changes
  • Dehydration
  • Total body fat
  • Thickness and color of skin

Cellulite tends to be less noticeable on darker skin. If you have light skin and plan to be out in a bathing suit or short shorts, applying a self-tanner may make the bumps and dimples on your thighs less noticeable.

If cellulite is keeping you in pants and capris this summer, take advantage of our SmoothShapes special this month; buy 4 SmoothShapes treatments and get 1 free. SmoothShapes combines dynamic laser and light energy with mechanical massage and suction to specifically impact the tissue components responsible for the appearance of cellulite. It gently modifies cell behavior to restore normal activity and improve tissue functionality. This process is completely non-invasive and most patients compare it to a deep-tissue massage.

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