If you have cellulite, you’re not alone. Between 80-90% of women deal with this unwelcome issue at some point, and men aren’t immune from it, either. And because cellulite involves the skin itself, losing weight or toning muscles usually isn’t enough to smooth the skin.
But, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with your cellulite. Here at Stellar Skin and Laser in Tempe, Arizona, our team offers two highly effective ways to banish cellulite: QWO® injections and noninvasive EMTONE® treatment.
To understand how these treatments work, it’s first helpful to understand why we get cellulite. Let’s dive in.
The problem with cellulite
In order to explain what cellulite is, we have to first explain the structure of skin. While skin is thin, it actually has three layers. They are as follows:
- The epidermis, which is the outer layer
- The dermis, which is the middle layer
- The subcutaneous fat layer, which is the bottom layer
Now that you know what your skin consists of, you need to know how your skin attaches to your body. Vertical bands of tissue called fibrous septae connect your dermis — your middle layer — to your muscle tissue beneath your skin.
Here’s where the problem comes in. If the cells in the subcutaneous fat layer expand, they’ll push up. However, the fibrous septae will continue to pull down to hold the skin in place. This, then, is what gives the dimpled appearance on the skin.
Your cellulite treatment options
Here at Stellar Skin and Laser, we offer two cellulite treatment options:
These FDA-approved shots for cellulite do two things. First, they work to ease the tension caused by the fibrous septae, or connective tissue. The result is the cells in the subcutaneous fat layer can redistribute instead of push upward. The second thing these injections do is spur the production of new collagen to help support the connective tissues.
QWO is specifically designed to treat cellulite in the buttocks. The treatment takes about 10 minutes and comes with no downtime. We usually recommend a series of QWO injections to help you reach your ideal results. Most people see smoother skin in about 10 weeks.
While QWO is extremely effective for cellulite, we know that some people want to avoid injections. That’s why we offer EMTONE, a noninvasive treatment that sends both radiofrequency and targeted pressure energy through the skin to reduce cellulite. This treatment works to lengthen the connective tissues, and, at the same time, shrink fat cells in the subcutaneous fat layer.
EMTONE treatments usually take about 20 minutes, and patients say they often feel like a hot stone massage. No downtime is required. Most people opt for several treatments — usually about four — to achieve their ideal results. You can expect to see results in the weeks and months that follow.
If you’re ready to say goodbye to cellulite, we can help. To learn more, call 480-630-0223 or book an appointment online with Stellar Skin and Laser today.