Cellulite is the name given to the lumpy, dimpled flesh that occurs on the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen, most commonly in adolescent and adult women. The appearance of cellulite is dependant on its severity. For example, mild cellulite is seen only when the skin is pinched, while more severe cellulite
gives the skin a cottage cheese or orange peel texture with areas of peaks and valleys. Although cellulite is not threatening to your health, many individuals seek treatment for cosmetic reasons.
What Treatment Does Dr. Manrique Offer to Patients With Cellulite?
Treatment for cellulite ultimately is determined by the severity and location of the cellulite, and can vary. Although cellulite can be difficult to treat because it is caused by hormonal changes that produce fibrotic bands that form dimples and saggy skin, Dr. Manrique offers a few treatment solutions:
Subcision may also be used to smooth out the fibrotic bands, in coordination with fat transfer to fill out areas of depression. Subcision is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure used to treat depressions in tissue by inserting a hypodermic needle into the skin and using it to break the fibrotic bands responsible for holding the skin to the underlying tissue. After subcision, fat can be transferred to areas that require more volume to even out the skin’s texture.
For areas with minimal depressions, Sculptra may be used instead. Sculptra is a type of dermal filler that is used to correct areas of depression by adding volume. It is a faster, less expensive, and less painful alternative to surgery with no recovery time.