Cellulite on the thighs is a problem faced by many women, much to the detriment of their self-esteem.
Characterized by dimpling on the backs of the upper legs, cellulite can make your skin appear lumpy and uneven.
When you have cellulite, you might choose to avoid wearing clothing that accentuates the problem. But that’s no way to live.
Whether cellulite bothers you a little bit or a lot, isn’t it time you did something about it?
You’ll be happy to know that cellulite treatments are available, and some work better than others.
When a healthy diet and exercise fail to tighten the skin on the backs of your legs, give the following cellulite treatments a try.
If you have cellulite, you can explore your treatment options by scheduling a consultation with board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Babak Moein. Call Moein Surgical Arts at your earliest convenience to ask about cellulite cosmetic treatments in the Los Angeles area.
Why Does Cellulite Form on the Thighs?
If you have cellulite on the backs of your thighs, you are definitely not alone.
In fact, women having cellulite on their thighs is more common than you might think.
Some women roll with it while others choose to cover up because they find their dimpled skin so confidence-destroying.
Cellulite forms when septae, which are the fibrous tissues that connect the skin to the underlying muscle fascia, tighten more than normal.
This pulls heavily against the skin, which causes the skin cells to break down.
With the skin damaged, the fat layer beneath the skin pushes upward. This results in that cottage cheese appearance many women hate so much.
According to the American Board of Cosmetic surgery, up to 90% of adult women experience cellulite. While the problem often appears on the thighs, it can also occur on the abdomen and buttocks.
Age often worsens the appearance of cellulite. This is due to the fact that getting older causes a diminishment of skin elasticity. Without the ability to resist the irregular tension caused by the fibrous tissues, the dimpling can become more intensified.
You might suspect that being overweight would be a primary cause of cellulite. While being overweight can make cellulite more pronounced, even lean women form cellulite, and losing weight tends to have a negligible effect.
Do Cosmetic Treatments Work for Thigh Dimpling?
If you are unhappy with cellulite on your body, cellulite reduction treatments can give you the surge of confidence you’ve been missing.
You are recommended for cellulite treatment if you are stressed or otherwise bothered by the effect dimpled skin has on your appearance.
You would be a suitable candidate for treatment if you are close to your ideal weight. Many cosmetic surgeons will recommend that you try losing weight first to see if slimming down has an effect on diminishing the appearance of the skin dimpling.
You should also be in good health and possess realistic expectations for cellulite treatments and the results they can achieve. We’ll delve into what’s possible with various cellulite procedures shortly.
What Cosmetic Treatment Options are Available for Cellulite?
Cosmetic surgery and non-surgical med-spa treatments are available to treat cellulite to varying degrees. None of them are permanent, unfortunately. The results can last a year or longer with proper maintenance. You can maintain your tremendous results by keeping your skin healthy and maintaining the same weight.
Here are the most common treatments you can turn to if cellulite has reared its ugly head and you simply want it gone.
Non-Surgical Med-Spa Treatments
Velashape is an FDA-approved treatment aimed at smoothing the appearance of cellulite from various areas of the body, including the thighs.
The treatment uses a combination of several mechanisms to treat, massage, and boost the quality of your skin. Velashape uses gentle suction, deep massage, radiofrequency, and light energies.
Using a handheld device, the cosmetic surgeon heats the fatty tissues along the treatment area.
The experience feels similar to a heated deep-tissue massage.
The results leave your skin significantly smoother with less dimpling.
The procedure can be used on the thighs, buttocks, belly, hips, love handles, and waist.
Multiple treatments may be required to achieve the desired effects, with most women needing as few as four treatment sessions to develop significant smoothness along the upper thighs.
As far as how long Velashape lasts, that depends. Factors that affect the longevity of the results include the amount of excess fat you have, the laxity of your skin, and your skin type. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and your weight, and you should be able to retain your results for a long time.
Velashape is safe, effective, and does not affect or damage the surrounding tissues. As far as negatives are concerned, they are minimal at best. You may experience red skin and a warm sensation for several hours after the treatment, which isn’t bad at all to endure for such amazing results.
Cosmetic Procedures for Cellulite Dimples
Vaser lipo takes traditional liposuction to the next level. The cosmetic treatment uses a combination of vacuum-assisted lymphatic massage and ultrasound. The lymphatic massage boosts metabolism and drains the body of fats and toxins. The ultrasound technology warms the fatty tissue, making it more malleable and easier to suction out.
Like traditional liposuction, Vaser sucks out the fat, leaving the area beautifully contoured.
Vaser takes things a step further by tightening your skin simultaneously. As if you needed another reason to give Vaser liposuction a try, many patients hail Vaser lipo as being gentler than traditional liposuction, and the results allow your body’s musculature to show through.
What About a Thigh Lift to Treat Cellulite?
The thigh lift can help with cellulite in some cases.
During a thigh lift, the cosmetic surgeon removes fatty tissue and excess skin. The rest of the tissue is tightened, leaving the thighs smooth, slender, and more youthful. This sounds like a perfect solution to cellulite, but be careful.
The best way to determine if a thigh lift can eradicate your cellulite is to schedule a consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon, such as Dr. Moein of Moein surgical arts.
You’ll find out during the initial consultation with your surgeon if a thigh lift is right for you. Here’s a test you can perform on yourself before committing to an appointment. If you can stretch out your thighs, pulling on the saggy skin, and that manages to temporarily mask the appearance of cellulite, a thigh lift may eradicate your problem entirely.
If the cellulite is still there, even after pulling the skin taught, a thigh lift procedure may not help. Although, a thigh lift used in combination with one or more cellulite reducing procedures may have the desired effect. Only a cosmetic surgeon can give you insight into which treatments might be right for you.
With regards to the thigh lift, there are three distinct types. The type that’s right for you will depend on where the cellulite has formed.
Inner Thigh Lift
Cellulite on the inner thighs is common. An inner thigh lift can help.
The cosmetic surgeon will make tiny incisions starting at the crease between the thigh and groin and ending with the crease by the buttocks. The surgeon then removes the excess skin and fat. The remaining skin is pulled tight and sutured in place, leaving smoother, more youthful contours behind.
Vertical Thigh Lift
A vertical thigh lift is recommended if recent significant weight loss has resulted in dimpled skin. Tiny incisions are first made at the crease by the groin. More incisions are made down to the inner knee. The surgeon can remove both excess skin and stubborn fat with this method, which could help you get rid of cellulite altogether.
Spiral Thigh Lift
A spiral thigh lift targets loose skin and cellulite along the inner thighs, outer thighs, front, and back.
The cosmetic surgeon can thoroughly sculpt both thighs with this advanced aesthetic technique. The incisions begin below the buttocks and traverse to the crease between the thighs and pubic area. This makes the spiral thigh lift the best solution for dimpling that affects more than the backs of the legs.
Don’t Worry About Cellulite. Get it Minimized or Erased by Scheduling a Consultation Today
Dr. Babak Moein of Moein Surgical Arts understands your concerns when you dislike cellulite and want smoother skin on the backs of your legs. Cellulite treatments – both surgical and non-surgical – are available to recontour your thighs and remove the appearance of cellulite for as long as possible.
To determine if one or more cellulite treatments might be right for you, schedule a consultation today. Call us throughout Southern California to ask about cellulite reduction and dimpled skin removal using the power of cosmetic surgery. Dial now (310)-694-4486.