14/03/2014

Dimples are cute on your face. But on your thighs and belly? Not so much.

Roughly 9 out of 10 women have some degree of cellulite — that bumpy texture on the skin of the legs, buttocks, arms, abdomen, and jowls. Even slender people can have it, because cellulite has nothing to do with weight. The real culprit is the bands of connective tissue below the skin, which pull down while pockets of fat push outward, creating the dreaded “cottage cheese” appearance. Hormones, diet, aging, and lack of exercise can all play a role in how much you have.

Nothing has been proven to remove cellulite for good. Many treatments provide a temporarily smoother appearance, but some new technologies on the market are starting to show longer-lasting results.

High-tech treatment

Two years ago, Cellulaze became the first procedure approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat cellulite. It uses a laser inserted just under the skin to melt fat deposits and break up the fibrous bands that cause the dimples. The laser also stimulates collagen production in the skin to improve its elasticity and thickness.

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