Is Cellulite Hereditary?

If you’re part of the 90% of women who are afflicted with cellulite, then you know how much it can affect your confidence. Those unsightly dimples that make you want to cover up and hide can suck the fun right out of your summer.

But have you ever wondered what causes cellulite? Is it simply in your genes? And if so, is there anything you can do about it?

At Q-Care Aesthetic Laser Care, we have the answers to all of your questions, along with modern solutions that can help.

What is cellulite, exactly?

The medical term for cellulite is “edematous-fibrosclerotic panniculopathy.” It is sometimes referred to as “cottage cheese” or “orange peel skin” because of the similar dimpled texture.

Cellulite most commonly occurs on the buttocks and thighs, but it can show up in other areas of the body as well.

Many people believe that cellulite is a type of fat, but this is not accurate. It is actually a condition of the connective tissue.

Fibrous bands of tissue connect the skin and the muscle below it. These cords pull down while the fat layer between them pushes up, causing the appearance of dimpling.

What causes cellulite?

The exact causes of cellulite are not known, but there does appear to be a hereditary component. Genetics may be responsible for some of the underlying causes that contribute to this condition.

Factors such as poor circulation, hormone sensitivity, and weakness in body tissues are believed to contribute to the appearance of cellulite, and they can be hereditary.

As we age, cellulite often gets worse. Our skin loses elasticity and collagen, making the appearance of cellulite more pronounced.

Why are women more likely to have cellulite?

Cellulite is much more common among women than it is men. Fluctuations in estrogen levels are believed to be a contributing factor. It is believed that estrogen imbalances can weaken connective tissue in some women.

That would explain why some women have a tendency to develop cellulite during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, when hormone levels undergo the most change.

Can weight loss help?

Contrary to popular belief, cellulite can affect people of various body shapes and sizes. Since it isn’t fat, losing weight may not solve the problem.

Although some people notice an improvement with the implementation of an exercise regimen, this may be due to improved circulation and tightening of the skin rather than weight loss. In fact, sometimes weight loss actually makes cellulite more visible.

Treatments for cellulite

Although it is by no means a cure, maintaining a healthy lifestyle may lessen the appearance of cellulite and discourage it from forming in the first place.

There are many creams and lotions on the market that claim to make cellulite disappear, but none have been proven to offer any lasting results. Herbal and dietary supplements profess to remove cellulite also, but none of these claims have been significantly proven.

The only way to actually eliminate cellulite is to address the connective tissues that pull on the skin. One option is to soften the bands while tightening the skin with TempSure™ cellulite treatments.

TempSure uses laser energy to melt away excess fat cells, soften the fibrous bands, and improve the production of collagen. This treatment can actually improve the appearance of cellulite and create a smoother look.

If you’re ready to say goodbye to cellulite, contact Q-Care Aesthetic Laser Care in Queens, New York at 718-635-4272 or book an appointment online. With Dr. Kevin Charlotten’s expert help, you can have your confidence back in time for bikini season.

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