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Cellulite Specialist

About Face by Luminous

Medical Spa located in New Providence, NJ

Most women and quite a lot of men are all too familiar with the dimpled, lumpy skin that’s typical of cellulite. Dr. Richard Maggio, MD, medical director at About Face by Luminous in New Providence, New Jersey, is an experienced physician who provides effective treatment options for patients with cellulite, including the innovative ZWave radial shockwave therapy. Call the clinic now to find out more, or book an appointment online.

Cellulite Q & A

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is a common problem that makes your skin look lumpy and dimpled, like the surface of an orange. You may not like the look of your cellulite, but it’s not causing you any harm, and it’s not a sign of any health problem you need to worry about.

The skin develops cellulite when the fat beneath the surface pushes in-between the connective fibers supporting your skin and holding it in place. You don’t have to be overweight to have cellulite, even very slender people can develop the condition.

What causes cellulite?

The reason why some people develop cellulite and others don’t isn’t entirely clear. Far more women have cellulite than men, and there are factors that are known to contribute to your likelihood of developing cellulite. These include:

  • Being physically inactive
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Fad diets
  • Slowed metabolism
  • Poor nutrition
  • Dehydration
  • High levels of total body fat

The composition of your skin can also affect the formation of cellulite, for example, the thickness and natural color.

What can I do about my cellulite?

If you have cellulite, look at the list of contributing factors and see if any apply to you. For instance, if you’re not drinking enough water each day, or your diet isn’t nutritious enough, you can take steps to increase your water consumption and change to a healthier diet.

If you’re overweight, shedding the excess pounds can diminish cellulite, as well as improving your health in many other ways.

There are also a variety of therapies you can try for reducing cellulite, which you can discuss with Dr. Rich at About Face by Luminous. Potential treatments include:

  • Cryolipolysis (freezing fat cells)
  • Radiofrequency therapy
  • Laser treatments
  • Massage
  • Endermologie (mechanical lipomassage)
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Subcision (incision of connective tissue)

Dr. Rich uses ZWave radial shockwave therapy to reduce the appearance of cellulite and promote the growth of new collagen to smooth out the skin.

There are also many skin care products available that claim they reduce cellulite, but these are only likely to be effective when used in combination with other forms of treatment. Retinol creams could be the exception, as there’s some evidence that regular application of retinol products for six months can thicken your skin, thus reducing the dimpling effect of the cellulite.

To find out which therapies are likely to be the most effective for reducing your cellulite, arrange a consultation by calling About Face by Luminous today, or book an appointment online.