If you struggle with the appearance of cellulite on your backside, you aren’t alone. In fact, approximately 90% of women have or will develop cellulite over the course of their lifetime. Cellulite is especially common for women to develop around the buttocks as estrogen prompts fat to store in this area. Fortunately, there are effective medspa treatment options on the market that can specifically target and reduce cellulite on the buttocks, leaving you with a dimple-free, smoother backside.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is the dimpled appearance of the skin, most commonly found on the thighs and bottom. Women are more prone to cellulite than men due to women’s natural biology and their distribution of fat, muscle, and connective tissue.
Contrary to popular belief, cellulite isn’t an excess of fat. And, it isn’t caused by lifestyle choices like what or how much you eat, how much you exercise, or how healthy you are. As you age, the fat cells beneath the skin accumulate and push upward as the fibrous bands that connect the skin to the tissue underneath pull downward. Combined with the natural thinning of your skin over time, this creates the lumpy, dimpled surface that plagues a majority of women over the age of 25.
There are some factors that may increase cellulite development, such as hormonal changes that can occur during pregnancy, menopause, and when taking hormonal contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy. Carrying excess weight can also make cellulite more visible. Maintaining a healthy weight and staying active can naturally reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Although cellulite is not harmful, trying to improve the appearance of cellulite can feel discouraging. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), numerous treatments are available; however, regardless of the high promises, these treatments vary in effectiveness.
5 Common Treatments for Cellulite Reduction: Do they work?
Since there are so many cellulite reduction treatments on the market, it may feel overwhelming to determine which method is most effective for you. Again, there is no magic bullet when it comes to eliminating cellulite on the buttocks completely, but there are a few ways to reduce its appearance.
1. Topical Cellulite Creams
There are numerous topical creams claiming to treat cellulite, with the most effective being products that contain either retinol or caffeine. Retinol products work by thickening the epidermis, which may create a natural smoothing effect; however, they must be used for at least 6 months to see the benefits. Caffeine, on the other hand, is believed to work by dehydrating and shrinking the cells. Unfortunately, this option is not a cellulite cure; results are temporary so topical creams must be used every day to see any improvement.
Massages work by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation in the problem areas through lymphatic drainage (excreting excess body fluid). This may result in a slight improvement in the appearance of cellulite; however, results are short-lived. As the inflammation and blood flow return to their normal state, the divots and dimples will reappear.
3. Laser treatments
During a laser treatment, a small incision is made to allow for the insertion of the laser fiber underneath the skin. The laser then uses thermal heat to sever the fibrous bands and loosen the tension causing the divot. Laser treatments may be an effective way to reduce the amount of cellulite you have temporarily, however repeat treatments are needed to see continual results. Depending on the type of laser treatment you undergo, results can last anywhere from six months to a year and longer.
During a subcision, a microblade is inserted below the skin at each targeted cellulite dimple. A fanning motion is then used to cut the fibrous bands in that area. While post-treatment bleeding is generally minimal, some swelling and soreness are common. Additionally, there is a potential for scarring at each insertion point, so this may be a concern for anyone who scars easily. The results of subcision typically last two years.
5. QWO® as a Cellulite Treatment
Cellulite reduction treatment with QWO is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment for cellulite in the buttocks of adult women with moderate to severe cellulite.
The enzymes used in QWO treatment work below the surface of the skin to address the actual structural cause of the cellulite. By releasing the fibrous bands that are pulling the skin downward, fat cells are redistributed and new collagen growth is stimulated.
How is QWO different from other cellulite treatments?
QWO is injected directly into the specific problem areas in the buttocks using a small needle. Appointments are quick and easy, with the injections taking as little as 10 minutes.
While there are other treatments that work below the skin to release the fibrous bands that contribute to the appearance of cellulite, QWO does this chemically. This makes QWO a less invasive option with no post-treatment downtime, compared to other treatment options.
Results with QWO
Cellulite is categorized into three grades of severity:
Grade 1: Mild cellulite that appears superficial on the skin.
Grade 2: Moderate cellulite that has a cottage cheese appearance and contains five to nine medium depressions.
Grade 3: Severe cellulite that is severely draped and contains 10 or more depressions.
Unlike other treatments that typically target mild cellulite, QWO can effectively treat moderate to severe cellulite (Grades 2-3).
A QWO treatment plan consists of 3 separate treatment visits scheduled 21 days apart. In only 10 weeks you can enjoy the benefits of smoother, less dimpled skin. While it’s currently unclear how long results can be expected to last, it’s believed that QWO can reduce the appearance of cellulite for 1-2 years—offering the long-lasting results many are looking for!
Book your QWO appointment today for cellulite reduction treatment in NYC and be on your way to a dimple-free bottom in no time!