Does Poor Circulation Affect Cellulite or Make It Worse?

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Common Causes & Connections to Cellulite

Cellulite is simply normal fat beneath the skin. It is caused by rubber-band-like connective tissues under the skin that compress the fat into dimples.  The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker. 

Although, cellulite is not harmful to one's health, many people strive to eliminate it due to it's appearance. Cellulite is more common among women than men. If other women in your family have or had cellulite, there's a good chance you will as well.
Other factors that influence cellulite and it's visibility include:
• Poor #diet
• Fad dieting
• Slow #metabolism
• Lack of physical #activity
• #Hormone changes
• #Dehydration
• Total body #fat
• Thickness and color of your #skin
Cellulite tends to be less noticeable on darker skin. Further, having cellulite does not imply one is overweight. Thin people can also have it. If one is overweight,  however, losing weight may reduce cellulite.
There are many #products and #treatments that promise to get rid of cellulite on #thighs and #buttocks. But there is little evidence that shows that many of them work well or for long. Clinical treatments offer the most #effective and longest lasting results.  We can now offer improvements that should last at least 2-3 years. I recommend three different #procedures: #ThermiSmooth, #VelaShape 3, and #Cellfina.


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 102 reviews

Poor Circulation

Poor circulation does not appear to affect cellulite.   To treat cellulite,  I would recommend you evaluate Cellulaze - a FDA approved one time treatment that utilizes a 1440 nm wavelength laser to accomplish 3 things:  1) melt away fat bulging out 2) break up fibrous septae (attachments) that create the indentations and 3) help thicken the dermis (skin) to prevent future recurrence.   The procedure can take between 60-90 minutes and can be completed under local or just IV sedation (depending on the length of your procedure and number of areas being treated). To see your final results takes between 3-6 months. You can visit the cellulaze . com website to learn more about the procedure and find a plastic surgeon who performs the procedure near you. Best of luck!

Dr. Basu
Houston, TX

What causes cellulite

Poor circulation does not affect cellulite; this is normally caused by genetics, hormones, or severe drop in weight. The best way to improve cellulite is the minimally invasive procedure Cellulaze.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Poor Circulation and Cellulite

Thank you for your question. Poor circulation does not affect cellulite. Cellulite is generally caused by a combination of factors including aging, hormones, genetics and dramatic weight changes. These factors can cause connective tissue bands under the skin to stiffen and the fat cells they surround to become larger and push up into the skin. And that creates the “cottage cheese” effect you wish you could eliminate, which is even easier to see if you have thin skin.

Poor circulation not cause of cellulite

Neither.  Genetics is a primary determinate of who developes cellulite.  Age and weight gain are factors also.

We have had success with Exilis radiofrequency therapy for cellulite.

Robert Strimling, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.3 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

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