Can poor circulation cause cellulite?

Is it true that poor circulation is a cause for cellulite?

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Cause of cellulite?

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Cellulite is not caused by circulatory issues. It is a common problem among women with ~ 85% of women reporting that they have cellulite. Fortunately, a device called Cellfina, recently came on the market and appears to be the most effect way to treat it. Three years following Cellfina treatment of cellulite, over 90% of patients are still satisfied with their results.

Can poor circulation cause cellulite?

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Cellulite is caused by the ligaments that hold skin in place pulling the skin inwards, fr whatever reason, causing dimpling. I have provided a link to my explanation of Cellulite and the best treatment currently available;le, Cellfina. 96% of Cellfina patients are pleased wit their outcome after 2 years! Good question.

Cellfina can treat cellulite which is genetic attachment to the underlying tissues and not related to blood flow

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There is no evidence that blood flow or lymphatic flow contributes to cellulite.  Procedures that may help reduce the appearance of cellulite for more than one or two months are Cellfina and ThermiTight. The former uses ultrasound and the latter, radiofrequency.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Origin of cellulite... anatomical vs. inflammatory.

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Thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.
Cellulite is the indentations of skin on various areas of the body. It is usually present in females in the buttock area.

Anatomically, we have small fibers that connect the skin to the deeper layers of the body. This prevents the skin for falling off the stronger structures giving our contours. When we gain and loose significant weight (pregnancy) fat accumulates on the compartments between those fibers. The result is skin bulging and laxity, with minimal elasticity of the fibers. The result is deeper indents.

Although water and lymphatic massages are good for the body, it truly doesn’t affect the rigid fibers of the body. The only method is to destroy the fibers with a LASER or a special sharp tool.

Finally, make sure that you have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in after weight loss surgery.

Wishing you the best in your journey


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While good blood circulation and a healthy lifestyle with exercise can help to hide the appearance of cellulite, unfortunately, there is no real way to prevent it. Cellulite affects around 90% of women. Cellulite can affect women of any age, weight, and ethnicity, regardless of lifestyle. If you are concerned about cellulite, there are a number of treatment options available. The latest and most advanced treatment option for cellulite is Cellfina, an FDA-approved non-invasive system that works by snipping the fibrous bands that connect the skin to muscle, allowing cellulite dimples to smooth out.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 25 reviews


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Cellulite is caused by connective bands woven throughout the fat that pull down the skin, creating dimpling seen on the skin’s surface.  It is genetic in nature.  Some people can loosen the tension on these bands by decreasing the amount of fat between the skin and the underlying fascial connection.  Others just have cellulite and are skinny.

The Cellfina procedure is a minimally invasive one that numbs the area around the dimple on your buttocks or thighs, and then treats the connective bands woven throughout the fat that pull down the skin, creating dimpling seen on the skin’s surface. The Cellfina cellulite procedure works by precisely treating these tethered bands, causing them to fully release. Similar to a rubberband under tension, once released, the treated skin bounces back to smooth itself out in as little as three days.

Weight gain or weight loss should not affect the outcomes and the results have been seen for over 2 years (if not more). It is truly a really exciting new technology that most women can benefit from.

Can poor circulation cause cellulite

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Cellulite is caused by the vertical orientation of fibrous tissue connecting the skin to the deeper layers below the fat. In women, the orientation of these fibers is at 90° and in men the orientation of these fibers is at 45°. Men never get cellulite. Some women get cellulite when the fat protrudes through the top layer of the vertically oriented fibers. One way to correct this is to pass a laser fiber just underneath the skin which breaks up the vertical fibers and causes them to heal at an angle of 45° therefore alleviating the cellulite. This laser is called Cellulaze. Best wishes. 

Cellulite and Circulation

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Cellulite is genetic, there is nothing you can do to prevent it.  We can do treatments to improve it however.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 203 reviews

Poor Circulation and Cellulite

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Thank you for your question.

Cellulite is just normal fat under the skin.  The bumpy appearance of cellulite is caused by fibrous bands under the skin that constrict the fat.  These bands are genetic.  However, factors such as poor diet and slow metabolism also contribute to cellulite.

For treating #cellulite, my office typically recommends one of three treatment plans: #Cellfina, #VelaShape III, #ThremiSmooth.

#Cellfina is the newest technology and probably most effective. It is a minimally invasive one-time procedure under local anesthetic that removes the fibrous bands under the skin that cause fat to bulge through creating the appearance of cellulite.

#VelaShape and #ThermiSmooth are #non-invasive #bodyshaping products that can help reduce the appearance of your cellulite over the course of multiple sessions.

Book an in-person consultation with a #BoardCertified #PlasticSurgeon to determine which treatment plan is right for you.

Best of luck.

Not related to circulation

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Cellulitis is the cosmetic appearance of dimpling.Although it is more common in heavier people it is not related to circulation. Procedures which release collagen bands -Cellfina give long term improvement.

Morris Westfried, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

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