Can poor circulation cause cellulite?

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

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Origin of cellulite... anatomical vs. inflammatory.

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

Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Can poor circulation cause cellulite

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. 

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
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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.

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Poor Circulation and Cellulite

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.

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Cause of cellulite?

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.

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Not related to circulation

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.

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Poor circulation results in changes in the skin and swelling.  Cellulite is has several grades and is resulting from abnormal bands beneath the skin that can be treated safely and effectively with Cellfina.

Can poor circulation cause cellulite?

It may not be helping the cellulite.  There are several ways to address cellulite depending upon depth of cellulite, location, elasticity of overall skin envelope, and subcutaneous fat layer.

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Top expert in cellulite therapy with the Brazilian Cellulite Treatment

Cellulite is partly genetic and almost everyone has it to some degree. I have invented a procedure for cellulite that was featured on The Doctors and continue to see very positive results with the Brazilian Cellulite Treatment. 

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