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Where Does Cellulite Come From?

Where Does Cellulite Come From?

You might think that cellulite is all about fat. But it isn’t. That’s why your cellulite stays put, no matter how much you exercise, how much weight you lose, and how healthily you eat.

Cellulite is actually a condition in which tough bands of connective fibers pull your skin down toward your muscle layer. By tugging downward on your skin, the tethers force your fat layer upward, toward the surface of your skin. 

The result is a tufted appearance, just as pulling the back and front of a pillow toward each other with thread creates tufts.

At The Center for Dermatology Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, New York, our board-certified dermatologist David Bank, MD, improves the look of cellulite with a groundbreaking prescription injectable called QWO®. 

Unlike other cellulite treatments, which usually address only one aspect of cellulite, QWO works on multiple levels.

Do you have cellulite? Do you wonder why and how you got it? Do you want to know how to get rid of it? The answers are below.

Yes, this time you can blame your parents

Nobody is 100% sure exactly what causes the connective tissue in your skin to form tough bands that cause the fatty tufts of cellulite. But genes seem to play a part. If your mother had cellulite, you’re likely to get it, too.

Even if you lose weight and gain muscle, if you have cellulite, it’s still there. It may not be as noticeable as when you were heavier, but you can probably still see the dimpled skin texture that’s characteristic of this condition. 

In addition to your family history, you’re more likely to have cellulite if you’re a woman, which suggests that hormones also play a role. In fact, 80%-90% of post-pubertal women have cellulite, in contrast to just 10% of men.

Blame your parents. Blame your sex. Where do you go from here?

Break up the band(s)

QWO is an FDA-approved treatment that improves the look and texture of cellulite. But, just as cellulite’s origins are somewhat mysterious, so is the mechanism of action behind QWO.

The powerhouse behind QWO are two enzymes known as collagenases. The enzymes improve the look of cellulite by interfering with three of the factors involved in creating your unwanted dimpled fat:

The end result is a noticeable improvement in cellulite. So noticeable that 1,800 women saw a dramatic difference in QWO-treated cellulite, as compared with placebo.

Give QWO some time

Your cellulite didn’t appear overnight, and its resolution can’t, either. Because QWO works with your skin’s natural healing and collagen production processes, it takes time to make a dramatic difference in your cellulite.

In most cases, you need a complete series of three treatments to achieve smooth, tight, cellulite-free skin. You must separate every QWO session by about three weeks, so that your body can use the injected enzymes to break up your cellulite.

Although you may see results sooner, a realistic goal is that you notice a difference in your cellulite about 10 weeks after your first set of injections. A QWO treatment takes about 10 minutes. You can treat two areas during one treatment session.

Start on your cellulite-free buttocks and thighs by booking your first QWO treatment today. Contact our office today by phone or online form

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