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Cellulite: Causes and Treatments

Many women have experienced the terrible feeling of looking in the mirror and spotting cellulite. Whether it’s been there for years or is a newer addition to one’s body, it can be a frustrating find. According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 80-90% of women who have gone through puberty have cellulite. In many ways, it should be a comfort that the vast majority of women experience this, but it certainly does not take away the frustration felt when discovering or looking upon one’s cellulite.

About Cellulite

According to the Mayo Clinic, cellulite is a “very common, harmless skin condition that causes lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen.” Many people describe cellulite as a texture similar to cottage cheese. Pinching the skin can make cellulite appear more prevalent. There are four grades that are used to measure cellulite, with grade 0 being no prevalence and grade 3 being severe.

Though irritating, cellulite generally isn’t dangerous. However, if you are concerned about the way your skin is looking, be sure to seek out a medical professional for advice. 

Causes of Cellulite

Though it occurs in so many women, the actual medical cause of cellulite is not yet known. In general, though, cellulite is able to form when “fibrous bands connecting your skin to the muscle tighten irregularly.” Other theories think that cellulite could be caused by the changes that occur during puberty. When puberty occurs, the hormone estrogen is particularly prevalent in women. The fact that cellulite most often occurs after puberty has many thinking that there could be a link here.

Many people associate weight gain with causing cellulite. While weight gain can increase the visibility of the cellulite, making it more obvious, it does not actually cause cellulite to form. Two other major factors are said to contribute to the likelihood of developing the condition: genetics and activity levels. Though there’s not much to be done on the side of genetics, maintaining an active lifestyle is said to reduce the risk of cellulite in women.

Treatments for Cellulite

There are several treatments that reduce the appearance of cellulite on one’s body, including the following:


As discussed previously, maintaining an active lifestyle can certainly help with reducing the appearance of cellulite. Fat-burning activities, such as running and biking, are great to do for this.


Liposuction treatments can remove deep fat. Though it is not removing cellulite, less fat can mean less visible cellulite on different parts of your body.

Laser Treatments

Certain laser treatments can help thicken your skin, which also reduces the appearance of the condition.

Creams and Ointments

There are many ointments and creams that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. You’ll want to look for those that have 0.3% retinol or caffeine.

Deep Massaging

Deep massages can also support the reduction by creating more blood flow in these areas.

Spa Treatments

There are many types of spa treatments that can help your skin look beautiful and cellulite-free. These can combine a variety of the aforementioned methods to give the appearance that your cellulite is gone.

Hydrate Salon & Spa Can Help

Spa treatments are a great way to get moving on getting rid of your cellulite’s appearance. Allow our professional team to guide you in these treatments. We are a locally-owned and operated business that prides ourselves on quality work and friendly service. Our relaxing environment will allow you to escape the busy stress of your day-to-day life while our team improves your appearance. What could be better than a relaxing trip to the spa while you are on your way to looking better?

Call Us Today

If you are in the Greater Scottsdale area and are looking for help in figuring out your next steps when it comes to your cellulite, know that we’d love to help. Give us a call at (480) 462-5905 or email us at office@hydratesalon.com to discuss how we can get your skin looking beautiful and smooth once again.

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