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Is Cellulite Hereditary?

Is Cellulite Hereditary?

Cellulite is common — so common that it’s unusual for a woman to have none. Cellulite generally appears around puberty but can become more pronounced with age. Cellulite doesn’t exist because you’re lazy or overweight; it exists because each human body has their own ways of forming, and forming cellulite is part of that process for nearly all women. 

The warm, professional staff at Ovation Wellness is sensitive to the needs of women who are embarrassed by cellulite. At our practice in Madison, Mississippi, we have the tools and experience to treat your cellulite — and eventually, your wardrobe. Get ready for short-shorts season as we explain cellulite and how we can help you feel more confident in your skin. 

What’s in cellulite?

The myth is that cellulite is fat. The truth is that fat is certainly part of cellulite, but that’s far from the entire story. Since cellulite isn’t just fat, dieting and exercising may reduce it, but not significantly. This natural occurrence has a structure that can’t be compromised by exercise, no matter how many squats you do. 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It has the important job of maintaining the structure of your skin, keeping wrinkles at bay. Collagen provides the tough linings of all of your organs, and keeps your bones stiff and strong. Collagen, however, can work against you, and it does when it comes to cellulite. 

As fat on women naturally occurs in the thighs, buttocks, and stomach, bands of collagen protein reach up from the deeper layers of the skin. These bands attach to the top layers of the skin, pulling them down. The result is pockets of fat cells that are trapped between the bands of collagen, resulting in a bumpy texture that some liken to the skin of an orange or a mattress.

Is cellulite hereditary? 

To reiterate, what causes cellulite is the body’s natural ability to grow and change as we all go through our teen years. If one of your biological parents carries copious amounts of cellulite, you’re likely to as well. If you’re a born female, the likelihood that you will have cellulite is in the 90th percentile. Less than 10% of women, and most men, do not have cellulite. 

While gaining weight might exacerbate the appearance of cellulite, there’s little that you can do about cellulite on your own. Creams, scrubs, and tightening serums may have some softening effects on the surface of your skin, but addressing the cause of cellulite is what will make the biggest difference. 

How can I get rid of cellulite?

Cellulite is harmless, posing no threat to your life. However, many people want to reduce cellulite, or eliminate it entirely, as its cosmetic value is dubious or nonexistent. While some take pride in their body, including their cellulite, others may benefit from Cellulite Soundwave Solutions

This noninvasive treatment targets the problematic fat cells that bulge to create cellulite. Powered by a specialized device, your provider at Ovation Wellness uses a handheld apparatus to target cellulite-filled skin. Soundwaves from the device disrupt and reduce fat cells, tightening and toning your skin over the course of several treatments. 

I’m ready for my close-up 

If you’re bothered by or self-conscious about your cellulite, you might be a candidate for Soundwave therapy. Before we recommend any treatment, we sit with you for a full consultation. With a deeper understanding of your medical history, we can ensure you get the proper treatment, along with the proper support. 

Don’t suffer with embarrassment because of cellulite. What creates it is beyond your control, but doing something about it isn’t. Call our offices for a consultation today, or book an appointment with us online. 

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