The appearance of cellulite on the body can make anyone feel self-conscious, but fortunately, there are cellulite reduction treatments to explore at Franklin Skin and Laser in Franklin, TN. Of course, we all know that something that seems too good to be true usually is, so it makes sense to be a little skeptical about cellulite treatments. Do these treatments work? And, most importantly, will these treatments work for you? The answer is yes – these treatments are highly effective for most people.
How Effective Is Cellulite Reduction?
Cellulite reduction refers to any treatment that smooths, reduces, or eliminates the appearance of cellulite on the body. These treatments are highly effective for treating moderate to severe cellulite, particularly on the lower half of the body. In fact, some treatments to reduce cellulite are so effective that you will be able to see visible results in as little as one treatment. The results of these treatments can even last for several years.
Our Treatment Options
At Franklin Skin and Laser, we offer two main treatments for the reduction of cellulite. Both Z-Wave and Profound are treatments that can reduce the appearance of cellulite through non-invasive, energy-based methods. These treatments are comfortable, easy to manage, and require no downtime for recovery.
Z-Wave is a unique shockwave treatment to reduce the appearance of cellulite. This treatment works by using acoustic waves to simultaneously break up the tense fibrous bands that cause cellulite, while also stimulating the natural production of collagen. The result will be skin that is smoother, tighter, and firmer, as well as healthier looking.
Unique to this treatment is that, in addition to reducing the appearance of cellulite, patients may also be able to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Stretch marks generally appear when the skin stretches without adequate collagen. Because this treatment increases collagen production from the inside out, the surface of your skin will also benefit from new collagen formation and the appearance of stretch marks will be reduced.
Profound is an incredibly effective treatment that combines radiofrequency with microneedling to revitalize the appearance of the skin. Profound treatments can be used to correct the appearance of cellulite and loose skin on the body. Particularly for cellulite reduction, the heat of radiofrequency can stimulate collagen production in the skin, which can create firmer skin that smooths away the appearance of cellulite.
For both of these treatments, the goal is to create smoother, firmer, more youthful-looking skin to mask the appearance of cellulite on the body. Visible cellulite typically forms when the skin thins with aging; by increasing collagen in the skin, you will be able to reduce the appearance of cellulite because the skin will be thicker and cellulite will be harder to detect.
Where Can You Use These Treatments?
Between the two, Profound is the more versatile treatment. Because of the more delicate treatment system, this treatment can be used on most areas of the face and body, including the neck, jowls, buttocks, and thighs. Z-Wave, on the other hand, can be used primarily on the lower body, such as the hips, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. Please discuss all possible treatment areas during your consultation.
Which Treatment Is Right for You?
Determining which treatment is right for you will depend on the severity of your cellulite, the location of your cellulite, your age, your health history, and your aesthetic goals. The only way to decide the treatment best suited to your needs will be by attending a consultation appointment. During your consultation, one of our skin experts will examine the condition of your cellulite and collect relevant medical information.
We will also go over your aesthetic goals, even those that are not related to cellulite. In order to build a treatment plan that meets all of your aesthetic requirements, understanding other areas of concern, such as stretch marks, is relevant. This is particularly true because a treatment like Z-Wave can also treat some types of scarring, so it might be the ideal treatment for you.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
The number of treatments you will need will depend on your specific amount of visible cellulite. For those who only have mild cellulite, one or two treatments spaced a few weeks apart may be adequate to achieve your desired results. For those who have moderate to severe cellulite, three to six or treatments may be necessary to build up enough collagen to reduce cellulite.
How Soon Will You See Results?
The results of your treatment will be visible as collagen is produced within the deeper layers of your skin. It may take several days or weeks to increase collagen production, and collagen may not appear fully mature for up to one month. While many will see visible improvements in only a few weeks, the results of this treatment truly get better with time. You will be able to see the final results of your treatment several weeks after your last treatment.
How Long Do Results Last?
The results of this treatment will last for as long as collagen production remains high in the skin. Collagen can last for several months or years in the skin, depending on your age, genetics, and other factors. You can expect the results of either of these treatments to last for up to a year or more most of the time, particularly if you take measures to maintain the results of the treatment.
How Can You Maintain Results?
Cellulite occurs as a natural part of the aging process. While your gender, genetics, and general health may contribute to cellulite formation, there are certain things you can do to maintain your results. In general, you should ideally focus on your health since healthy skin and a healthy lifestyle will slow collagen depletion.
The best way to maintain your results is to lead a healthy, moderately active lifestyle. Maintaining your weight is key, as well as drinking enough water and regularly exercising. You can also maintain your results with annual treatments about once a year to keep collagen production high.
The Difference Between Fat Dimpling and True Cellulite
While fitness is certainly important, many people mistake ordinary fat dimpling for true cellulite. There is a big difference between these two skin conditions. Fat dimpling typically happens as a result of excess fat on the body and appears similar to cellulite – but this type of dimpling fades with toning exercises and weight loss. Cellulite, on the other hand, creates larger and deeper dimples that remain even after weight loss.
Furthermore, cellulite also typically forms in women more often than men, regardless of body weight. This is because the skin structure of women is less firm than men, which allows cellulite to be visible. Essentially, although cellulite occurs because of fat cells, the presence of cellulite does not indicate a weight issue.
Why Should You Reduce Cellulite?
The primary reason to seek cellulite reduction treatments is to improve your self-confidence. Cellulite is a benign skin condition that is not tied to any significant medical concerns, so any cellulite treatment is considered purely cosmetic. That said, aside from increasing your sense of self-confidence, there may be other reasons to want to reduce cellulite.
For example, cellulite typically occurs concurrently with sagging or loose skin. Cellulite reduction treatments can also tighten and tone the skin, which helps you look healthier and more fit. Certain clothing styles, such as yoga pants, may also look better when you reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Most people are good candidates for either Profound or Z-Wave treatments, largely because these treatments are non-surgical and non-invasive. These treatments also do not introduce any foreign substances into the body, which makes them ideal for people who may have certain allergies. If you are healthy, not pregnant, and have moderate cellulite, then you are likely an ideal match for these treatments.
Feel More Confident About Your Body
The appearance of cellulite on the body can make anyone feel self-conscious about their looks. Fortunately, there are a couple of cellulite reduction treatments that can smooth the appearance of the skin without any downtime. Treatments like Profound and Z-Wave are non-invasive options that can improve the appearance of cellulite and the overall health of the skin by increasing collagen production. If you think these treatments may be ideal for you, contact us at Franklin Skin and Laser in Franklin, TN to schedule your consultation today.