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Unwanted Fat Treatment | Illinois Dermatology Institute

Cellulite isn’t a medical concern, but many find it a considerable cosmetic challenge. If you’ve spent hours at the gym, purchased a garage full of useless cellulite-burning equipment, and tried dieting the pockets of fat away to no avail, it might be time for a more direct approach.

Non-invasive fat removal is becoming increasingly popular among diverse populations of patients. If you have stubborn pockets of fat that you’d like to finally bid farewell to, IDI offers a series of next-generation thermal manipulation options designed to target unmovable fat cells.


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What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is the collection of normal fat deposits that appear uneven, lumpy skin on the hips, buttocks, and thighs. This is due to a network of connective fibers beneath the skin that pull downwards towards the muscle while the fat pushes upward.

While both men and women can have cellulite, it is more common in women. It is thought that because the connective fibers are arranged in a vertical fashion in women, the appearance of cellulite is more pronounced. It is mainly seen in the upper thigh and buttock region, though it can occur all over the body..

Many factors can determine the presence and severity of Cellulite.

  • Genetic factors are very important. It is considered an inherited condition, as it can run in families.
  • Obesity can play a role in some cases, although many non-obese women can have Cellulite.
  • Age often plays a major role since the skin becomes thinner with age, and thus reveals more readily the underlying imperfections.
  • The role of smoking has not yet been entirely elucidated.

Treatment Options

Many people find that the appearance of cellulite is dramatically reduced after weight loss. However, for people genetically predisposed to cellulite, this often doesn’t yield the desired results.

While a healthy diet and frequent exercise should always be among the main strategies for managing and minimizing cellulite, there are other Cosmetic Procedures that can deliver positive aesthetic outcomes. Some of the newest techniques include:

  • Radiofrequency treatments: This is the use of ablative laser technology to destroy the connective fibers that constrict fat deposits, creating a smoother appearance.
  • Cryolipolysis: This is a non-invasive technique that removes subcutaneous fat deposits by exposing them to freezing temperatures. The fat cells are destroyed and ultimately flushed from the body.
  • Ultrasound: This technique employs intensely powerful sonic waves to destabilize walls of fat cells in the target area. The body metabolizes the fat, removing it from the body completely.
  • Tumescent Liposuction: For fat removal is one of the best liposuction methods and the safest. Almost any body area may be treated, the most common being abdomen, female hips and thighs, neck, and male waist (love handles). Tumescent liposuction utilizes large volumes of a lightly salted water solution containing a precise amount of a dilute local anesthetic (lidocaine), and adrenaline, which is dispersed into the fatty tissue. The injected area then becomes locally numbed. This way, liposuction patients usually need no general anesthesia, unlike traditional liposuction.
  • Lipotherme: An innovative Laser Lipolysis procedure that heats and melts the fat under the skin and can be used before Tumescent Liposuction to soften and thus facilitate the removal of excess fat. The fat that is left behind is metabolized by the body in 1 to 2 months. At the same time, the skin is warmed from underneath. Collagen contraction results in less flabbiness and tighter skin than may result following Liposuction alone.

Cellulite Treatments – Cellulite by Thermage

  • No surgery.
  • No injections.
  • No downtime.

Thermage tightens and thickens the skin fairly uniformly, including where the fat is herniating. Thus, in addition to reducing the diameter and circumference of the thighs and buttocks, it can reduce the lumpiness of cellulite. One treatment usually suffices.

Cellulite Categories

Cellulite is graded into 4 categories:

  1. Grade 1 – Mild and visible dimpling only when pinched.
  2. Grade 2 – Cellulite is visible when standing but disappears when lying down. There is more fat swelling, and spider veins may be present.
  3. Grade 3 – Protruding lobules of fat visible when standing as well as when lying down.
  4. Grade 4 – Cellulite is nodular (lumpy) and can be hard and painful.

Thermage can help improve the appearance of early (Grade 1 & 2) cellulite, but the results will likely be temporary and may be subtle.

At IDI, we partner with you to determine the best cellulite removal strategy for your body, lifestyle, and goals. Along with treating most skin conditions, you can rely on us to keep your skin looking your best. If you think fat removal treatment could be right for you, Please Contact Our Helpful Team to book a consultation today!


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