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Butt Cellulite: Causes & Treatments

The endless number of “get rid of cellulite” exercises and diet plans on the internet indicates that this is a common issue, mostly for women. Losing weight, eating well, and exercising will keep you healthy but your butt cellulite is there to stay.

The uneven texture, skin dimples, or the “orange peel” looking skin on the buttocks is known as butt cellulite. If your butt cellulite makes you feel insecure or discourages you from flaunting your natural body at the pool or the beach, then you are not alone. Even popular celebrities admit to having cellulite on their butt. Thanks to photo editing apps that help models and celebrities to smooth out their buttocks to unrealistic levels. Some models even go under the knife to get rid of it.

Almost 90 percent of women experience irregular texture on their butt skin which brings us to the fact that butt cellulite is a very common condition that most women around the world experience.

So What is Butt Cellulite?

The term cellulite (medically known as gynoid lipodystrophy) originated in the 1920s by spa and beauty services to promote their services. (source: Wikipedia)

The uneven distribution of fat in areas such as the butt or thighs, two major parts of the body where fats are deposited, results in the lumpy appearance of the skin. The bumpy “orange peel” or the “cottage cheese” texture is due to the expanding fat cells just beneath the surface of the skin that’s bulging out through a web of connective tissue.

Cellulite most often forms when weakened connective tissues are pushed up in an irregular pattern by underlying fat

Cellulite most often forms when weakened connective tissues are pushed up in an irregular pattern by underlying fat

There are mainly three types of cellulite:

Soft cellulite (Flaccid cellulite): This first-degree cellulite is visible on lying down instead of when you are in a standing position. Usually, there’s no pain in the affected area and the appearance is slightly faded.

Hard cellulite: At this stage, your cellulite affects the appearance of your skin, is painful and stiff to touch. It’s crucial to seek treatment for second-degree cellulite before things get worse.

Edematous cellulite: The third-degree cellulite condition is uncommon but unbearably painful and severe. The lack of blood circulation and fluid retention are two main factors for Edematous cellulite. Seek proper treatment as soon as you can.

Your doctor or dermatologist will diagnose the severity of your cellulite and suggest the proper treatment for the condition.

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While it’s a myth that ‘skinny women don’t get cellulite’ it is true that the best methods to avoid it are regular exercise and a healthy diet.

What are The Causes of Butt Cellulite?

When almost all women on the planet suffer from cellulite, it’s difficult to blame a particular factor that causes it. Numerous factors can lead to unappealing butt skin. If you still believe that weight gain is the sole culprit of butt cellulite then you will be surprised to know that even weight loss can cause the dimply skin.

Cellulite can appear on your butt skin for multiple reasons, such as but not limited to:

1. Genetic inheritance – You could inherit it from your family
2. Lack of physical activity – Flaccid muscles don’t support the overlying tissues
3. Fluid retention – The build-up of excess fluids (toxins) in the body contributes
4. Dehydration – Start drinking more water, please
5. Hormonal Changes – Proper medications can improve the condition
6. Weak collagen structure – this can happen even to younger women
7. Consuming unhealthy food – say no to untimely snacks and too much sugar
8. Smoking – few things impact your tissues to a greater degree
9. Certain lifestyles – stress and lack of sleep
10. Weight loss – cellulite trapped in pockets may remain
11. Sitting for long periods (lack of circulation)
12. Tight Clothing
13. Being overweight – the fat cells accumulate mostly in the buttocks and thighs of women
14. Aging – loss of collagen and elastin

How Can You Prevent it?

Taking proper care of your body at an early age will help you prevent butt cellulite to some extent but not completely. As you begin to age, the skin loses elasticity and eventually gets loose or saggy in various parts of the body, which leads to visible cellulite.

Keeping your skin tight, elastic, and smooth can aid in the process of reducing the cottage-cheese look. Avoid the factors that contribute to butt cellulite. Including nutritious food in your diet and doing regular exercises for an active lifestyle are some of the ways you can minimize the look of butt cellulite.

What Treatment Options are Available?

If butt cellulite is stopping you from loving your body or making you feel less confident in your skin then its time to look at the available treatment options. You’ll find plenty of treatment options on the internet but not all of them have sufficient studies to prove their effectiveness. Here are a few of the notable cellulite treatments which work:

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QWO is coming soon to Magnifaskin!

1. QWO Injectable Treatment – Most Trending Butt Cellulite Treatment

QWO (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes) injectable treatment is presently the most anticipated butt cellulite treatment that has received FDA approval. The injection is indicated for adult women who suffer from moderate to severe cellulite of the buttocks. It is inserted into the dimples of the buttocks and targeted to specific cellulite areas. The treatment is a relatively painless procedure that does not require any numbing agent. QWO works by enzymatically breaking down the collagen-rich bands (fibrous septae) responsible for creating a dimple-like effect on the skin surface.

The final results promise to provide tight, smooth, and improved skin texture of the buttocks but can vary depending on the severity of the cellulite. You can walk out right after the treatment and it is expected to last for several years. QWO is set to launch in the spring of 2021 when it will be commercially available at a reasonable price. Check back as we will be providing this revolutionary treatment to our clients as soon as it becomes available.

2. Laser treatments

Cellulaze® is a widely known laser-based treatment that involves the insertion of a tiny laser fiber into the skin to break down the tight bands that contribute to skin dimpling and melts the fat through laser heat. The treatment may last for more than a year but is an expensive option and the results can soon subside.

3. Subcision

Cellfina® is a mechanical treatment that is minimally invasive and can last for a couple of years. Fibrous tissues of the targeted area are removed with the help of a tiny needle that leads to smooth skin on the surface. Unfortunately, it’s a very expensive treatment that leaves temporary bruises on the skin. Cellfina is a good option if you wish to treat a few dimples on your buttocks.

4. Vacuum-Assisted Precise Tissue Release

A much more powerful and invasive version of Cellfina. This treatment involves the use of a device with blades to cut and suction the fibrous tissues from beneath the skin. The procedure can last for around 3 years but leans towards the expensive side and requires a very long recovery period. It is also not without risk of serious side effects.

5. Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT)

With the help of shock wave energy, AWT is a pain-free treatment that works by improving skin elasticity, collagen production, and increased blood circulation that minimizes the look of cellulite on the buttocks. However, AWT treatment requires many sessions before any noticeable results can be seen along with follow-up treatments for maintenance.

6. Topical Butt Cellulite Treatments

Research has shown that non-invasive treatments like topical creams that contain moderate levels of caffeine and retinol are effective to reduce the appearance of buttock cellulite to some extent. Ingredients like caffeine can shrink the fat cells and retinol can thicken the skin on the buttocks. These creams are only an option for early stage cellulite however, and are unlikely to have any noticeable effect on more severe cellulite buildup.

Depending on body type, severity, pain tolerance, and budget, choose the treatment that your dermatologist recommends and meets your expectations.

Final Words

We all desire to have flawless skin but setting our beauty standards by comparing ourselves to online pictures of models will eventually lead to unhappiness. The first step to accepting your butt cellulite is understanding that the majority of the women have the same issue as yours – even some of those ‘flawless’ models. Photoshopping is a wonderful thing.

If you decide to treat the condition then there are many options available in the market, including the new QWO injectable treatment that promises significant cellulite reduction with a safe and affordable procedure.

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About the Author

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Christina Buckley

Christina is passionate about the science of skincare, and about helping her clients look and feel younger. Christy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Penn State, and a Masters in Biology from the University of Delaware. Through her partnership in the MagnifaSkin MedSpa clinic, she works daily to help her clients find the keys to magnifying their natural beauty.