Cellulite is a skin surface change that occurs in most women. It presents as skin texture changes showing dimpling and irregularity that occurs mainly in women on the buttocks,thighs, and inner legs. Cellulite, as we understand it in Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin, is caused by the protrusion of surface fat within fibrous connective tissue, leading to a cottage cheese or orange peel–like appearance. Cellulite is a description rather than a physical object. The term was first used in the 1920s, and began appearing in English language publications in the late 1960s, with the earliest reference in Vogue magazine. Cellulite existence as a real disorder has been questioned, and our medical opinion is that cellulite is only the “normal condition of many women”. At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin we describe cellulite as an inappropriate term used by women to describe curves which they judge to be too plump and not very aesthetic.
Cellulite: Ugly unwanted dimples of fat
At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin we see cellulite affecting up to 80% of women. There appears to be a hormonal component to its presentation. It is rarely seen in males, but is more common in males with androgen-deficient states, such as Klinefelter’s syndrome, hypogonadism, postcastration states and in those patients receiving estrogen therapy for prostate cancer. The cellulite becomes more severe as the androgen deficiency worsens in these males.
That’s why so many women want to get rid of it because it’s ugly when you’re walking around in a shorts or your swimming suit or getting intimate with your spouse.
Did you know there are different types of cellulite? Orange peel cellulite is the firm cellulite, adipose cellulite gives an orange peel effect on loose skin. On the other hand cottage cheese cellulite is fluid retention based, soft cottage cheese cellulite is often visible on loose skin. Hard cellulite is usually tough giving a mixture of cottage cheese and compact cellulite with orange peel effect.
Cellulite is a big problem for ladies with inactive careers. If you’re desk bound in your job then your day will consist of little action.
Ask any woman on the street what the definition of “cellulite” is and you’ll get a confused variety of answers. From “toxic fat pockets caught in the skin” to “bands of fibre pulling down on the skin” and many odd things in between….
There are also four different grades of cellulite:
Grade 1. No visible cellulite, even when the skin is pinched
Grade 2. An orange peel texture can be seen when the skin is pinched, but smooth when standing
Grade 3. Cellulite is visible when standing, but may disappear when lying down
Grade 4. Visible cellulite when standing and lying down
Women are clearly more likely to develop cellulite because of their underlying female specific structure of fat and connective tissue. Hormones, specifically oestrogens, are thought to influence cellulite formation. 80% women have a type of cellulite somewhere on their body. Even skinny people get cellulite. Cellulite is often hereditary, so it’s likely your family members will be suffering from the same unsightly problem.
Modern Cellulite Treatment
Ultrasound cavitation treatment for cellulite is a non-surgical, non-invasive fat smoothing treatment that uses high-intensity focused ultrasound energy (HIFU) to destroy fat cells safely and effectively. At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin the ultrasound cavitation cellulite treatment is used in combination either on its own or in combination with multipolar radio-frequency energy to help breakdown the unsightly orange-peel which affects 80% of women. The ultrasound cellulite treatment has 10 years of research and testing behind its development. It has a well defined safety profile during and after treatment with very good patient satisfaction. It was available at Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin for people in Ireland starting January 2012. The ultrasound and radiofrequency treatments are FDA approved.
The ultrasound cavitation treatment for cellulite uses high-intensity focused ultrasound energy. Skin surface is not damaged as target cells are fat beneath the skin is destroyed by the ultrasound energy and retaining fibres smoothed by the radiofrequency. The body’s natural mechanisms remove the destroyed fat from the treatment area. The multipolar radiofrequency energy further relaxes and breaks down fibres which hold these fat deposits together in that unsightly orange peel surface texture. The combination treatment leave you with a thinner, more contoured thighs and buttocks.
Typically a cellulite treatment session of the thighs using ultrasound cavitation and radiofrequency energy at Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin is completed in one hour. This may vary depending on the treatment area and your specific needs. Similar time is required for other treatment areas like the abdomen and flanks.
The ultrasound cavitation treatment in combination with the multipolar radiofrequency for cellulite does not produce smooth skin texture. It is also very effective for treating loose skin encountered after pregnancy and weight loss by powerfully contracting the dermal and subcutaneous layers into a smooth contour. The treatment produces smooth results due to its unique, advanced double wave ultrasound delivery technology.
Suitability for cellulite treatment
At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin we see different treatments for each grade of cellulite. The first step is to book an appointment to assess your degree of cellulite. You can do this by calling the clinic on 01-8278766 and speak to Maggie or Dee. Next we will guide you to the best treatment option for your individual needs. After a course of treatment, your skin is smooth, silky and svelte. Cellulite treatment with ultrasound and radiofrequency is an alternative to Velasmooth and Endermology treatments which rely on manually kneading the area, The ultrasound cavitation cellulite treatment can help you lose this unsightly orange peel without the pain of those dated remedies. For larger amounts of underlying fat, the ultrasound cavitation may not produce the same dramatic results and you may consider some fat reduction using VASER liposuction. At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic we would be happy to guide you to the best option for you!
The US and RF treatment for cellulite is ideal for active, healthy individuals who have cottage cheese appearance to their thighs and abdominal skin. It is non invasive, so it is a great solution if you have stubborn fat to be smoothed. Although results may vary, clinical studies have shown average thigh circumference reduction of about 1 to 2 cm is. Furthermore, surface changes resulting in smoothing the skin are visible after the first couple of sessions. Aesthetic outcomes are very good and long lasting for those who maintain a healthy lifestyle after the procedure.
Most women with cellulite see great results in 4-8 sessions. Sessions are administered twice weekly and last for about an hour each. It takes further 2 months for the final results to be appreciated as body naturally metabolise the disrupted fat tissue.
Different treatments for different grades of cellulite
The best way to maintain your results is to maintain a healthy active lifestyle.
Since the treatment is non-invasive, there is little or no downtime.
Ultrasound cavitation is a suitable treatment if you already had other liposuction procedures that left you with surface irregularities. However If you have had surgery or have scars in treatment area, the ultrasound cavitation may not be right for you. We encourage you to come in for a consultation so we can assess your specific needs.
Most popular areas are: the outer thighs, inner thighs, back of the thighs, buttocks and abdomen.
Cellulite Treatment Price Guide
The cost below is per treatment area per session. Depending on the severity of your cellulite you may require 4 to 8 sessions. We are offering multiple session packages:
Ultrasound Cavitation: €200 for one session | 4 session package €650 and 8 session package €1250
Multipolar Radiofrequency: €200 per session | 4 session package €650 and 8 sessions package €1250
Combination Treatment: €350 per session | 4 sessions package €1250 and 8 sessions package €2250