The formation of cellulite used to be thought of as a circulation problem. However, scientists and dermatologists have recently found out that those unsightly looking bumps and dimples are actually stubborn pockets of fat that have squeezed their way in between bands of tissues underneath the skin. Here at our Houston plastic surgery practice, we fully understand how the appearance of cellulite can be frustrating for women. Just the Women It turns out that cellulite just happens in women. Experts believe that it has to do with the septae (the bands of tissues mentioned earlier). The septae in men follows a criss-cross pattern, akin to that of a mesh, which are more effective in holding fat. However, the septae in women tend to be flimsier and arranged in a vertical fashion which make it easy for the fat to appear beneath the dermis. Once the fat accumulates beneath the skin, it expands into pockets which causes the dimpled appearance. Size Doesn’t Matter While cellulite discriminates gender, it doesn’t mind whether a woman is skinny or fat. Skinny women also develop cellulite in between their muscles and skin. However, heavier women tend to have more cellulite because obviously they have more stored fat. It’s in the Genes! If your mom, grandma, and your grandma’s mom had cellulite, you are more likely to have it too. Your genes are large determinants as to how you are going to store fat and how far the fat will push through the septae. Cellulite Solutions in Houston, Texas To keep your skin as taut as possible, Dr. Cortes recommends the following cellulite solutions: 1. Tone up! While exercise is not scientifically proven to completely help you get rid of those cellulite, lifting weights or doing bodyweight exercises 2 to 3 times a week will help you build muscle. The more muscle you have, the greater the chances of your cellulite disappearing. 2. Shed the extra pounds before toning up. A 30-minute walk or run, using the stairs instead of the elevator, or a few laps in the pool 3 to 4 times a week will surely do the trick. 3. Load up on foods rich in Vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins are vital for skin health. 4. A combination of Houston cosmetic procedures — from surgical lifts to minimally invasive skin tightening procedures can also help. Fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cortés via email. You can also call us at (713) 234-6244. Together, we will review your goals, expectations, and medical history to advise you regarding the different existing options and provide you the highest quality care.