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Cellulite and Fat Reduction


Solutions for Smoother Skin and Sleeker Contours in Albuquerque

CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq, VelaShape®


Cellulite and excess fat are closely connected. Having one does not guarantee that you will also have the other, but chances are good that larger-than-desired thighs or buttocks will also feature those telltale dimples. When it comes to cellulite, fat reduction at Albuquerque's Western Dermatology Consultants can help to smooth out the skin, even as it reduces volume to create new, slimmer contours where applied.


CoolSculpting® is the go-to choice for many people seeking fat reduction, given that the treatment is entirely nonsurgical and provides results that, though gradual, are noticeable and lifelong—if patients maintain their weight through diet, exercise, and other positive aspects of a healthy lifestyle. VelaShape® is also a popular treatment for its versatility and ability to specifically address cellulite in addition to reducing the circumference of typical problem areas.

Get answers to your questions about cellulite and fat reduction at Albuquerque's Western Dermatology Consultants by calling 505-855-9267 or requesting a free consultation.

Cellulite Details

Orange peel, cottage cheese, pincushion skin, the mattress phenomenon, hail damage—we've all heard the nicknames. Though they may not be flattering, they all describe what cellulite looks like on the outside of our skin.

The term "cellulite" originated in France more than 150 years ago and began appearing in English language publications in the late 1960s. On a clinical level, cellulite describes dimpling of skin caused by the protrusion of subcutaneous fat into the dermis, creating an undulating dermal-subcutaneous fat junction adipose tissue. Put more simply, the condition is marked by small pits or divots in the skin that appear as the skin around them pushes outward due to large fat cells beneath.

The real culprit is not fat, but connective bands—known as septae—that stretch from the underside of the surface of the skin to the tissues below. Think of septae as small columns found throughout the skin. They are essentially immobile, which is part of the problem. If they are surrounded by fat cells that are growing in volume, they remain resolutely fixed in place, as does the small spot skin immediately above. If you have ever noticed a chair or couch cushion with a dimple sunken into a surface otherwise puffed out with stuffing, you get the idea.

Because of how it forms, cellulite can be reduced with fat reduction. That said, cellulite can also appear on people—predominantly women—who are considered to be fit and trim. Though fat plays a large part in the appearance of cellulite, it is not the only source of the problem. Genetics also seem to be a factor. Anyone considering fat reduction for cellulite, or seeking any solution to be rid of the cottage cheese look, is encouraged to call The Spa @ WDC to arrange a consultation, where a member of the team can assess the condition and make a treatment suggestion.

Fat Reduction

It's one of life's constant battles: the "Battle of the Bulge!" As we age, skin loosens, and our tendency to store more fat increases. This can contribute to the formation of cellulite, and it can certainly been seen as extra volume around the waist and thigh area—or wherever you happen to show excess fat.

For those looking for non-invasive fat reduction options, Western Dermatology offers CoolSculpting® and VelaShape®.

FDA-approved CoolSculpting® works to reduce fat by chilling fat cells so that they crystallize and are marked by the body for removal.

VelaShape® works from the opposite end of the spectrum, using infrared energy to create heat that encourages circumferential reduction along with stimulation of beneficial elements in the skin for a slimmer and smoother look. This treatment is FDA cleared not only for temporarily slimming the thighs and abdomen, but for improving the look of cellulite, too. Treatments can improve the look of dimpled skin on the thighs, buttocks, flanks, and abdomen, as well as beneath the chin on the neck.

Patients looking for fat reduction specifically on the neck area, to address a double chin, can choose Kybella®, which is an injectable liquid that works to break down fat cells and reduce volume in the targeted area. This product is FDA approved specifically for what is termed the "submental area."

With CoolSculpting® and VelaShape®, multiple sessions are recommended in order to get ideal results, with cumulative improvements as the treatments continue. Results for all of the treatments—including Kybella®—appear gradually as the body’s natural processes work to clear out fat cells and build new cells in the skin, depending on the treatment.

Don't let cellulite get you down. Talk about what treatment options are available, as well as fat reduction in general, at Albuquerque's Western Dermatology Consultants. Call 505-855-9267 or schedule a free consultation.