Understanding what causes cellulite in thin people

Have A Nice Smooth Back

Cellulite is often associated with excess weight. While that can be a contributing factor, even slender individuals can have puckered flesh on thighs, buttocks, abdomen, or other areas. Dr. Adam Maddox of Thrive in Portland, OR explains what causes this to occur.

We all have fat

Everyone of normal, healthy weight has a layer of subcutaneous fat (as opposed to deep, visceral fat in those who are overweight). This cushion, just beneath the skin, helps to protect organs and regulate body temperature. In areas where skin has a strong, dense network of collagen fibers, subcutaneous fat is not visible.

Why do some people, even thin ones, show dimpled cellulite? Their collagen has formed thicker bands with spaces between. The surface of skin becomes irregular as subcutaneous fat pushes up against these fibers.

Who gets cellulite?

Women are more prone to cellulite, primarily because collagen in men has a different configuration.

Other conditions that make a person more likely to have cellulite include:

  • Thin skin – This can be genetic, or caused by sun exposure. Skin also thins naturally as a result of aging.
  • Hormonal changes – Puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and stress cause the body to produce relaxin, a hormone believed to break down collagen. In addition, estrogen triggers fluid retention, emphasizing cellulite.
  • Yo-yo dieting – Repeated weight gain and loss ultimately reduces lean muscle mass and increases body fat percentage. A sensible medical weight loss plan stops this cycle.
  • Smoking – Toxins in smoke break down healthy composition of skin.
  • Lifestyle choices – Poor diet and lack of exercise may produce cellulite at any weight.

 

Professional treatment

The good news is that Thrive offers safe, clinically-proven treatments for reduction in the appearance of cellulite. With a personalized plan of noninvasive and minimally invasive therapies, nutritional counseling, and hormone replacement therapy, you can achieve sleeker skin. Call (503) 928-6505 to get started.

Share this article:

Back to Blog Page

Originally Posted On
Facebook Reivews
Review By $review_user
I’ve been going here for 4 years. My results are fantastic! Doctor Maddox and his entire team are amazing! 5 stars across the board. I wouldn’t even consider going anywhere else.

Dr. Adam Maddox - Medical Director

Dr. Adam Maddox image
A graduate from Northern Arizona University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Adam Maddox is a very established professional in the field of integrative anti-aging and aesthetic medicine with a special interest in Botox, Restylane and Testosterone Replacement therapy for men to name a few.

As a board-certified physician, he has a passion to help people with their health especially as they get older. Dr. Maddox believes in maintaining a strong sense of empathy in order to better serve his patients whilst ensuring his care is personalized. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Maddox uses his time to train other medical professionals on various effective medical techniques used in the anti-ageing medical sphere such as injectable techniques. He is also the founder and medical director of Thrive Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center in Portland, OR.

Find everything you need to age beautifully at Thrive

0+
No of Treatments Delivered
0+
No of Lasers & Devices
0+
Years of Combined Experience
Thrive Aesthetic & Anti Aging Center 94.6% Patient Satisfaction
4.73/5 Stars out of 458 Reviews
Thrive Aesthetic & Anti Aging Center Google Patient Satisfaction
4.8/5 Stars out of 63 Reviews

miraDry® TREATMENT

FOR EXCESSIVE SWEATING

Say goodbye to armpit hair and underarm sweating. Mirror Smooth (miraDry??) will save your day.

miraDry® TREATMENT FOR EXCESSIVE SWEATING

You shave it. You wax it, you laser it. Heck, you might even dye it pink. Talking about armpit hair. Now some people are saying you can microwave it away once and for all. We’re revealing a new treatment right now and our procedure room. Take it away, Doctor Ashton.

Hi guys So, I’m back here with doctor sheila Nazarian, board certified plastic surgeon and our patient Aaron. You’re going to be demonstrating this new microwave procedure to hit axillary hair, but before we get to that, tell, tell me why this hair bothered you, Aaron? Because I mean, you’re blonde, you wouldn’t mind.

I’m a personal trainer. I spend 95% of my day in a tank top in the gym or in a bikini and shaving every day is such a pain. No one likes to do it. I tried laser hair removal. It doesn’t work. If you have blonde hair and darker skin. So, I heard about mirror smooth So, thought I’d give it a try.

And you said it’s your game, okay, So, doctor Nazarian,

Yeah,

Go ahead and lie back Aaron. So, as you start working tell us a little bit about this technology. Who’s a good candidate for it and how? Does it work?

Well, the beauty of this technology is that everyone is a good candidate. Any skin colour, any hair colour? I’ve actually had the procedure performed on myself, didn’t get any hyperpigmentation from it.

So, you numbed Aaron up before we started, right?

Arron’s been numbed already. We’ve placed a temporary tattoo which basically gives us little tick marks. It’s really paint by numbers at that point and we use the microwave technology of mirror smooth to remove not only 70% of her hair with one treatment, but also the sweat and odour glands are also eliminated. So, it’s basically a little suction and some you know heat is applied, but because she’s numb there’s no pain.

You feel anything?
Fine, just a little pull,

Yeah.

And So, how many treatments typically does it take to really get a good effect?

So, 80% of people really only need one treatment. You’re going to get an 82% reduction in the sweat and odour glands and a 70% reduction in the hair growth. Which, if you’ve ever had laser hair, you know you need multiple treatments in order to get anywhere close to 70%.

So, what’s the cost range for something like this?

This that’s a great question. So, the first treatment is around 2000 dollars, but it’s, but if you think about how many laser hair removal treatments to do. I mean, it really is a great benefit and also laser hair doesn’t remove the sweat and odour glands.

Nice, well, 2000 dollars, meaning that you could throw away all your razors for the rest of your life.
Exactly

Right,

Never have to worry about sweating in your armpits again and being musty.

No more deodorant and think of all the money you spend on deodorant over a lifetime.

That’s true.

And it takes how long to do both pitch?

We usually schedule people for an hour at a time?
An hour!

So, can you imagine an hour and you’re done.
Oh my gosh,

Yeah,

Sign me up, scoot over.

Second string.

Amazing.

The one done idea is very appealing.

Exactly, yeah.

Thanks for sharing that with us and thanks for showing us your armpits,

Thanks for having me

You’re welcome.


Anti-aging Specialist

In Portland OR-Dr. Maddox

Get rid of unwanted fat from your waist and hips with Vanquish.

Anti-aging Specialist In Portland OR-Dr. Maddox

Feeling good and looking good. It’s not just about diet and exercise anymore. Aesthetic and anti-aging medicine makes a safe and effective addition to your routine. At thrive, we offer the very latest in non-invasive beauty technology like vanquish, a painless, non-surgical way to remove unwanted fat cells from your waist and hips. And best of all, treatments take less than an hour, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the new you. Visit thriveportland.com for complimentary consultation. Thrive aged beautifully.


Now Offering

Financing



Now Offering GreenSky in Portland, OR