About 90% of women develop lumpy, bumpy “orange peel” tissue on our hips, thighs and butts at some point in our lives, often due to hormones, poor lymphatic circulation and other factors like plain bad luck. (Men get it too, but may not care as much!)
It all happens within the fat just below the skin’s surface, a.k.a subcutaneous fat. Bands of fibrous tissue connect the top later of skin to deeper tissues. When fat deposits push through the connective tissue, you get those characteristic little pockets or dimples. Ugh.
Help’s on the way, though I can’t personally attest to their effectiveness.
See Your Derm
A treatment called Cellfina was FDA approved in 2015 and is said to be minimally invasive. A numbing cream is applied before a needle-thin blade cuts the fibrous bands under the skin with little or no bleeding. Most effective for the butt and thighs, patient satisfaction is quite high: In one clinical study, 94% of patients were still happy with the results after two years and 93% were still happy three years later.
Visit the Spa
Handheld radio-frequency tools liquify enlarged fat cells and promote collagen production. For best results, expect to need multiple treatments over a few months. An acupuncture specialist may recommend cupping, an ancient Chinese method that improves lymph drainage while breaking up fibrous tissue. And regular deep tissue massage can help too.
DYI at Home
A microneedling tool such as GloPro comes with two rollers: one for the face and a larger one for the body. By creating tiny pinpricks in the skin, microneedling stimulates collagen growth, which can minimize the appearance of cellulite. Follow up with a hydrating lotion to smooth things out even more.
I’ve had my GloPro for a year and never thought to try it on my bod. Watch this space!