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The dimpled skin known as cellulite – usually apparent around the thighs and buttocks – appears when fat cells accumulate and push against the skin’s surface. Simultaneously, the long connective fibers of the muscles – known as fascia – pull down the skin, creating the bumpy appearance. Cellulite is caused by a buildup of fat cells that lie directly underneath the skin’s surface. The amount of body fat is not directly proportional to the severity of cellulite, as many physically fit (yet cellulite-prone) people can attest. Other factors that can contribute to cellulite include a genetic predisposition, thinning skin due to age, hormonal changes, medication, and pregnancy or menopause. 

Possible Treatments


QWO Injections

QWO is an injectable treatment that can be used to improve the appearance of moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks and upper thighs.


Velashape III

Velashape III is a massage and heat energy treatment that can be used to improve contour, tighten skin, and reduce cellulite and fat in the buttocks and thighs.

Book a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists today to determine the best treatment plan for you.

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Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery