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What causes cellulite?

Jeannette O. Graf, MD
Dermatology
Cellulite is caused and aggravated by genetics and hormones; connective tissue chambers trap fat cells and then bloat, which creates that dimpled appearance. Watch dermatologist Jeannette Graf, MD, explain what causes cellulite beneath the skin.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Cellulite is a common problem for women and men. In this video, Dr. Oz talks about the causes of cellulite and the best ways to get rid of it.



Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

The causes of cellulite are three-fold. The first is associated with small areas of hills of fat that create the lumpiness. Next, the fibrous septae to the skin create pits as they pull the skin deep towards the muscle fascia. Finally, loss of collagen and elasticity of the skin cause the wrinkling effect. The newest FDA approved, single treatment laser (Cellulaze) is now used to treat moderate to severe cellulite. This laser is a 1440nm YAG laser that emulsifies the fat, subcises the fibrous septae, and thickens the dermis with increase collagen formation. 

Cellulite is a common problem for women, and an extremely annoying one. In this video, dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, MD, discusses its causes.


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