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Cellulite is a prevalent cosmetic concern that affects between 80 and 90 percent of women. Often referred to as “orange-peel skin,” cellulite tends to occur on the legs, hips and buttocks, giving affected areas a lumpy, dimpled appearance that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise. Even if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and feel great about your figure, cellulite can prevent you from reaching your body goals or wearing certain clothing styles.

Fortunately, there are treatments available that can visibly reduce cellulite by addressing the root of the problem. At the Appearance Care Center in San Francisco, we offer the most effective solutions available for restoring smooth skin without extensive surgery or downtime. Our goal is to deliver beautiful, long-lasting results that improve your confidence and help you feel comfortable in your own body.

What Causes Cellulite?

The formation of cellulite isn’t restricted to women with a specific body type or fitness level. It affects almost everyone at some point and can be attributed to changes that occur below the skin’s surface. Due to factors like aging, genetics and lifestyle, the connective tissues that provide structure and support begin to constrict and stiffen, causing fat cells to protrude upward. This creates the visibly dimpled, lumpy appearance of cellulite, often compared to an orange peel or cottage cheese.

While cellulite can also develop in men, it is thought to be more common in women due to hormonal changes, pregnancy and body composition. Cellulite is also more prevalent in smokers and sedentary individuals who sit or stand in one position for a long period of time. Until recently, cellulite was notoriously difficult to treat, but new devices and techniques are now available that can provide longer-lasting results.

Other risk factors for cellulite include:

  • Genetics
  • Aging
  • Skin thickness
  • Diet and lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Body fat distribution
  • Hormone fluctuations

Cellulite Treatments at the Appearance Care Center

Many lotions, creams and topical products claim to reduce cellulite, but do little to address the underlying cause. The most beneficial treatments are those that target the deeper tissues and upper layers of the skin, producing a smooth, dimple-free appearance from within.

At the Appearance Care Center, we offer the latest techniques for eliminating cellulite on the legs, thighs and buttocks. FDA-approved, backed by science and proven effective, our devices target the source of cellulite to deliver results that last. The treatments we use to help patients achieve smoother, tauter skin include VelaShape, Cellfina and the new injectable QWO.

Cellfina is a minimally invasive procedure that goes beneath the skin’s surface to break up the stiff, fibrous bands that create the appearance of cellulite. It targets the primary structural cause of cellulite to smooth out unwanted dimples, but doesn’t address issues like skin laxity or excess fat in treated areas.

VelaShape is a non-surgical medical device that combines bipolar radiofrequency energy, infrared light technology, mechanical massage and a vacuum suction technique to heat the dermal tissues and relax the stiff bands that cause dimpling. It can also reduce laxity, shrink fat cells and stimulate collagen production, improving skin quality and texture while contouring common problem areas.


QWO is a recently FDA-approved injectable for reducing moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks. It contains collagenase, an enzyme that targets the collagen within connective tissues to release them, resulting in smoother skin without surgery or downtime. QWO has also been shown to increase collagen production and redistribute fat cells for lasting results.

Say Goodbye to Unsightly Cellulite

While the appearance of cellulite isn’t a serious medical concern, dimpled or orange-peel skin on the thighs, legs and buttocks can significantly impact your self-esteem and prevent you from reaching your body goals. The Appearance Care Center in San Francisco can help women dealing with cellulite say goodbye to unwanted lumps and drastically improve the skin’s appearance. Contact or call us at (415) 567-7200 to learn more about our cellulite treatments and schedule an appointment today.

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