Could Your Cellulite Be The Result Of A Hormonal Imbalance?
Even with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and an overall healthy lifestyle, some people still struggle with the unsightly dimpled and rippled appearance of cellulite. Being a woman and/or being overweight are some of the most common risk factors for cellulite, but they are certainly not the only ones. For some patients, genetics, lifestyle, and even hormones can play a role in developing cellulite. Board-certified physician Dr. Abraham Ishaaya and the award-winning team at Optima Medical Spa in Los Angeles, CA understand just how frustrating cellulite can be and are proud to offer the most current and effective nonsurgical cellulite reduction treatments available today. Read on to learn more about cellulite reduction, what may be causing your cellulite, and whether it could be related to a hormone imbalance.
What does cellulite look like?
Cellulite is typically characterized by a lumpy, dimpled, or rippled texture that appears to bulge from underneath the skin. Oftentimes, people refer to cellulite as having a “cottage cheese”-like texture. While anyone can develop cellulite, it is more common among women and frequently appears in the following areas:
What causes cellulite?
The visual appearance of cellulite is technically the result of fat cells that bulge between the tethers – or fibrous septate – that connect the various layers of muscle and skin. There is no question that being overweight can put one at a higher risk for developing cellulite, but even thin and fit individuals can have cellulite. Common risk factors and causes of cellulite include:
- Being a woman
- Being overweight
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Hormone imbalance
What is a hormone imbalance?
A hormone imbalance refers to a situation when the patient’s hormones are above or below their expected normal range. Most often, hormonal imbalance involves the most fundamental male or female hormones: estrogen and testosterone. At certain times in a person’s life, such as puberty or pregnancy, the hormone levels naturally peak or fall. However, many men and women experience abnormal hormone levels for other reasons, including:
- Certain medications
- Underlying conditions
Hormone imbalance symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include:
- Weight gain
- Loss of bone density
- Loss of muscle mass
- Low energy
- Decreased libido (sex drive)
- Brain fog
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes/night sweats
- Hair loss
Can hormonal imbalance cause cellulite?
In some cases, abnormal hormone levels can contribute to weight gain, water retention, and the development of cellulite. During your initial consultation for cellulite treatment in Los Angeles, Dr. Ishaaya will take a thorough health history, evaluate your concerns, determine what factors may be causing your cellulite, and recommend the most appropriate course of treatment for you. The expert aesthetic team at Optima Medical Spa is proud to offer a wide array of radiofrequency nonsurgical cellulite reduction treatments, including:
- Secret™ RF Microneedling
For patients whose cellulite and other concerns may be related to a hormone imbalance, Optima Medical Spa also offers cutting-edge bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to help restore hormones to their normal physiologic range and relieve a number of problematic symptoms.
Goodbye, cellulite! Hello, smooth skin!
If you suspect that your weight gain and/or cellulite may be related to a hormone condition or hormonal imbalance, Optima Medical Spa can help. Call our knowledgeable team to schedule your private consultation or Telemedicine appointment with board-certified physician Dr. Abraham Ishaaya today, and take the first step toward getting the smooth, sexy, cellulite-free skin you’ve been dreaming of with nonsurgical cellulite reduction, hormone replacement therapy, or one of our other exciting treatments in Los Angeles, CA!