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What Causes Cellulite?

Cellulite causes an uneven, dimpled appearance of the skin in areas like the buttocks and thighs. This very common condition can cause people to feel highly self-conscious and prevent them from wearing clothes they want or feeling comfortable with people seeing their skin. While many people assume cellulite comes from being overweight, it usually occurs due to age and heredity

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*individual results may vary.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite forms on and under the skin of areas like the buttocks, thighs, abdomen, and hips. The appearance of cellulite results from fibrous bands of collagen that adhere to the skin and to the underlying muscle. As these fibers become tighter, they pull the skin down, creating a dimple. At the same time, fat cells become forced upward between the bands, causing an uneven appearance. 

What Causes Cellulite?

Cellulite results from a combination of many factors. Age contributes by decreasing the skin’s support network and firmness, and it also causes fat cells to accumulate in areas like the buttocks where cellulite forms. Genetics plays a significant role in a person’s skin structure as well as how their bodies accumulate fat cells. Hormones also play a role, with cellulite occurring much more commonly in women. 


Our expert providers here at Manhattan Aesthetics would be happy to meet with you for an in-person consultation.
Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

What Options Do I Have For Treating Cellulite?

At Manhattan Aesthetics, we offer several types of cellulite treatments, including the innovative Qwo™ injectable. During your consultation, we can discuss which of these might work best for you. 


Using radiofrequency (RF) technology, ThermiSmooth® stimulates the skin cells to produce more collagen, the protein that helps give skin its structure and firmness. By tightening the skin, this treatment reduces the appearance of cellulite and leaves the area looking smoother. 

truSculpt® 3D

truSculpt® 3D uses monopolar RF energy to raise the temperature of fat cells without disturbing skin cells. The heat damages the fat cells, which the body will remove. Fat removal can decrease the appearance of cellulite by smoothing out the accumulated fat. 


As the only injectable cellulite treatment, Qwo™ contains collagenase enzymes that break down the fibrous bands of collagen, causing dimples in the skin. It also triggers collagen production, this time in a normal form that strengthens the skin. This innovative treatment offers one of only a few ways to target the fibrous bands under the skin, as well as the least invasive one. 

Is There Any Downtime with Cellulite Treatment?

All of these treatments have only minimal downtime if any. You can usually resume your usual activities as soon as you finish treatment. After an RF treatment, you may see some redness lasting a few hours to a day or two. With Qwo™, you may notice bumps under the skin and swelling or bruising at the injection sites.


*Individual results may vary.


The first step is to come in for an in-person consultation with our expert providers at Manhattan Aesthetics serving Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, New York, and New Jersey. Please fill out the form on this page or call our office during normal business hours at 212-960-8172.

*Individual results may vary.