Many people mistake stretch marks for cellulite and vice versa. In some cases, people may think that they’re both the same thing. However, they are two different conditions that affect your skin’s appearance.
Both are harmless to your health but knowing the difference between stretch marks and cellulite can help you make an informed decision if you ever plan to undergo stretch marks and cellulite removal. In this article, we’ll focus on the differences between stretch marks and cellulite along with the signs, causes and recommended treatment for the two conditions.
‘Cellulite‘ or Gynoid Lipodystrophy, is a skin condition known by various other synonyms such as ‘orange peel syndrome’ and ‘cottage cheese skin‘. It is a condition that affects girls, women and some men wherein the skin overlying the thighs, abdomen and buttocks becomes dimpled and indented skin texture that some describe as being like an orange peel, giving it a somewhat unsightly appearance.
A whopping 80-90% of women are said to suffer from cellulite, and this condition spares no one, not even the bold and the beautiful, the supermodels and the prettiest women. Perhaps you must thank your ancestors for it, as cellulite can be genetically inherited.
Stretch marks, on the other hand, develop as the skin stretches, leaving a permanent scar on the body. These marks often appear as thin, long lines which are dark red or brown color and can have varying lengths and sizes.
While the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks are unpleasant to the eyes, there are reasons for their appearance on our skin.
They appear when cellulite forms inside the fatty layer that resides between the muscle and your skin. It further progresses into skin indentation as fat cells continue to grow and forces the skin outward, pulling on the muscles. So, anything that increases fat accumulation in your body will cause cellulite to appear. Cellulite is most found on the lower parts of the body including the abdomen, back, thighs, hips and buttocks.
Stretch marks, however, form on your skin as a result of the total opposite reason for cellulite. Stretch marks appear when your skin is stretched beyond its limits due to a variety of reasons such as extreme weight gain or loss.
When this happens, your skin’s connective tissues can’t match up with the changes experienced by your body. Thus, causing damages and scars to form on your skin. They mostly develop on areas that are likely to stretch out if there’s a weight gain or loss, especially on the breasts, abdomen, buttocks, thighs and hips.
Both stretch marks and cellulite are relatively deep structures, with stretch marks occurring in the dermis and cellulite occurring deeper still, in the hypodermis, and to a lesser extent in the dermis. In both cases, epidermal approaches, such as exfoliation and chemical peels do absolutely nothing.
The treatment for both stretch marks and cellulite is quite similar, because all the techniques and active molecules used for cellulite will also help with stretch marks too.
To treat the underlying causes of cellulite and stretch marks without surgery, Coolwave technology and Thuzzle are both non-invasive treatments that use radiofrequency energy to break down fat cells. This can help to break up and smooth out the appearance of cellulite and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
In a nutshell, how these treatments work is the radiofrequency energy heats up the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting skin tightening, resulting in overall improvement in skin texture and appearance, leading to the reduction of cellulite and stretch marks.
If an orange peel skin is staring back at you each time you look into the mirror, and you feel bothered by the way your skin looks, it’s time to do something, because stretch marks and cellulite won’t disappear on their own! Contact Premier Clinic at +6012-662 5552 to find out more about our ONDA Coolwaves and Thuzzle treatments that can help give you smoother, tighter skin in no time!