Cellulite Symptoms and Causes

Cellulite causes

Cellulite looks like irregular, dimpled skin on thighs, hips, buttocks, and belly.

Incidence: Very Common
○ More than 3 million US cases per year
○ Usually self-diagnosable
○ Lab tests or imaging not required
○ Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong

Cellulite is often genetic and is caused by "tethering" of the skin causing a dimple surrounded by a bulging fat deposit from beneath the skin. Weight loss and exercise can help improve the appearance of cellulite. Other treatments include radiofrequency systems and retinoid cream. These may need to be repeated regularly.

Cause of cellulite: As fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords pull down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling.

What does cellulite look like?

Cellulitis is usually self-diagnosable: The main symptom is the appearance of lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks, and belly. It is asymptomatic and causes no other issues with the skin.

Cellulite symptoms
Cellulite removal

Treating Cellulite:

Self-care cellulite treatments: Weight loss and exercise can help improve the appearance of cellulite.

Our Clinical Treatment for Cellulite Removal:

We offer non-invasive (non-surgical, non-chemical) treatments for cellulite improvement. There are no incisions in the skin. A specialized device is used to massage the skin over the cellulite which causes the cellulite underneath to be broken down so that the body can absorb the fat. This type of therapy causes no pain, scar or change in the color or appearance of the skin itself. [ Learn More }


Unwelcome blemishes like cellulite are treatable, book an appointment and ask one of our reputable dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Seattle how you can start treating it today.