Cellulite by Thermage

What is cellulite? 

The term "cellulite" was coined in 1973 to refer to the dimpled appearance of the skin that some people have on their hips, thighs, and buttocks. Cellulite is a kind of fat tissue in the subcutaneous layer of the skin that contains constricting bands of connective tissue. This connective tissue, which varies in thickness and is laced with fat cells, is held in place by a network of fibers that protects our body, cushioning our muscles and organs; it is surrounded by a liquid that both nourishes it and provides it with an effective waste system. 

When all is working well in the system, waste products are removed and smooth curves result; when fats, fluids and toxins are trapped deep in the skin (below the epidural layer), however, the connective tissue thickens and hardens, giving a dimpling effect. As we mature, the layer of skin thins, resulting in the rippled appearance of cellulite. 

Who gets cellulite? 

This appearance is much more common in women than in men because of differences in the way fat, muscle, and connective tissue are distributed in men and women's skin. Although female hormones may play a role in contributing to this fat distribution, cellulite is not treatable by hormone therapy. 

How can Cellulite by Thermage help my cellulite? 

Cellulite by Thermage effectively eliminates cellulite by targeting the problem at its fundamental physiologic level:

  • Underlying problem: As we get older, the fibrous septae lose elasticity, becomes contracted and tugs the overlying loose skin downwards, causing dimpling. 

    Thermage Solution: Radiofrequency restores the elasticity of the fibrous septae and strengthens the overlying skin at the same time to improve the “orange-peel” appearance.


  • Underlying Problem: Microcirculation in the tissue is reduced with age and hardening of the fibrous septae and becomes inadequate to maintain healthy fat, connective tissue and skin metabolism, resulting in further worsening of cellulite. 

    Thermage Solution: By volumetric heating, the perfusion rate immediately increases, improving the health and metabolism of the treated tissues and promotes tissue repair.

How is this treatment different from Body Shape by Thermage? 

Body Shape by Thermage uses a ThermaTip DC (DC stands for 'deep contouring') and is suitable for firming and shaping non-cellulite areas of the body. 



Cellulite by Thermage uses a ThermaTip CL (CL stands for 'smoothening and contouring') and is suitable for smoothening the dimples as well as toning of cellulite-stricken skin. 



If you are unsure of which treatment you need, always make an appointment with our doctors at the Sloane Clinic for a consultation prior to treatment. 

How many treatments will I need? 

Most patients see results after 1 to 2 sessions. This depends on the patient's underlying problem. 

How long does it take to see results? 

Some patients see an immediate improvement in the dimpled appearance of the treated area. Most will see gradual improvements over 6 to 8 months after 1 session.

Is there any discomfort involved? 

Some discomfort is possible. Most patients will feel a deep heating sensation with each pulse of the Thermage. At The Sloane Clinic, the doctor will adjust the power of the procedure according to the discomfort level of the patient so that your treatment will be customized to allow you maximum comfort.