Cellulite & Circumference Reduction

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a condition that occurs mainly in women and where the skin of the lower limbs, abdomen, buttocks and pelvic region becomes dimpled at some time after puberty.

Alternative and unflattering, descriptive names for cellulite include ‘orange peel syndrome’, ‘cottage cheese skin’, the ‘mattress phenomenon’ and ‘hail damage’.


Most females display some degree of cellulite after adolescence but the exact nature and causes are not fully understood. However, we do know that hormones play a significant role in the formation of cellulite.  Oestrogen is the most important one and it seems to both initiate and worsen cellulite.

Cellulite is rarely seen in males and when it is, it is usually in those with androgen-deficiency disorders and those receiving oestrogen therapy for prostate cancer. The cellulite becomes more severe as the androgen deficiency worsens in these males.

Cellulite is not the result of being overweight. Average and underweight people also get cellulite. However, the quality of the diet has been shown to affect the development and amount of cellulite. Excessive amounts of fat, carbohydrates, salt or too little fibre can all contribute to an increased amount of cellulite.

Lifestyle: Smoking, lack of exercise, fatty or starchy foods, and sitting or standing in a single position for long periods have all been associated with an increase in cellulite. A high stress lifestyle can also contribute through an increase in the level of circulating catecholamine hormones.

Within the last 40-50 years women went from loose clothing and underwear around the thighs and buttocks to tight ones. Underwear that has tight elastic across the buttocks limits blood flow and encourages cellulite to form. Wearing loose underwear, boxer shorts, or sleeping naked can reduce the impact underwear plays on the development of cellulite.

And finally, several genetic factors have been shown to be necessary for cellulite to develop. Gender, race, hormone receptors on the fat cells, the distribution of subcutaneous fat, and predisposition to circulatory insufficiency have all been shown to contribute to cellulite.


While attention to diet, clothing and lifestyle factors may help to diminish the appearance of cellulite, they will never eliminate it.

Similarly, liposuction, as effective as it is for body reshaping through removal of disproportionate fat deposits, will NOT cure cellulite.

Realistically, as cellulite can never be completely eliminated, the aim of any treatment is to REDUCE the appearance of the cellulite.

Over the years various treatments have been introduced but at the Sydney Cosmetic Clinic we have found that regular treatments with the latest RF (Radio Frequency) & IR (Infrared) Technology have been more effective than any others.

This technology improves cellulite by contouring, shaping and slimming the body by reducing circumference in as few as four treatment sessions.  Multiple areas can be treated in less than 40 minutes.

How do RF/IR treatments work?

Our RF/IR machine uses these combined energies known to precisely target and heat the fat cells within the treatment area.  In addition, the vacuum and tissue manipulation evens out the skin to produce a smoother, tighter skin contour.

Are treatments safe?

Treatments are extremely safe for all skin types and colours.  There are no short or long-term health risks.

Is it painful?

No. Most patients describe the treatment as being like a warm, deep tissue massage because we tailor your treatment to fit your sensitivity and comfort level.  It is normal to experience a warm sensation for a few hours post-treatment.  Your skin may also look slightly red for several hours.

How soon will I notice an improvement?

Improvement in the treated area(s) can be seen after the first treatment. The skin surface should feel smoother, firmer and tighter.  However, changes in circumference and cellulite reduction will be most noticeable around 6-8 weeks after your final treatment session.

How much can I reduce from my circumference?

In clinical studies, patients report an average reduction of 2.5cms (1 inch) after treatment.  In clinical trials, the average range of circumferential reduction was 1.2 – 7.6cms (0.5-3 inches).

How do I improve and maintain the results?

Following your completed course of treatment, it is recommended that you have maintenance treatments periodically. Moreover, your improvement will last longer if you follow the general recommendations outlined above.

How much does it cost?

Your Time:       30 mins           60mins
Your Cost:        $100                $200

Package Price: Pre-pay for 3, get 1 FREE

Terms & Conditions:
• Non-refundable
• Not transferable
• Package of 3: 6-month expiry


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