Cellulite is commonly found on the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. It occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin, creating a lumpy or “cottage cheese” texture. Cellulite is a very common, harmless skin condition, however, it is a cosmetic concern that can drastically affect the way you feel about yourself.

Patients primarily want to reduce the appearance of cellulite for two reasons:

  • Safety and Minimal Downtime: Non-invasive procedures like CoolSculpting or Emsculpt are appealing because they don’t involve surgery or anesthesia. They typically have minimal downtime and fewer risks compared to invasive procedures, making them a safer option for many individuals.
  • Targeted Fat Reduction: These treatments offer targeted fat reduction in specific areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. They can effectively address stubborn pockets of fat, helping individuals achieve a more sculpted and contoured appearance without undergoing invasive surgery like liposuction.


Protect, correct, and love the skin you’re in at SKIN FIVE Pacific Palisades.


Before you begin looking into treating cellulite, you first need to understand what cellulite is. Cellulite is a common cosmetic concern characterized by dimpled, lumpy skin, typically found on the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Characterized by dimpling or “orange peel” skin, as it is popularly known, cellulite is a skin ailment that can occur in any part of the body. It occurs when fat deposits push through connective tissue beneath the skin, resulting in a bumpy texture. Common types include:

  • Adipose cellulite
    • This type of cellulite is soft and typically associated with weight gain.
  • Fibrotic cellulite
    • Fibrotic cellulite feels harder and is more difficult to treat due to its thicker, more rigid connective tissue. 
  • Edematous cellulite
    • Characterized by fluid retention, edematous cellulite can lead to swelling and a spongy texture. 
  • Mixed cellulite
    • A combination of different cellulite types, requiring a multifaceted approach to treatment.


Cellulite degrees, also known as the Nürnberger-Müller Scale or the cellulite severity scale, are used to classify cellulite based on its appearance. This scale assists both individuals and skincare professionals in determining the best course of action for treating cellulite and assessing its extent. Although there are several variations of the scale, they generally classify cellulite according to observable traits, dividing it into varying degrees or stages.

  • Grade 0: No visible cellulite, even when the skin is pinched or compressed.
  • Grade 1: Cellulite is not visible when standing or lying down, but it appears when the skin is pinched or compressed.
  • Grade 2: Cellulite is visible when standing but not when lying down. It may appear as mild dimpling and uneven texture.
  • Grade 3: Cellulite is visible both when standing and lying down. Dimpling and uneven texture are more pronounced, and the skin may have a “cottage cheese” or “orange peel” appearance.
  • Grade 4: Severe cellulite that is visible when standing or lying down. Dimpling, puckering, and uneven texture are prominent, and the skin may have a deeply rippled or “mattress-like” appearance.

It’s essential to note that cellulite degrees are subjective and may vary depending on individual perceptions and assessment methods. Additionally, cellulite severity can change over time due to factors such as aging, hormonal changes, weight fluctuations, and lifestyle habits.

Regardless of the cause for your cellulite, SKIN FIVE has the expertise and the treatments to help you achieve smoother, firmer skin.


One of the most common misconceptions about cellulite is that it is the result of being overweight. While it’s true that extra layers of fat will increase a patient’s risk of developing cellulite, even the healthiest individuals might be forced to deal with this cosmetic issue at some point. At SKIN FIVE, we offer personalized treatments to target cellulite and improve skin texture. Our options include:

  • Cellulite Reduction Therapy
    • Innovative treatments like Emtone use radiofrequency and acoustic wave therapy to break down fat cells and tighten skin.
  • Topical Treatments
    • Creams and serums formulated with ingredients like caffeine and retinol to improve circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Massage Therapy
    • Ballancer Pro sessions can provide lymphatic drainage massage to stimulate circulation and reduce fluid retention.
  • Laser Therapy
    • Non-invasive laser treatments to target cellulite and improve skin texture, this includes Sofwave to tighten skin.


Whether you’re curious about the best treatments for your skin type or seeking personalized advice, we invite you to contact us online or call us with any questions—our expert team is here to guide you towards your skincare goals.

Reducing Cellulite

“SKIN FIVE’s innovative approach to reducing cellulite using advanced technology like EMTONE delivers visible results, helping you achieve smoother, firmer skin with confidence.”

Elen Costa, RN

SKIN FIVE Pacific Palisades

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