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celluliteCellulite affects about 90% of women at some point in their lives.  Slender and fit women, too, can have cellulite, so don’t despire!  There is a lot of misinformation about cellulite, so read this article before you shell out your hard earned dollars on treatments and over-the-counter products.

  • Cellulite is caused when underlying fat deposits push up through collagen fibers or connective tissue (most often in the arms, stomach, buttock and thighs).  It is not caused by a build-up of toxins.
  • It can run in families.  There is a genetic test that can show if you are at a high or severe risk of developing cellulite in your life time.  Diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are also factors in keeping it from forming.
  • Hormones also play a part.  Estrogen helps keep the blood flowing and when estrogen decreases, new collagen formation and connective tissue breaks down.
  • Regular exercise does not cure cellulite, but it can prevent and reduce its appearance.
  • The best exercise for cellulite is 15 minutes of aerobic activity followed by 15 minutes of strength training three times a week.
  • Prescribed medications and over-the-counter products cannot permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite.  Some products may offer temporary effects, but most probably do nothing.  Fillers such as Restylane and Radiesse (fillers mostly associated with the face) have shown some benefit, but again, this is a temporary fix.  Body procedures using these fillers can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars per leg.  Even procedures such as high frequency (Thermage) are expensive and the results last only 6 months.
  • Liposuction is not a solution for cellulite because it could make fat distribution more uneven.  Endermologie (a suction device that is rolled over the skin) has shown some effectiveness, but results are visible after about 10 sessions at a cost of $80-$150/session.
  • Diet does not determine if you will have cellulite.  The key is drinking plenty of water and eat fruits and vegetables that are more than 90% water.
  • Smoking can affect the appearance of cellulite because smoking robs the body of oxygen, reduces blood vessel flow and weakens the formation of collagen. 

The real truth is there is no permanent solution to getting rid of cellulite, at lease for now.

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

MacMillan, A. (2014). Fox News, “15 myths and facts about cellulite”. Retrieved November 13, 2013, from:  http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/10/03/15-myths-and-facts-about-cellulite