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Exposing Cellulite Myths

Posted: August 3, 2010

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Truth: Technically, cellulite is just plain old fat. It’s most recognizable by its cottage cheese-like appearance. It’s most commonly found on the thighs, butt and stomach, as many are probably already aware. Dr. Rodriguez says these are the areas of the body where fat tends to deposit and the skin is thinner. Several other factors can determine your inclination to have cellulite, including:

  • Gender—Rodriguez says surprisingly about 90% of women and virtually no men suffer from this type of bulge on their behind.
  • Genetics—You can thank your mom or dad if you are more inclined to have dimples in your derriere.
  • Fat—Watch your weight. The more fat you carry, the more cellulite you’ll see.
  • Skin thickness—The thinner your skin, the more cellulite will show.
  • Age—The older you get the more likely cellulite will appear.

Myth: There is a product that will instantly cure cellulite.

Truth: Americans spend billions on products and treatment methods promising to diminish the appearance of cellulite. From massages and body wraps to topical creams and vitamins, there are countless products promising to make cellulite disappear. Although it’s tempting to look for a quick fix to cellulite, Rodriguez says that unfortunately there is no overnight cure.

“Despite many advertisement claims to the contrary, there is no good scientific evidence demonstrating that these procedures, including liposuction, effectively rid the body of cellulite,” warns Dr. Rodriguez. “Most doctors still recommend getting fit as the most effective way to control cellulite.”

Myth: If I just lose those last ten pounds, my cellulite will disappear.