Cellulite Myths and Truths

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1   True or False: Cellulite is a special type of fat.

Fat is fat, whether it’s on your thighs or on your arms. Cellulite occurs when subcutaneous fat (found directly under the skin) gets pushed up through the layer of mesh-like connective tissue, resulting in a lumpy and bumpy appearance.

1   True or False: Men can get cellulite.

While the structure of men's skin prevents most men from getting cellulite, there are some cases of male orange-peel appearance—particularly in men with lower levels of the male hormone androgen. Overall, about 10% of men have cellulite (compared to over 90% of women).

1   True or False: Only liposuction can remove cellulite.

Extracting the fat layer between the skin and the fibrous bands of connective tissue can actually accentuate the lumpy appearance and make cellulite worse. Liposuction can remove pockets of stubborn fat, but it is not suitable as a cellulite treatment.

1   True or False: Exercising will prevent cellulite.

Even the most hard-core female athletes can have cellulite because of the nature of her fibrous connective tissue. Exercise will reduce the overall amount of fat you have overall, thereby minimizing the amount of cellulite you have. Tone, firm muscles will also make the cellulite you do have less noticeable.

1   True or False: Special creams may diminish the appearance of cellulite.

Topical vitamin A acid creams, such as retinol and tretinoin, can improve the look of cellulite by increasing collagen content and firming the skin. Other types of creams containing caffeine can improve skin’s appearance by temporarily plumping up the surrounding area, smoothing out the dimples. But these are only short-term solutions and not every product works the same way. The lumps and bumps will return when you quit applying these products.

1   True or False: Over time, tanning can camouflage cellulite.

Tanned skin does conceal the appearance of cellulite in the short-term. But UV radiation from the sun (or a tanning bed) actually weakens and thins the skin, making cellulite more noticeable over time. Use a self-tanning lotion instead of sunbathing if you want to minimize the look of your cellulite.

1   True or False: Scrubbing or dry-brushing your skin can help break down fat deposits and reduce cellulite.

Regular use of a loofah will increase circulation and slough off the top layer of the skin but it has little effect on cellulite because it cannot reach the deeper tissues. It may however help your skin look smoother by improving its surface layer.

1   True or False: Cellulite can be cured with special body wraps.

Body wrapping uses special wraps (plastic, rubber or cloth) in conjunction with lotions to supposedly reduce the amount of cellulite on the body. Most medical experts agree that this simply causes a reduction in water weight due to sweating and any inches lost will return once you are properly hydrated again. Losing too much body fluid can be harmful because it can cause an electrolyte imbalance and possible heart failure.

1   True or False: The FDA has approved a massage tool for cellulite reduction.

The FDA has approved a high-powered, handheld massage tool that consists of a treatment head, two motorized rollers, and a suction device that compresses the affected tissue between the two rollers. The procedure, called Endermologie, usually takes 10 to 20 treatments to get the best results. After that, one or two maintenance treatments each month are required to maintain these results. Without the maintenance, the benefits are soon lost. Each session typically costs $45 to $65.

1   True or False: Only overweight people have cellulite.

Thin people, fit individuals, and even those who are at a healthy weight (and healthy body fat percentage) can have cellulite, just as some unfit and overweight people may not have it. Most women will have cellulite to some degree. Whether or not you develop cellulite depends on factors like genetics, gender and hormonal levels.

Cellulite can be found on over 90% of women (and 10% of men), whether thin or overweight. But just because cellulite is common doesn't mean you have to simply accept it as a fact of life. While eating right and exercising regularly can burn fat, and using a topical product may temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite, genetics plays the major role in the formation of these lumps and bumps. To learn more, read our expert answers to the question "How can I get rid of my cellulite?"

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 9/1/2017 11:32:11 AM
8 out of 10....I should have went with my first instinct for those 2 I got wrong!!
KAHINA69 4/4/2017 9:39:09 AM
7/10, since I have cellulite you would think I would do better :)
RUNHAPPEE 6/30/2016 12:13:06 AM
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KAHANGI 12/28/2015 12:30:00 AM
Your Final Score:
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KAHANGI 12/17/2015 12:13:55 PM
7/10. Always something new to learn.
JMPANGELO 11/26/2015 11:55:42 AM
At least, one things for sure. Reading articles everyday at SparkPeople will help me to get motivated.
ILOVEROSES 1/19/2015 12:56:04 AM
CATNCAG 1/16/2015 3:52:47 PM
7/10 Learn something new everyday!
NADZZHARR 8/8/2014 1:52:02 PM
Weight loss reduce the appearance of cellulite, base on my experience.
STARRYROSES 5/24/2014 11:39:08 AM
8/10 Glad to know the two things I didn't know
LOVELYMIRROR 5/17/2014 8:06:05 PM
8/10 ^.^
YMUNDERWOOD 5/1/2014 1:43:38 AM
9/10 not bad.
UMPIREDOMINATOR 4/17/2014 9:28:20 AM
9/10 Damn I didn't know that the FDA had created anything to assist with cellulite. Well, now I know..
MARYANNB25 4/16/2014 8:42:26 AM
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