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Cellulite FAQ

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is a localized alteration in the contour of the skin that has been reported in approximately 90% of adult women of all races and ethnicities.

What causes cellulite?

Over time, three completely normal things can happen:

1. Fat cells get larger

2. Skin gets thinner and a little looser

3. The fibrous bands under the skin’s surface get thicker, leading to a dimpled appearance.

Who is affected by cellulite?

Women of all shapes, sizes, ages and races are more likely to have cellulite than men.

Why aren't men prone to developing cellulite?

Men have thicker skin than women, and their collagen bands are oriented in a crisscross fashion, essentially eliminating the ability of the fat lobules to bulge through. However, if a man were to be given estrogen hormones (as in some cancer treatments), he could develop cellulite if there is enough fat.

Are fat and cellulite the same?

Fat is not cellulite and does not cause it, but fat cells getting bigger between fibrous bands under the skin can contribute to a bumpy appearance.

Can weight loss help get rid of cellulite?

Weight loss might reduce the appearance of cellulite, but won’t get rid of it since it doesn’t address the fibrous bands under the skin’s surface. In some cases, weight loss can actually make cellulite look worse because of resulting skin laxity.


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