Four Myths About That Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Cellulite

Dr. Jeffrey Viscomi, M.D. Body by Docere

It’s called Edematous fibrosclerotic panniculopathy but you may know it better as cellulite. Quite simply, it’s the dimpling of the skin commonly found on the butt, hips, and thighs. It’s not hazardous to your health, but most people don’t love the look of it. And unfortunately, falsehoods and magic potions run rampant in the misunderstood world of cellulite. Here are a few:

1. Cellulite only affects certain people.

While it does favor women over men, it doesn’t give preferential treatment to any other specific type of person beyond that. Curvy or thin. Millennial or baby boomer. Brunette or blonde. You name it – cellulite doesn’t care. In fact, cellulite is estimated to affect 80 to 98 percent of women. Even the fittest among us can still be affected by it, including professional ballerina Kylie Shea who recently garnered over 60k likes on her powerful Instagram post about her struggle with cellulite.

2. Losing weight and working out can make cellulite disappear.

While we always encourage a healthy diet and fitness regimen, it won’t cure you of your pesky cellulite. That’s because cellulite isn’t about fat alone– it’s actually the connective tissue beneath the skin that causes the dimpling affect. And trying to target certain areas of your body with exercise will likely have very little effect on the cellulite that resides there. You may create a more toned muscle (and that’s good), but you won’t be addressing the connective tissue causing the cellulite in the first place.

3. A suntan can diminish your cellulite.

As with most things that involve sun exposure– it’s only going to make the situation worse. UV rays damage and weaken the collagen and elastin network in your skin, making cellulite even more noticeable. Not to mention, the vast array of additional reasons you want to avoid prolonged sun exposure without proper protection, including wrinkles, discoloration, and an increased chance of skin cancer. It’s best to stick with a self-tanner if you are attempting to camouflage cellulite without making it worse.

4. Cellulite can be reduced with firming creams and lotions.

We wish it were true! But there is no scientific evidence to support claims that topical products can reduce cellulite. The same goes for many other treatments that tout significant cellulite reduction, such as wraps, supplements, special diets, massage, and injections. In fact the only FDA-approved, long-lasting treatment for cellulite is Cellfina. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that basically cuts those troublesome connective tissues under the skin that are to blame for a lumpy and bumpy appearance.

If you are interested in learning more about Cellfina to address cellulite (or a spray tan for some strategic camouflage) call us at 440-238-3331 to learn more.