Cellulite Myths and Misconceptions

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Myth: Young people do not develop cellulite.

Truth: Although cellulite typically worsens with age, it can develop as early as adolescence.

Myth: The appearance of cellulite is related to obesity.

Truth: Cellulite may be more visible in people who are overweight/obese. However, the condition is not related to weight and cellulite can appear in people who are thin and those whose weight is within a normal range.

Myth: Cellulite affects only women.

Truth: Women develop cellulite more often than men for a number of different reasons (e.g., hormone fluctuations, differences in the way body tissues [fat, muscle, connective tissue] are distributed); however, men also can develop cellulite.

Myth: Diet and exercise can eliminate cellulite.

Truth: Although regular exercise and a healthy diet can help minimize the appearance of cellulite, lifestyle changes cannot eliminate the condition entirely.

Myth: Drinking plenty of water reduces the appearance of cellulite.

Truth: Although some theories suggest that cellulite may be related to the build up of toxins in the body's tissues, there is no evidence that drinking large amounts of water can reduce cellulite.

Myth: Liposuction is the best way to reduce cellulite.

Truth: Many people believe liposuction (i.e., surgical procedure used to remove body fat) can reduce the appearance of cellulite, but this is not true. Liposuction does not remove the subcutaneous (under the skin) fat that causes cellulite. In many cases, the appearance of cellulite is worse after liposuction because the skin is looser following the procedure.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 13 Nov 2008

Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015