In “Getting Rid of Cellulite: Part 1,” we discussed some basics of cellulite. Many women suffer from cellulite at some point — about 90 percent. Cellulite also affects even the trimmest and fittest of women. In Part 2, we will further the basics of cellulite, as well as ways for getting rid of cellulite.

Cellulite can lead to a negative self-image and reduced self-esteem so it’s important to understand ways to remove it, improve it and prevent it. Cellulite happens when connective fibers beneath your skin have elasticity loss and/or become weak. It can result from a number of issues, from genetics to lifestyle. Fear not, as we will also discuss how treatments and procedures from dermatologists can also help, such a liposuction to remove excess fat. Now let’s explore the myths, the facts and ways of getting rid of cellulite.

Cellulite Affects Most Women

Getting rid of cellulite is a top concern for most women


Myth: Cardio alone reduces the appearance of cellulite. Cardio, such as running, aerobics and dancing, keeps you fit but you also need to strength train to improve body composition. A study by the YMCA in Quincy, Mass., confirms that you must do both cardio and strength training to improve the appearance of cellulite and reduce its chances of appearing in the future. The study found that those whose weekly exercise regimen included three 30-minute aerobic workouts for eight weeks gained no muscle, though they averaged at four pounds of weight loss each. Those who combined an weekly regimen of three time per week with 15 minutes of cardio with 15 minutes of strength training lost an average of 10 pounds each and also gained two pounds of muscle. The cardio and strength combo exercise routine group also had the best body composition improvement. In regards to exercise, diversity definitely has its benefits.

Skin-Firming Topical Solutions Can Remove Cellulite

Myth: No topical creams —whether bought in the drug store or prescribed by a doctor — can remove cellulite. However, some still have benefits. Studies reveal that products containing retinoids (retinol if sold over-the-counter) may reveal some temporary benefits. They work to create a thicker skin that “smooths” cellulite bumps. Limited evidence suggests that some stimulating scrubs and creams may improve circulation to break down fat. Stimulating ingredients include green or black tea, caffeine and ginger.

Dermal Fillers Can Improve the Appearance of Cellulite

Fact: Injectable dermal fillers such as Radiesse and Restalyne are temporarily beneficial when injected into sections of skin with visible cellulite. Dermal fillers are most commonly used to add volume, plump skin and smooth wrinkles but they are also effective for cellulite. Efficacy is three-plus months, possibly even a year. They work particularly well on skinny women with deep divots. Consult with your dermatologist about which one is best for getting rid of cellulite.

Non-Surgical Cellulite Treatments Work

Fact: Massage techniques, radio-frequency treatments and laser treatments reduce the appearance of cellulite with proven efficacy. Though this method of getting rid of cellulite is also not permanent, non-surgical treatments are highly effective. Treatments include:

Laser Treatments: TriActiv and VelaSmooth; 10 to 15 sessions; require monthly maintenance appointments

Radio-frequency treatments: Thermage CL; more expensive; results average six months to a year

For more on understanding the myths & truths of cellulite, read Getting Rid of Cellulite: Part 3.