8 things you never knew about cellulite, according to a plastic surgeon

It's shorts season, ladies and gentlemen.

And though we've been waiting for what it seems like years for the warm weather to start, there's always that moment of panic before we slip into our bathing suits and new cute denim cutoffs: cellulite.

We've all been there: We look over at our husband, realizing he has not one ounce of lump on his thighs. And though we've been eating perfectly for the past month, these stubborn dimples just refuse to go away. 

In fact, nearly 90 percent of women report having cellulite, explains Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc, a board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon out of NYC. We chatted with the expert on all things cellulite and some of the best ways to get that body ready for summer.  

8 things you didn't know about cellulite
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8 things you didn't know about cellulite

In the social media world we live in today, we're always seeing airbrushed, skinny, flawless models. But cellulite is actually common -- right?

Very common in women, about 90 percent of all women develop cellulite. For men it is less common, only 10 percent of men report having cellulite.

What actually causes cellulite? 

The ideology is still not very clear but there seems to be a solid correlation between cellulite and genetics, race and gender. In 1978, surgeons Nurnberger and Muller first defined cellulite as a result of differences in the structure of skin and subcutaneous tissue in men and women.

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Does having cellulite mean anything for your health? Or is it just aesthetics? 

Mostly aesthetics, there isn’t much scientific backing to connect cellulite with health issues. Studies on cellulite just conclude that it is most likely due to the differences in muscular build up between men and women.

Is cellulite just on your thighs or are there other places people can get it? 

Cellulite is more common on the thighs but can also develop on [the] buttocks and stomach area.

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Do genetics, diet and exercise actually have an impact on cellulite? 

Genetics seem to be more correlated to cellulite than diet and exercise. However, maintaining a good BMI will keep fat from distributing itself around muscle.

What are some of the ways that people can get rid of cellulite?

Here in the office we offer two procedures that can help with the appearance of cellulite. The less invasive route would be a procedure called ThermiSmooth, which uses radiofrequency to stimulate collagen over the course of several treatments. The more aggressive approach would be a laser treatment called CelluSmooth: This also targets skin irregularities and laxity, and will lead to an overall smoothness of the skin.  

Anything patients can do at home to get rid of it cellulite themselves? 

Making sure to hydrate correctly could benefit cellulite appearance, as well as maintaining a good BMI for your age.

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What are some ways people can prevent cellulite?

Not much can be done to prevent cellulite. Unfortunately, it’s more related to genetics, race and gender than anything else. A good exercise regimen and healthy eating will not guarantee anything but could help the chances of not developing fat.


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