you can do something about it.
of skin just below the epidermis (the outermost layer). Within the dermis is a network of connective tissue that
looks like honeycomb, and as fat cells increase in size, the connective tissue within this layer become
weakened and fat bulges through, giving the skin a dimpled or mattress-like appearance.
Your amount of body fat, distribution of fat (which is influenced by genetics), skin thickness, and the
strength of your connective fibers all factor into if you get cellulite. And thank hormones for sparing guys but giving most women this condition. According to a study in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy , nearly 85 percent of women over the age of 20 have cellulite while, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, only about 10 percent of men have it.
decade and gain 15 pounds of fat, says Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., author of the book No More
decrease by about 1 percent per year and that females naturally have a higher body fat percentage than men,
and it’s no surprise that as women get older, cellulite becomes more prominent.
Defeat the Dimples!
for good. As for the FDA-approved, one-time laser- assisted procedure Cellulaze—which purports to level
out bumps and dimples while stimulating collagen production to increase skin elasticity and thickness by
more than 25 percent—the long-term effects are yet to be fully known (and the short procedure costs anywhere
from 2,000USD to10,000USD depending on the size of the area treated).
a long way. Losing a few pounds can help move fat cells away from the dermis slightly, leading to more even-looking skin, according to a British study.
healthy diet (heart-healthy grains, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, lowfat and nonfat dairy, and
healthy fats) with 40-minute exercise sessions (half cardio and half strength) three times a week helped women shed an average 9.1 pounds of fat and 1.8 inches from their hips while adding 1.2 pounds of lean muscle.
followed the workout routine—with more than 70 percent of them noting less observed cellulite in
addition to a more well-defined and improved overall
Cosmetic Dermatology shows that cigarette smoke can weaken the formation of collagen, the main structural component of connective tissue, making cellulite more