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    Cellulite

    Cellulite is fat that collects in pockets justbelow thesurface of the skin. Itforms around the hips, thighs, and buttocks. Cellulite deposits cause the skin to look dimpled.

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    Cellulite may be more visible than fat deeper in the body. Everyone has layers of fat under the skin so even thin people can have cellulite.Collagen fibers that connect fat to the skin may stretch, break down, or pull tight. This allows fat cells to bulge out.

    Your genes may play a part in whether or not you have cellulite. Other factors may include your diet, how your body burns energy, hormone changes, anddehydration.

    No existing treatments including weight loss, exercise, massages, wraps, creams, supplements, or surgery has yet been shown to get rid of cellulite once you have it. Liposuction is not recommended for cellulite, and may even make it look worse. New treatments such as laser are being developed for cellulite.

    Many people seek treatment for cellulite because they are bothered by how it looks.The problem is not harmful to your health, however. Most doctorsconsider ita normal conditionfor many women and some men.

    Tips for avoiding cellulite include:

    • Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber
    • Staying hydrated with plenty of fluids
    • Exercising regularly to keep muscles toned and bones strong
    • Maintaining a healthy weight (no yo-yo dieting)
    • Not smoking

    References

    Khan MH, Victor F, Rao B, Sadick NS. Treatment of cellulite: Part I. Pathophysiology. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 Mar;62(3):361-70.

    Khan MH, Victor F, Rao B, Sadick NS. Treatment of cellulite: Part II. Advances and controversies. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 Mar;62(3):373-84.

    Burns JL, Blackwell SJ. Plastic surgery. In: Townsend CM Jr, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 73.

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      Review Date: 11/20/2012

      Reviewed By: Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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