Is There a Way to Prevent Cellulite?

Would I need to exercise more, eat differently, get more massages to get less cellulite? I am just seeing the first signs of thigh cellulite. NOT good!

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You already know how to minimize cellulite, but here are a few tips

Cellulite has two primary causes: fat irregularities in the superficial skin and fat in the deep tissues.
Fat in the deep tissues can be globular, since fat has irregular septations that can be broken with liposculpture techniques. Many patients interpret fat around the thigh and buttock areas as being cellulite, when in fact it is just fat. So some hope there. Exercise and a healthy diet reduce fat, as does liposuction/liposculpture.
Fat in the superficial tissues causing irregularities on the surface is normal to have in the teen years and beyond, and non currently treatable. Some patients have found temporary relief with Endermologie, probably because of the temporary swelling it causes. Some creams may also cause temporary swelling and may minimally reduce the appearance of cellulite. Weight loss and diet also reduce the superficial cellulite.
Lasers, superficial liposuction, radiofrequency treatments have been disappointing because of the damage they may cause to the subdermal plexus, the blood vessels below the skin that nourish the skin. Destroying the subdermal plexus causes the skin to die or change color permanently. It can also cause very significant irregularities that are permanent and sometimes deforming.
One thing patients can do is to keep fit. People who have cellulite are genetically programmed to have it at a certain weight. Some patients who are genetically "gifted" and do not exhibit cellulite despite being heavy and not exercising. However, these patients often have the "apple" configuration with fat depositions in the abdomen, an unhealthier condition compared to their cellulite-suffering cohort. By reducing the body fat percentage through a sustained and effective exercise program with lots of cardio, and by restricting intake of fatty and carbohydrate rich foods, patients may reduce in a meaningful way their cellulite. This is in fact better than any treatment any doctor can offer (and cheaper and healthier as well).

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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No, there isn't any way to prevent cellulite, but...


No, there isn’t any way to prevent cellulite, but I can’t stress enough that the time has come to get rid of the shame!

Nearly 85% of post-pubescent women develop cellulite, and if it bothers you or is affecting your self esteem, consult with a cosmetic dermatologist or medical professional who can help you explore treatment options.

David Goldberg, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Preventing cellulite from developing: Ways to keep cellulite off.


I disagree with the professional panel on this question. Sure, there are definitely ways to prevent the accumulation of cellulite on your body and minimize the appearance of cellulite.

Cellulite can occur because of a variety of causes, including genetics, hormones, and skin resiliency. Although genetics and hormonal effects cannot be changed, the issue of skin resiliency and the depth of fibrous septa can be altered. This can lead to identifiable and quantifiable changes in the appearance of cellulite.

One solution may be in the way of prevention. Studies from France have conclusively proven that stimulation of the fat alpha and beta receptors with deep tissue stimulation via an Endermologie type unit will improve cellulite. This should be done preventatively vs. after its already formed. .

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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There are things to help with cellulite


Cellulite is a common term referring to skin surface irregularities and dimpling of skin, predominantly in the thighs and buttocks (think cottage cheese thighs). Causes for the appearance have been blamed on differences in connective tissue structure and on adipose tissue biochemistry. Research has confirmed that women get cellulite more often than men. Some physicians have attributed the defect as secondary to enlargement in fat cells in the superficial tissue below the skin, resulting in compartmental bulging between the connective tissue. Since the well-developed and organized septa that make up the connective tissue do not give way to the increased volume in a limited space, this becomes transmitted as surface irregularity between the deeper pockets of fat.

To date, no significant differences in biochemistry, physiology, or blood and/or lymph flow of the tissue and structure organization in cellulite tissue have been demonstrated scientifically.

However heredity can be a factor.

Here are things you can do to help:

  1. Avoid things that will damage your skin (sun, tobacco products).
  2. Avoid weight loss and weight gain.

Be aware that 80% of women can get significant cellulite as they age and it can become a problem as young as 18.

Chasing creams, laser, mesotherapy, massage, etc. tend to leave patients unsatisfied and significantly poorer. There's no great answer for fixing it once it occurs.

I hope this helps.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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There is no way to prevent cellulite. Even the most fit...


There is no way to prevent cellulite. Even the most fit women over 13 will have an 80% incidence of cellulite. Fortunately, there are a number of topical creams that improve the appearance in addition to a number of treatments including the Triactive, Velasmooth, Endermologie, and more.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
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Cellulaze to diminish cellulite


There are no ways to prevent cellulite, but there is a procedure to get rid of existing cellulite. Cellulaze is the first long-lasting cellulite reduction treatment that, through one minimally invasive procedure has the ability to smooth out the skin and keep it cellulite-free.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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What is cellulite and will cellulaze help?


Cellulite tends to effect mostly women and a vast majority of women at that. A lot of people will blame cellulite on diet or work out routines, or that its a fat problem. It is actually a structural problem. This explains why thin women and heavier women have cellulite.  So having said that, no there is not really anything you can do. Thankfully because of cellulaze there is a treatment available to correct the imperfections. 



Frederick Lester, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Cellulite treatment


unfortunately, there is no effective preventive treatment for cellulite.  If you truly have cellulite,  cellulaze may be a good option for you. Cellulaze uses a laser under the skin to attack the anatomic causes of cellulite. It is a minimally invasive procedure that takes 1-2 hours and can be safely done  under local or just IV sedation.  It is an FDA approved treatment for cellulite and requires only one treatment.  Hope this is helpful.

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Sugene Kim, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Preventative treatment for cellulite


Unfortunately, it is very difficult to prevent cellulite if you already have a propensitiy to develop it.  Diet and exercise can minimize the look of it, but if you are going to develop it, you will.  I would recommend Cellulaze for the treatment of your cellulite. It is the first FDA approved minimally invasive, one-time treatment for cellulite.  It utilizes a 1440 nm side-firing laser fiber optic to treat the three main causes of cellulite:  It breaks down the fatty bulges, then cuts the fibrous septae that cause dimpling, then finally stimulates the dermis to shrink and thicken in order to improve the look of you cellulite areas.

Good luck in your endeavors!

Robert Kratschmer, MD

Robert Kratschmer, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Treating Cellulite


Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, cellulite cannot be prevented. I would suggest Cellulaze to reduce your cellulite. Cellulaze is the only minimally invasive laser procedure designed to attack the structure of cellulite beneath your skin. It delivers longer-lasting results after only one short treatment. It is the first and only cellulite laser treatment that treats the actual problems underneath the skin to deliver a proven longer-lasting result from just one simple treatment. Cellulaze is backed by many years of clinical research. Studies have shown it increases the thickness of your skin by 25% and the elasticity of your skin by 29%—significant claims that haven't been made by any other treatments. Thicker and more elastic skin can help flatten and smooth the skin surface to improve the appearance of cellulite. In addition, 93% of patients surveyed were satisfied or very satisfied with their results at one year post their procedure, and all would recommend the Cellulaze cellulite laser treatment to a friend.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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