Will Exercise Remove Cellulite?

Hi I am 18 years old, and for a while, I thought I was just fat. Because I had never really known what cellulite is. Anyway, I don't look like cottage cheese, I don't think. But, My stomach sticks out and I am not really fat. Maybe I can pinch and inch of fat, but I don't think that that is the problem area. So, have I got cellulite? It looks like a sticking-out cellulite tummy, but not cottage cheese. Will exercise cure this?

Doctor Answers 10

Will Exercise Remove Cellulite

Cellulite is simply normal fat beneath the skin. It is caused by rubber-band-like connective tissues under the skin that compress the fat into dimples.  The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker. 

Exercise, and, if needed,weight loss which are among healthy lifestyle practices, are helpful while attempting to prevent or eliminate #cellulite. Experts agree that the most the effective exercise routine for cellulite is one that incorporates #aerobic.
Other factors that influence cellulite and it's visibility include:
• Poor #diet
• Fad dieting
• Slow #metabolism
• Lack of physical #activity
• #Hormone changes
• #Dehydration
• Total body #fat
• Thickness and color of your #skin
However, having cellulite does not imply one is overweight. Thin people can also have it. If one is overweight,  perhaps, losing weight may reduce cellulite.
There are many #products and #treatments that promise to get rid of cellulite on #thighs and #buttocks. But there is little evidence that shows that many of them work well or for long. Clinical treatments offer the most #effective and longest lasting results.  We can now offer improvements that should last at least 2-3 years. I recommend three different #procedures: #ThermiSmooth, #VelaShape 3, and #Cellfina.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Cellfina is the ONLY Effective Cellulite Treatment That Works!

There is only one truly effective and proven lasting cellulite treatment out there, and that is CELLFINA. All of the other lotions, potions, creams, treatments, radio frequency devices, including Cellulaze, are at best, mediocre, and, in many cases, completely worthless. Cellulaze is a laser-based procedure that has a much higher complication rate, as well as a much lower patient satisfaction rate, so that answer is pretty clear. CELLFINA is the only cellulite treatment that has a proven track record of 96% patient satisfaction at 2 years post treatment. Nothing else is even remotely as effective as Cellfina. I have attached a link to my website, explaining how this remarkable system works. There are patient testimonials and schematics reviewing the details of this remarkable breakthrough treatment. Also, Cellfina is a single session procedure that is done under local anesthesia with little to no pain! Thank you for your excellent question.

Steven M. Gitt, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Cellulite treatment

If you truly have cellulite, the 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.

Dr. Sugene Kim

Sugene Kim, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Cellulite control with the Brazilian Cellulite Treatment

Cellulite is caused by a combination of fasciocutaneous bands and fatty deposits.  The Brazilian Cellulite Treatment + skin tightening can help the problem. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Cellulaze to remove cellulite

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is always important. To rid yourself of cellulite completely try a procedure called Cellulaze. Cellulaze fights cellulite from under the skin while promoting thicker skin.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Cellulite and Exercise

Thank you for your question. Based on your photo, you do not appear to suffer from cellulite. Cellulite appears as the "cottage cheese" look you referred to. Exercise will certainly be helpful with your stomach area. There are many non-invasive procedures available as well for this area, such as CoolSculpting and Vaser Hi-Def. Best of luck.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Cellulite tummy

For your age you are still growing, and with your picture it is diifcult to see any of the typical signs of cellulite.  I would not recommend liposuction at your age, and would recommend exercise first before any surgical correction.


If you do have cellulite, I would recommend Cellulaze for the treatment of your persistent cellulite.  It is the only FDA-approved one time minimally invasive treatment for cellulite.  It treats all anatomice causes of cellulite.  Other modalities only treat one or two fo the problems, so the relust is only temporary or suboptimal. Talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon that has experience with the procedure to find out more information.  Good luck!

Robert Kratschmer, MD

Robert Kratschmer, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Abdominal contouring

based on your photo, I dont see any obvious signs of cellulite. Perhaps you are concerned with the appearance of your tummy. You may want to consider lipo of your tummy area.  Please see a board certified PS to learn more about your options.

Dr. Basu

Houston, TX

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Cellulite is not improved much by exercise. Try the new Cellulaze FDA approved laser treatment.

Cellulite can be permanently improved by a one-time FDA approved Cellulaze Laser treatment.  This treatment releases cellulite bands causing the skin to dimple, melts the fat that herniates in between the cellulite bands, and tightens the skin to give a smoother skin surface.  A carefully controlled FDA study was conduction to confirm the effectiveness of this treatment before Cellulaze was given FDA approval.

Mark Taylor, MD
Salt Lake City Dermatologic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Cellulite abdomen without fat

You need to be examined to determine the structural reason for the bowing forward of your stomach. Without much fat there, you could have a weakness in the fascia, which usually is only seen after someone had been very overweight and distended at one time, or pregnant.  Then the fascia can't hold in the muscle, and despite how many sit-ups you do, the fascia can't tighten and as the muscle was strong to begin with, the exercise doesn't help.  A tummy tuck is usually helps this condition but without a reason for such a bowing, the surgeon will examine you for a curvature of the spine which may make this change too. The photograph doesn't show cottage cheese, and cellulite usually doesn't create the curvature you display of the abdomen.  See a plastic surgeon for a consultation.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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