Hi, I'm Dr. Dan Shapiro. I'm a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. I've been practicing aesthetic and cosmetic plastic surgery in the Scottsdale Paradise Valley area since 1992. And I perform Cellulaze, which is a laser treatment of cellulite, so I see a lot of people that come in with complaints about dimpling or cellulite of their thighs or other areas of their bodies and often want to know whether or not they can do things themselves - i.e: loose weight, gain weight, do exercise - and make that cellulite go away.

I think to understand the answer to that question is to understand that cellulite tends to be a genetic factor. It tends to run in families. It only happens in women. And unfortunately, you know, if your mother has it, you have a greater chance of having it yourself. There are things you can do to help improve your cellulite, but there's really not a lot that you can do to make it completely go away.

I think that if you do a strict exercise regimen in terms of increasing your muscle tone, I think that if you would diet and make your body more toned, I think you cellulite, most likely, would look better. People often see as they gain weight that the dimpling seems to be more pronounced, but unfortunately, no matter what you do with regards to your weight and exercise, it may make it better but it will never make it completely go away or get it to the point where you're satisfied with the way you look both in and out of clothes.

So unfortunately, these things can make some of a difference to you, but really, the only way to get rid of cellulite or make it much, much better is to have some kind of treatment. And to date, I think Cellulaze, which is the laser treatment of cellulite, is the best and longest-lasting treatment that I know of. The best way to know whether you're a candidate for that is to come in for consultation. Thank you.

Can I Get Rid of Cellulite Without Surgery?

Dr. Daniel Shapiro answers one of his most popular questions: How can I get rid of cellulite on my own?