Cellulite Myths - Fact or Fiction
Dr Brian Glatt, of Morris County, offers answers to many misconceptions about cellulite
Sweating out toxins helps to reduce cellulite.
False. There is no evidence to show that sweating out toxins will help reduce cellulite.
It is possible to get rid of cellulite entirely.
Unfortunately, cellulite can never be completely removed, although you can lessen it to a certain degree with liposuction. Newer methods of liposuction using ultrasound or laser liposuction have been particularly effective for this.
A massage can help get rid of lumps and bumps.
No amount of massaging will eliminate lumps and bumps from cellulite – regardless of what cream you use! Buyers should beware of creams that promise to eliminate cellulite – they don’t work.
Drinking water helps to flush out toxins.
Staying well hydrated is thought to help flush toxins out of the body and keep your soft tissues in healthier condition which can translate into a more vibrant outer appearance of the skin.
Carbonation will add to cellulite problems.
Although it was once thought that carbonated beverages added to cellulite problems, no connection between carbonated drinks and cellulite has ever been established. Furthermore, because staying well hydrated is thought to help flush toxins out of the body and keep your soft tissues in healthier condition which can translate into a more vibrant outer appearance of the skin, consuming beverages like sparkling water could be beneficial.
Cutting out processed foods will help alleviate cellulite.
Cutting out processed foods, which contain high levels of hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, may reduce excess body fat. While excess body fat is not necessarily the cause of cellulite, it does make getting rid of cellulite more difficult. A healthy and balanced diet can certainly improve one’s appearance and overall health.
Products infused with caffeine will rid cellulite.
There are unfortunately no commercially available topical or oral products that will get rid of cellulite.
There are new laser technologies that rid cellulite.
While many newer laser treatments promise the world with regards to cellulite treatment, most do not deliver. Heat, rather than cold, helps downplay lumps and bumps.
Cellulite creams should be used in the morning and at night.
Buyer beware of creams that promise elimination of cellulite – they simply don’t work. If there WAS a topical cream that truly eliminated cellulite or reduced it significantly then EVERYONE would have it and no one would be confused about what to use!
Everyone has cellulite.
Everyone does have excess fatty tissue in variable amounts, but not everyone has this show as “cellulite”.
A tan reduces the appearance of cellulite.
Staying tan may reduce the appearance of cellulite, but will have no effect on overall contour.
Exercise doesn’t affect cellulite build-up.
Exercise is a crucial component to staying in shape and keeping away extra accumulation of fat is problem areas, but in people susceptible to it, cellulite may still build up or remain in certain areas such as the outer thighs or buttocks. For these people, liposuction is the perfect solution to help reduce the amount and appearance of unwanted cellulite.