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Cellulite Myths, facts and treatment 

By Tracy Dye

Cellulite is one beauty flaw that can easily leave your confidence shaken. Although not life-threatening — and, more importantly, not something to be ashamed of — the pesky problem of cellulite is anything but pleasant.

The condition is characterized by a dimpled, cottage-cheese like appearance of fat primarily on the thighs, hips, buttocks and belly. When seeking treatment for cellulite, it can be easy to get caught up in misinformation.

To get the real skinny on cellulite, take a look at the following myths and facts, as well as some ways to prevent and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

When you’re finished reading, be sure to check out other ways to feel and look your best by visiting HavenontheLake.org or calling 410-715-3020.

Cellulite: The myths and facts

Myth: Only those who are overweight get cellulite.

Fact: There is not a single known cause for cellulite. Being overweight can make cellulite more noticeable and even have an effect in the development of cellulite, but there are many possible risk factors for this type of dimply, bumpy skin. According to The Mayo Clinic, several things can play a role in the development of cellulite, such as a sedentary lifestyle, pregnancy and genetics.

Myth: Cellulite only occurs in middle age

Fact: Cellulite can occur in adolescents and older adults. Although the condition doesn’t exclusively discriminate by age, development of cellulite can become more prevalent when you get older. For women, part of this can be blamed on hormones. Women produce less estrogen as they age, which can cause poorer circulation and a decrease in collagen production, as well as connective tissue.

Myth: Only women develop cellulite.

Fact: Although women are at a much higher risk for cellulite, men can also develop the condition. Because women have a higher tendency to gain weight around their thighs, hips and buttocks, cellulite tends to be more prevalent in females than males. Men typically gain weight in their abdomen, making cellulite less noticeable. Still, men can and do develop cellulite.

Myth: In general, very few people actually develop cellulite.

Fact: Cellulite is extremely common. Approximately 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men develop cellulite at some point in their lifetime. So if you’re feeling self-conscious over your cellulite, remember that you are not alone!

Myth: Simply losing weight will eliminate the appearance of cellulite.

Fact: Losing weight alone will not necessarily reduce the appearance of cellulite, and — in some cases — may make it more noticeable. While there is no way to completely get rid of cellulite, a healthy diet and a comprehensive exercise plan that focuses on total body fitness as opposed to spot treatment can significantly reduce the appearance of cellulite.

See part two here!

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