Understand what cellulite really isiStock/Blaj Gabriel
Cellulite is the term for lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen. It can also appear on the arms and breasts. “Cellulite is enlarged packets of body fat deep beneath the skin pushed against the vertical connective tissue that surrounds fat cells,” says Dendy Engelman, MD, of Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in New York City. “When the fat cells expand, it limits the space under the skin and puts pressure on the connective tissue. The pressure forces the fat against the top layers and creates the dimpled look.” This is the worst advice dermatologists hear about skin care.
Almost every woman has celluliteiStock/dolgachov
“Cellulite is very common—93 percent of women have it!” says Dr. Engelman. “The first thing women with cellulite need to know is that they aren’t alone,” echoes Bruce Katz, MD, medical director of JUVA Skin & Laser Center in New York City. “The vast majority of women have at least some of these dreaded pockets of fat.”