What is Cellulite (and How To Get Rid Of It)?

While cellulite sounds like a horrible medical condition, it is just fat deposited under the skin. Any medical spa Springfield MO can tell you that it appears bumpy because it pushes against the skin and makes it pucker.

Although cellulite isn’t harmful, it’s is unappealing and many people want to get rid of it. One of the frustrating aspects of cellulite is that a person does not need to be overweight to have it.

Cellulite is more common with women than men, but some men also have it. Women tend to carry more weight around their hips and thighs, and they have less connective tissue, called collagen. It is this connective tissue that keeps the skin looking smooth even when there is fat underneath it.

To add insult to injury, the older a woman gets, the more likely she is to have cellulite. As a woman’s body naturally begins to create less estrogen, her body also produces less collagen, leading to the appearance of more cellulite.

The lighter skin a person has, the more noticeable cellulite is. Self-tanner can make the dimples of cellulite less noticeable.

There are many treatments available for cellulite but they don’t all work well or provide long-term treatment.

Cellulite creams

These creams claim to dissolve fat and smooth skin. The active ingredient in many of these creams is aminophylline, an asthma medication. The creams most likely narrow blood vessels and force water away from the skin. This can be dangerous for people with circulatory problems.


Liposuction Springfield MO is a surgical procedure that removes fat from the body. It removes the fat from deep in the body, not the fat closest to the skin. Liposuction can worsen the appearance of cellulite by forming more depressions in the skin.


While cardiovascular exercise can decrease the overall fat in a person’s body, weight training is necessary to drastically reduce the look of cellulite. Increasing the muscle in the body will tighten the skin and smooth out the look of cellulite.

Skin Fillers

Injectable skin fillers like Restylane and Radiesse are usually used to remove facial wrinkles but they can also temporarily reduce cellulite. These procedures can be quite expensive, though, particularly for a temporary procedure.

Non-Invasive Procedures

Laser, radio-frequency, and massage techniques have been used with success to reduce the look of cellulite. They are not permanent, but they also don’t carry the potential side effects of creams or injections.

Exercise and good nutrition, as always, are good for what ails you, even if your problem is cellulite. The best way to reduce the look of cellulite is to eat well, drink enough water and exercise.