Some of the most popular body image complaints we hear at Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery in Tampa Bay, FL are:

  • “I hate my cellulite”;
  • “I have cottage cheese thighs”;
  • “I can’t wear white jeans, you can see all the dimples in my butt!”;
  • “The back of my legs looks like an airplane wing that went through a hail storm!”; and
  • “My bottom looks like an orange peel!”

Marketers and Hollywood have significantly influenced popular culture and in turn have perpetuated nearly unattainable beauty ideals; as a result, we’ve been led to believe that the dimpled, cottage cheese appearance of cellulite is undesirable. I’m sure you’ve seen the cover or tabloid magazines screaming in bold font: “Beach Body Fail: Celebrities with Cellulite” or “Hall of Shame: Cellulite of the Stars—All New Photos! Find Out Who Inside.”

While cellulite has always been around (check out the 1969 beautiful painting

The Three Graces by Peter Paul Rubens, featuring thee women in the nude, cellulite and all).

In fact, it wasn’t until relatively recently that cellulite was an issue that people felt compelled to fix. On April 15, 1968, the US edition of Vogue featured the following headline on its front page: “Cellulite, the new word for fat you couldn’t lose before.” Feminist journalist Naomi Wolf argues that this headline catalyzed a pop culture tendency to re-interpret healthy “adult female flesh” as a “condition.”[1]

There are dozens of myths and old wives’ tales surrounding cellulite. Check out some of the most popular and widely believed myths below:

MYTH: Cellulite is an abnormal condition that only effects a small, unlucky portion of the population.

  • False! Cellulite is extraordinarily common; some studies have found that after puberty, 85 to 98% of women have cellulite (with more Caucasian women reporting have cellulite than Asian or Black women).

MYTH: Thin women do not have cellulite.

  • False! You can be rail thin or a supermodel and still have cellulite. While gaining weight can lead to increased cellulite, there are plenty of thin women who still have cellulite.

MYTH: Cellulite is chunks of fat.

False! Whether your way 100lbs or 400lbs, you skin has a protective layer of fat between your muscle and the surface of your skin. Ideally, tissues are supposed to connect the muscle and the surface of your skin in order to contain the fat and create a smooth, dimple-free look on the outside of your skin. However, a multitude of factors such as age, changes in weight, genetics, and stress can weaken these connective tissues. As a result, irregular fat cells can protrude through the skin causing the skin to have the puckered, dimply appearance that we commonly refer to as cellulite.[2]

MYTH: Men don’t get cellulite.

  • False! Sorry, Guys! You can get cellulite too! Male cellulite is much less common than female cellulite, but it still happens. Women get cellulite more frequently than men because women’s connective tissues are flimsier than men’s connective tissue. Also, as women age, their estrogen levels drop, which makes their bodies even more prone to cellulite.[3]

MYTH: Losing weight will cure all your cellulite.

  • False! Since cellulite is more about damaged connective tissue rather than fat, losing fat though weight loss won’t erase all your cellulite. On the flipside, if cellulite on your thighs is your problem area, regularly doing strength training exercises such as squats and lunges will build muscle and help reduce (but not completely eliminate) the appearance of cellulite in the back-thigh area.[4]

MYTH: There is nothing your plastic surgeon/dermatologist can do to help reduce the appearance of your cellulite

At Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery Tampa Bay, FL, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Harrell is highly experienced in in-office cellulite treatments such as Endermologie and

Triactive as well as cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and facelifts.

Call us toll-free at (800) 781-0818 today to schedule your consultation or contact us online here.