Cellulite comes from the connective tissue between skin and muscle pulling down and fat cells puckering up, creating a dimpling. Although there is no medical danger from cellulite, many people are embarrassed by it. While cellulite is often associated with women, it does exist in men. Most men with cellulite have it in their abdomen. While women’s bodies produce more subcutaneous fat, there is no scientific evidence the cellulite in women is chemically different from cellulite in men. Although most cellulite products are aimed at women, they can be used on men as well. There is no way to fully get rid of cellulite, but you can reduce its appearance.
Exercise regularly. Building muscle can reduce the appearance of cellulite. The American Council on Exercise has an exercise library to provide guidance on exercises that tone muscles in the abdomen.
Eat a healthy diet. Eating healthy in combination with exercise can reduce the size of the fat cells that cause the dimpling. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains are all part of a healthy diet. Limit foods that are high in saturated fat and sugar. Follow the USDA dietary guidelines for a healthy diet.
Apply topical creams that contain alpha hydroxyl and caffeine, which are designed to improve the skin’s elasticity. Results for these creams are mixed at best, and the cellulite becomes more visible once you stop using the creams.
Try a noninvasive treatment. A patented technology called Endermologie, also known as Lipomassage, uses rollers that firmly massage the skin, causing a temporary reduction of cellulite. Endermologie involves several 35-minute procedures over the course of five to 14 sessions. As of 2010, costs average between $1,000 and $2,000.
Try lasers or radioactive treatment. Velashape and Triactive are FDA-approved laser treatments designed to reduce the appearance of cellulite. They combine low-energy lasers with suction massage to reduce dimpling. This cosmetic treatment can cost between $1,500 and $2,000, as of 2010.