It is clear that among our readership, two top concerns that women have are acne and cellulite. While compression tights, mesotherapy, and cosmetic surgery have all been suggested as solutions for cellulite, there is nothing that eliminates cellulite forever.
According to latest research published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, while weight loss may decrease the severity of cellulite for some women — but may worsen the condition for others. In other words, losing weight and having a healthy weight are excellent goals by themselves for health and style reasons, don’t expect miraculous results for your cellulite.
According to Dr. John Kitzmiller, “Cellulite is not specific to overweight people, but excess weight may worsen the condition. We found that weight loss in overweight patients improved the appearance of cellulite, but for a few, it actually worsened the condition.” Patients who lost larger amounts of weight and lowered their percentage of thigh fat experienced the greatest improvement in cellulite. These patients had a significantly higher starting body mass index (BMI) and had more severe cellulite on average.
Patients whose cellulite worsened started with a significantly lower BMI, lost smaller amounts of weight, and had no change in percentage of thigh fat. Skin elasticity after weight loss also played an important role in improving the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite worsened in those whose skin became significantly looser after weight loss.
“There is no answer for completely eliminating cellulite, however, it appears the more weight one loses, the better its appearance,” added Dr. Kitzmiller. “Although the appearance of cellulite diminished for the majority of patients, weight loss did not totally eradicate the condition. The dimples appear to be permanent features that lessen in depth as the pounds come off.”