WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Cellulite

By: Susan Hendricks
By: Susan Hendricks

The dog days of summer are upon us and many people are lounging around the pool.

But there are those who will never be ready to show a lot of skin, mainly because of a little problem called cellulite.

What causes it?

Can anything be done?

Here's Susan Hendricks with today's Health Minute.

Beverly hunt is a dynamo. Always active, she stays in shape. But she has a secret. It's cellulite.

"It's in the thighs and the rear. I'm sure there are other places, but those are the primary, quote un-quote soar spots."

Cellulite forms when skin loses its elasticity, and large fat cells form and create bulges and dimples. As many as 90-percent of women have cellulite, and according to dermatologist Dr. Howard Brooks, thin or heavy, any woman can develop cellulite.

"It does not matter if that woman is black, white, Asian, it doesn't matter if that woman eats right, does everything right, cellulite can still develop unfortunately."

Brooks says there are few things you can do to curb the dimples -- quit smoking, lighting up damages connective tissues that cause wrinkling. Watch your weight, and exercise the legs and buttocks.

"That can firm up the skin and it decreases the appearance of cellulite; it's still there, but it decreases the appearance. "

Because cellulite formation is mostly genetic, brooks confesses there isn't much you can do to get rid of it, although there are some cosmetic procedures, like lasers, injections and deep massage therapy, they're expensive and temporary.

For now, beverly hunt has decided to try laser and deep massage therapy to get rid of her secret.

For Today's Health Minute, I'm Susan Hendricks.

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