The truth is that winning at cellulite is more about reducing its appearance (or preventing it to begin with) than actually eradicating it. You can't exactly banish its existence altogether because we all have fat cells in our bodies and the structure of female collagen fibers will never be the strong chain link fence for fat cells that they are in men. This is why even thin women have cellulite.
But it can be made to look better with certain treatments. “Cellulite can be improved temporarily with combination treatments that include vacuum and roller treatments with radiofrequency,” says Centeno. “More permanent reduction or improvement in appearance can be achieved with laser treatments such as CelluSmooth or CelluLaze. None of the treatments completely eliminate the problem but can help,” he says.
Most topical creams and lotions that claim to fight cellulite work only for so long as you’re using them. “Over the counter products and massage may temporarily improve the appearance, but ongoing treatments are necessary to maintain it. If you stop, the appearance will return to baseline” Centeno cautions.
You can also prevent cellulite by maintaining a healthy weight and regular physical activity, though Centeno addresses the undeniable role of genetics. “Maintaining normal weight through diet and exercise are the best ways to reduce your risk of forming cellulite or it worsening, but these practices cannot completely overcome a genetic predisposition. There is a genetic and anatomic predisposition to getting cellulite which can occur even if you diet and exercise religiously,” he says.
Still, building muscle mass and tone can help reduce the look of cellulite because unlike fat, muscle is smooth and firm (compared to lumpy fat) thus making skin look taut.
Cellulite is also less visible on darker skin, so a spray tan or self-tanner will help reduce the look of dimples while you're working on your food and fitness.