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How Do I Get Rid of Cellulite on the Legs?

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  • Written By: Amanda R. Bell
  • Edited By: E. E. Hubbard
  • Last Modified Date: 24 November 2019
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Much to the dismay of many, there is no way to get rid of cellulite on the legs. There are, however, some things that can be done to reduce the appearance of dimpled skin in this area. Regularly exercising can help to tone the legs, reducing the appearance of cellulite. Medical options such as laser treatments and liposuction are also popular. Certain topical treatments, both prescription and over-the-counter, can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite on the legs.

People of any size can develop cellulite, which is caused by the uneven distribution of fat beneath the skin. While losing weight overall can be beneficial for both getting rid of cellulite on the legs and improving your overall health, toning your legs with regular exercise is often the most beneficial. Building muscle can help to smooth out the fat and skin in the legs, making dimpling less noticeable. Regular cardio and strength training for the quadriceps and gluteus maximus can also help to improve the look of cellulite in many people.

Laser treatments have been found to help significantly reduce the appearance of dimpling. These treatments massage the tissue underneath the skin, helping to smooth it out fat deposits in the legs. Depending on the size of the area treated, this can take anywhere from one to two hours, and several sessions are usually needed for full results. After the last session, the effects of these treatments can last for up to six months.

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Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries among both men and women. Despite this, when done alone, the surgery can actually make cellulite on the legs worse. When liposuction is combined with laser therapy performed both during and after the surgery, the two procedures together can reduce the appearance of dimpling while reshaping and smoothing the area. While this can be a costly procedure, results typically last longer than other medical treatment options for cellulite on the legs.

Prescription and high-end over-the-counter topical treatments have been found to visibly reduce cellulite, although not as drastically as other treatments. For those at a healthy weight who are physically fit, this is typically a better option than liposuction. Creams containing 0.3% retinol, when applied twice daily, can eventually smooth out the skin.

Several creams and lotions are also available over-the-counter to temporarily improve the look of cellulite on the legs. These products typically contain a mix of vitamins, antioxidants, and caffeine that are meant to tighten the skin and tissue underneath, reducing dimpling. While these lotions are not marketed for completely getting rid of cellulite on the legs, they can provide noticeable results for some when used continuously.

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