Is Cellulite Permanent?

geneticsCellulite is a massive problem for lots of women. Naturally when you first start to get it you’ll want to remove it ASAP. But is it permanent? The short answer is yes. It is. But don’t stop reading there! You see it’s not as simple as that. Cellulite can go through many stages which impact how it looks. So the cellulite will still be there, but how it appears visually may change substantially.

What Can Impact the Visual Appearance?

Just because you have cellulite doesn’t mean it’s always going to be showing. As you probably know cellulite is caused by fat under the skin protruding outwards. But if the fat is smoother, or your skin is thicker, then the visual appearance won’t be as bad. But technically you will still have cellulite. Factors such as the following can dictate how visible your cellulite is:

  • Being dehydrated (e.g from coffee consumption).
  • Menstrual cycle.
  • A very high carbohydrate diet.
  • The amount of collagen currently in your skin.

So even if your cellulite looks really bad one day, it may not look the same several weeks or months later because of natural changes our body goes through. So even though it is permanent, you can still make it look practically invisible.


For example men have thicker skin than women, so it’s possible that some men do have cellulite under their skin, it’s just that it can’t be seen because of the thickness. Although this gets into more of a philosophical area of whether cellulite is only cellulite when you can see it on the surface of the skin, rather than what exactly is happening under the skin.

Why Is It Permanent?

The majority of treatments focus on the top level of the skin – the epidermis. But this isn’t where the root cause of cellulite lies. Cellulite is formed under the skin when the connective tissue and fat cause the distinctive bumps on your skin. Treatments can’t do anything to stop this so they’re only ever going to be treating the symptoms, rather than the cause. Creams and massages may help a bit in the short-term by stimulating collagen production and promoting tightening, but this can’t last forever.

Read more about how cellulite forms here.

Is There Nothing I can Do?

There are several treatments you can try which may make your cellulite less visually obvious. We look at some of the potential treatments you can try here.

There however is a new treatment which may be able to give longer term results. It’s not approved to be called permanent cellulite removal by the FDA, but results look promising. The treatment involves laser surgery. We look at it in more detail on this page.

Apart from those treatments there’s not much else you can do because of the reasons stated above. You could always try a spray tan to help disguise the cellulite.

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