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Fact or Fiction: Cellulite
by Staff
Cellulite -- and the dreaded cottage-cheese thighs it causes -- is a fact of life for women everywhere. What is cellulite, anyway? And, most importantly, how do you get rid of it?

Most women have cellulite.

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  • almost fact: Only overweight or out-of-shape women have cellulite.

Even thin women have cellulite, but weight gain can make it more noticeable.

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  • almost fact: It's actually sudden weight loss that makes cellulite more visible.

Cellulite happens when skin loses elasticity.

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  • almost fact: Cellulite happens when muscles lose elasticity.

Men don't get cellulite because their muscle fibers are more evenly distributed than women's are.

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  • almost fact: Men don't get cellulite because their fat has a different chemical makeup.

Researchers in China are investigating the use of Viagra in cellulite removal.

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  • almost fact: The researchers are in Croatia.

Sonic waves are one option for cellulite treatment.

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  • almost fact: Radio waves are the way to go.

One Thermage treatment costs about $200.

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  • almost fact: A Thermage session costs $500.

A cellulite treatment called SmoothShapes liquefies fat with laser light.

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  • almost fact: The laser light burns off the fat.

Most dermatologists say not to waste your money on expensive cellulite creams -- the generic versions work just as well.

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  • almost fact: The experts will tell you not to waste your money on any cellulite cream -- expensive or not.

A treatment called cryolipolysis could possibly get rid of cellulite by freezing it.

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  • almost fact: Cryolipolysis genetically modifies fat.