Cellulite doesn’t discriminate. Tall or petite, curvy or thin, almost all women have lumpy, dimpled skin on their thighs and backsides. But, while you can’t eliminate it completely, there are ways to minimize its appearance.

Dream machines

Lipomassage by Endermologie (endermologie.com)
How does it work? Massage helps flush fat cells out of your body. How long does it take? Twenty twiceweekly 45-minute sessions, followed by a monthly treatment. Plus/minus It’s painless for most, but the appearance of cellulite can actually worsen before it starts to work. Cost Approximately $100 a session.

Ultrashape (ultrashape.com)
How does it work? Ultrasound helps destroy fat cells. How long does it take? Three 45- to 60-minute monthly sessions. Plus/minus Rapid, painless and permanent, but not recommended for those with a lot of weight to lose. Cost $400 to $1,000.

Thermage (thermage.com)
How does it work? Radio frequencies tighten skin by heating it. How long does it take? One or two sessions. Plus/minus Lasts up to six months, but it’s expensive and can be painful. Side effects include redness, swelling, depigmentation, hyperpigmentation and scarring. Cost Approximately $1,500.

Smooth operators

According to Dr. Marc Dupéré, a Toronto-based plastic surgeon, “No surgical procedure can completely eliminate all cellulite.” There are, however, some that can help.

An operation that makes incisions in the connective tissue. Cellulite dimples become more compressed and take on a smoother appearance. In certain cases, an injection of hyaluronic acid is used to make the surface of the skin appear uniform.

Gluteal Implants
When combined with gluteoplasty (butt-lifting surgery), implants can reduce the appearance of unevenness while tightening the skin of your derrière.

Cell division

Anti-cellulite creams contain caffeine and other methyxanthines, like aminophylline and theophyilline, that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite by eliminating excess water in the skin. Retinoid-based creams can also help by increasing the skin’s thickness. However, these agents can only be effective if they penetrate the skin. Applying creams in a circular massaging motion can also temporarily reduce the dimpled appearance of the skin by flushing away excess fluid.

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Eat well

Catherine Lefebvre, a nutritionist for ATP Nutrition in Montreal, recommends modifying your diet to help minimize cellulite.

Pass on the salt. It causes your body to retain water, which can exaggerate the appearance of puckered skin.
Drink eight glasses of water a day. Staying hydrated will prevent cellulitecausing toxins from building up in your body. (See “Liquid assets”)
Eat a balanced diet. Fill half your plate with veggies and the rest with equal portions of whole grains and low-fat protein.
Avoid refined sugars and saturated fats.

Hold the line

Stretch marks, which most of us will have to deal with at some point in our lives, don’t have to put a damper on your summer style. If you’re looking to raise your hemline this season, these creams will have you rockin’ micro-minis in no time!

This prescription cream with vitamin A increases the rate of cell growth in the skin. As new cells grow, new layers of skin, which don’t show the signs of stretch marks, are created.

Avon Solutions
Stretch Mark 24 Line Reducing Treatment This lightweight cream contains light reflectors that can reduce the appearance of stretch marks and make your skin seem smooth and flawless.

Decléor Aroma Sculpt
This gel cream tightens skin and reduces the appearance of stretch marks.

Revitol Stretch Mark Cream
An all-natural combination of squalene and vitamins A, E and D3, plus aloe vera, prevents new stretch marks and reduces the appearance of existing ones.

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