Lifewatch: Cellulite

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(WECT) - Almost every woman has cellulite and it's not a health hazard by any means, but that doesn't mean there aren't ways to minimize it or stop it from spreading.

Beverly Hunt is always active and stays in shape, but she has cellulite.

"It's in the thighs and rear and I'm sure it's in other places," said Hunt.

Cellulite forms when skin loses its elasticity and large fat cells form and create bulges and dimples.

As many as 90% of women have cellulite, and according to dermatologist Dr. Howard Brooks, any woman can develop cellulite.

"It doesn't matter if that woman is Black, White, Asian, it doesn't matter if that woman eats right, does everything right, cellulite can still develop," said Brooks.

Brooks said there are a few things you can do to curb the dimples: quit smoking, lighting up damages connective tissues that cause wrinkling; watch your weight and exercise the legs and buttocks.

"That can firm up the skin and you can decrease the appearance of cellulite," said Brooks.  "It's still there, but it decreases the appearance."

Because cellulite formation is mostly genetic, Brooks confesses there isn't much you can do to get rid of it.

Although there are some cosmetic procedures, like lasers, injections, and deep massage therapy that attack those nasty dimples - they're expensive and temporary.

For now, Hunt has decided to try laser and deep massage therapy to get rid of her secret.

Weight gain can make cellulite more noticeable, but cellulite may still be present in lean individuals.  It tends to run in families, so genetics may play the biggest role in whether you develop cellulite.