Fact vs Fiction: Cellulite

Cellulite may be a very common skin condition, but there’s also a lot of misinformation about it. Learn the true cellulite facts about what it is, what causes it, and how to get rid of it below.

cellulite facts vs fiction

Cellulite Facts vs Fiction

  • Cellulite is fat: Fiction 

It’s not actually fat but rather the dimples and bumps that are seen when fat is divided into tiny pockets in the skin.

  • Cellulite is more common in women: Fact

Unfortunately, this one is true. Women’s skin is designed in a way that allows for dimpling and bumps to occur whereas men’s fat compartments are much small and thus spreading isn’t as common.

  • If you’re thin, you can’t get cellulite: Fiction 

No matter what weight you are, you can still be a victim of cellulite. Whilst body fat and exercise can definitely have an affect on cellulite, this condition can also be hereditary, caused by hormonal imbalance or even inflammation in the skin.

  • Only cardio works on cellulite: Fiction 

Cardio can help keep weight off, which may reduce the appearance of cellulite but to really smooth out the skin, strength training is ideal. Building muscle and toning your body helps to truly treat cellulite.

  • Cellulite worsens with age: Fact 

As you age, your body produces less oestrogen, meaning circulation in the body does not flow as easily. In addition collagen production slows down as well as the breakdown of older connective tissue. All these factors play a part in increasing the chances and appearance of cellulite.

  • There’s nothing you can do to get rid of cellulite: Fiction 

Exercise, exfoliation and stimulating the skin all can make a difference in smoothing out your skin. What’s more ZO’s Cellulite Control Creme is a groundbreaking new treatment that delivers an instant firming effect to visibly improve the texture and appearance of cellulite.

Find out more about this product and how to treat cellulite.

ZO Symposium

Wigmore Medical are holding their fifth annual ZO Symposium at FACE 2017. This is a unique forum for industry leaders, including Dr Zein Obagi, to introduce their latest research, breakthroughs and advances in the science of skin care and health.

The ZO Symposium allows us to highlight all the latest products, techniques and results from the 2017 ZO Skin Health range. We are a brand that is consistently developing to the needs of the modern day patient and with that, a selection of new products have been launched in 2017.

The science and history of ZO Skin Health is always important to remember and who better than to tell us all about the range than Dr Zein Obagi himself.

ZO symposium

What Can you Expect From This Symposium?

  • Leading Speakers
  • Skincare expertise
  • New Product launches
  • Treatment Options
  • Advanced Techniques
  • Live demonstrations
  • Product offers
  • Networking opportunity
ZO Symposium Schedule
09.30 – 11.00 The latest advances in skin science and skin health restoration Dr Zein Obagi
11.30 – 12.30 Rozatrol and the clinical trials Dr Rachael Eckel
12.30 – 13.00 Old Dog New Tricks: How to get the most out of the existing products Dr Rachael Eckel


14.30 – 15.30 ZO Portfolio Expansion: Cellulite Control, Pore Refiner, Sheer Tone and Oclipse-C (Gen 2) Dr Rachel Eckel
15.30 – 16.15 Spotlight on Acne Dr Kannan Athreya
16.15 – 17.00 Tackling Hyper-Pigmentation with a focus on Melasma Dr Anamica Prasad
17.00 – 17.30 Q&A With Panel Dr Rachael Eckel, Dr Kannan Athreya, Dr Anamica Prasad, Dr John Tanqueray

To attend the ZO Symposium please register your interest by emailing and you will then receive instructions on which FACE pass to purchase to gain access to this exclusive event.

How to treat cellulite

Cellulite occurs when fatty deposits push through the connective tissue, resulting in a lumpy, bumpy texture rather than smooth skin.


What Causes Cellulite? 

Contrary to popular opinion, women of all shapes and sizes can get this condition. Women are genetically predisposed to cellulite due to the weaker connective tissue in their thigh, hip and bum area. In addition, oestrogen stimulates fat tissue, stopping the breakdown of fat cells and reducing circulation which results in water retention in problem areas. Furthermore, it commonly occurs post-puberty for women, although it can appear worse after pregnancy as well. Nonetheless, it tends to become more prominent as you age simply because visibility is down to the thinning of the skin. It is a normal part of every woman’s anatomical and physiological development. 

Although we have also listed a few other elements which can cause cellulite: 

  • Poor diet
  • Fad dieting
  • Slow metabolism
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Hormone changes
  • Dehydration
  • Total body fat
  • Thickness of skin

Top Tips for Treating Cellulite


Increase Circulation

Dry body brushing for two minutes every morning is a great way to help reduce that dimpled and lumpy appearance. But if you don’t have the time for this, using exfoliating gloves in the shower can help boost circulation. Make sure to remember to massage upwards towards your heart to improve circulation.

CreamsHow to treat cellulite

ZO Skin Health’s Oraser® Cellulite Control Body Smoothing Creme has an instant firming effect to visibly improve the texture and appearance of cellulite.  Ideal for use on the hips, thighs, buttocks, stomach and any other problem areas. This creme smooths skin, provides a slimming effect, a toning effect and helps to diminish that ‘orange peel’ appearance. Working around the clock to prevent new cellulite, it helps to improve microcirculation and reduce skin contour as well as restoring hydration and encouraging collagen production to firm skin and support a healthy skin barrier function.

The best way to understand how this incredible cellulite cream can do what it does is by looking at how the ingredients work to treat the skin.

Key Ingredients:

  • Plankton extract: Increases cellular and tissue metabolism to improve muscle tone. Also, provides a slimming and toning effect.
  • Saccharide isomerate: Minimises new ‘nightly’ fat deposits from accumulating by interrupting the bodies natural circadian rhythms. It also stimulates new collagen for added firming benefits.
  • Methylsilanol carboxymethyl theophylline alginate: Improves microcirculation and skin contour by inhibiting fat storing enzyme (Lipoprotein Lipase – LPL).
  • Phosphatidylcholine: Up-regulates fat destroying lipase enzymes. This is commonly used in Mesotherapy procedures.
  • Caffeine, coenzyme A and carnitine: Enhance the metabolism to accelerate the breakdown of fat tissue.
  • Chondrus crispus (carrageenan) extract: Provides instant firming and tightening to visibly improve skin texture and the appearance of cellulite.
  • Glycerin and betaine: Keeps skin hydrated and restores a healthy skin barrier.


Interval training is recommended as the best way to help break down fat, boost circulation and consequently give you a smoother more toned appearance.


A form of deep-tissue massage is one of the most effective non-surgical treatments. It can help to boost circulation and thus diminish the appearance of cellulite.