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How to manage cellulite after menopause

Updated April 17, 2017

Hormonal fluctuations after menopause can cause a variety of physiological changes, including an increase in the appearance of cellulite. Your body begins to produce less oestrogen, which results in a loss of skin elasticity and tone, thinning of the skin, and deterioration of the skin's connective tissue. Cellulite becomes more visible after menopause, and tends to be most concentrated around a woman's hips, thighs, and buttocks. There are steps you can take to manage the appearance of cellulite after menopause.

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  1. Drink plenty of water. Cellulite will be more visible on skin that is dehydrated. Water will help flush out toxins and waste products, thus improving skin tone. Drink at least eight cups of water a day to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

  2. Ask your doctor about hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Production of oestrogen and progesterone is decreased after menopause. Hormone replacement therapy replaces these depleted hormones in the body. Oestrogen and progesterone improve collagen production and reduce thinning of the skin, resulting in less visible cellulite.

  3. Consider lifting weights. Women tend to gain weight during menopause, which then can increase cellulite production. Weight training will improve muscle tone and reduce body fat, resulting in healthier looking skin and less visible cellulite.

  4. Change your diet. Avoid processed foods, eat five or six smaller meals throughout the day, and consume more fruits, vegetables, fibre, and lean protein. By following a healthy diet, you may be able to reduce cellulite after menopause.

  5. Get regular massages. Massage can temporarily reduce the dimpling appearance of cellulite that occurs in women during menopause. Massage increases blood circulation, aids in the breakdown of fat, and encourages regeneration of new collagen and elastin.

  6. Tip

    Hormone replacement therapy treatment can be taken either internally or as a topical cream that is applied directly to the skin. Ask your doctor which option would be the most appropriate for you. Add essential oils to your massage oil. Recommended oils include juniper, grapefruit, cypress, lemon, and lavender.


    Hormone replacement therapy has certain risks, including heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, and blood clots. Discuss this treatment option with your physician to ensure its safety.

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About the Author

Tanya Martinenko

Tanya Martinenko began her freelance writing career in 1996, with her first published article appearing in the "Winnipeg Free Press." Her work has appeared in various online Web sites, newsletters and other print publications. Tanya has earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Winnipeg.

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