Extreme Beauty: How to Get Rid of Cellulite

{Wearing: Bikini top: Ark Swimwear. Bikini bottom: Forever 21. Bag: European Wax Center. Photographed by Milly Jane Harris}

{Danielle at Smith & Popov doing what she does. And me letting her.}

I have cellulite. There, I said it.

I’ve had it. I don’t know where it came from. I mean, I never asked it to hang out. But it did. And for years now, when I talk about it, people react the same way each time: “You’re too skinny to have cellulite.”

Well, guess what? I’m not. In fact 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men have cellulite. And it affects everyone from the skinny chick to the full-figured girl. It starts to appear around ages 25-35. No amount of squats and leg lifts can send it back to where it came from. Once it shows up, it’s here to stay.

Or so we thought.

In the wake of my 40th birthday I simply refused to have cellulite. And as a result I was willing to subject myself to pretty much anything to get rid of it. There was no way, after working out a million times a week, I would allow cheese on the back of my legs. Mind you, I have more on one leg than the other. Um, thanks, whomever planned that out. Super cute. But I was determined to get rid of it no matter what.

I started with creams. Didn’t work. I did special massages, which helped, but didn’t cure the problem. I wrapped myself up like a damn baked potato, which did absolutely nothing, but my skin felt very soft. I’ve frozen it. I’ve yelled at it. I’ve worked out the area it hangs out in. And guess what? Like an annoying ex you go out on a limb to avoid, it just won’t go away.

Desperate times led me to ask doctors how to get rid of it. Their response: surgical removal. Greeeeaaaaat.

Then, one day, I was scrolling through Instagram stories when I saw Danielle from Smith & Popov injecting something in Jen’s backside. Which led to a rapid-fire wave of inquiries on my end.

Low and behold there is something you can do to get rid of this woman-plaguing curse. Something called Sculptra. It’s an injectable that aids skin’s natural collagen production. It’s a gradual treatment that works over time and can last for years.

Sign me up.

I did my first session right after New Years. Here’s what I learned:

  • It’s a 4 to 6 on the pain scale. Well, for me anyway. Honestly, it’s not that bad.
  • It’s injected into the back of your legs, arms, wherever you need it via a needle. My area of cheese happens to be on the back of my legs leading into my thighs. The area is numbed first, which stings a bit when the needle goes in. But hey, we’re eradicating cellulite. Does it really hurt that bad? No.
  • It takes about an hour.
  • Yes, you will bruise. And those bruises will last for around a week. But if you take arnica and apply it to the area as well, it will go away faster.
  • Yes, you will be sore. But only for a day or two. It’s best to skip your workout for a day or two after.
  • You’re going to need to massage the area it was applied to five times a day for five minutes for five days. Sure, that’s annoying, but hey, no more cottage cheese.
  • Results will start to show up anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks out.
  • You’ll probably need a second appointment in about 6 to 8 weeks. I did. For whatever reason, I have more on one leg than the other, so I went back in for a second round in that stubborn area.
  • It last for years.

So how well does it work? Check out the pics below. They have not been retouched in any way. And I am beyond thrilled with the results. I can’t wait to post the next round in a few months so you can see my cheese-free legs.

{Before Sculptura at Smith & Popov}

{Eight weeks after Sculptura at Smith & Popov}

{Look at the transformation}

No one wants cellulite. Now that there is a way to erase it, the 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men plagued with it can finally fight back. And it costs way less than what you’d thing. I can’t wait to roam the beaches this summer without wondering if puckered skin is flapping around behind me. If you want to free yourself from cheese, reach out to Danielle at Smith & Popov. I promise you’ll be amazed at the results. Add in a little exercise and a good diet and you’re an unstoppable force in a pair of short shorts.

You can reach Smith & Popov at 305-393-2311 or online here.