Cellulite is no laughing matter and is a problem that shoes no discrimination, tainting the bodies of models, celebrities, and regular women alike no matter their shape or size.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 90% of women have cellulite, a problem that can be concealed, but never really cured no matter how hard you diet or exercise.
There are tons of cellulite treatments out there that claim to be miracle cures- creams, gels, pills, lipo, lasers, mechanical massagers, and so on. With so many options out there, it’s hard to know which are worth the investment and actually live up to the hype and which deliver nothing but false hope.
Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn notes that “although there are certain factors besides age and genes that contribute to cellulite such as alcohol intake and diet, there is no magical cure for cellulite. However, there are a few options which best help to disguise the stubborn problem.”
Dr. Youn has assessed some of the most popular cellulite treatments to see which ones really cut the fat.
Read what he had to say about some of the most popular cellulite treatments after the jump!
1. Topical Creams, Gels and Serums
What they claim: Topical treatments claim to firm up skin and break down fat through the use of ingredients such as retinoids, Vitamin A, caffeine and or even black tea
Does it work? According to Dr. Youn, topical treatments are only effective if used on a consistent basis, and even so only mask or camouflage the problem. There is currently no dream cream cellulite treatment available, but coupled with exercise and a healthy diet these creams (especially options which include self-tanners) can be used for a quick, temporary fix.
2. Body Wraps
What they claim: At home or in-spa treatments, which use a combination of minerals and herbs applied to the skin with the use of compression wraps, stimulate fat cells and remove waste and toxins from pores, ultimately eliminating swelling the dimpled area for a smoother appearance
Does it work? In terms of getting rid of cellulite, Body Wraps and other slimming spa treatments are not effective. “Although a slight reduction in the appearance of cellulite may occur, ultimately body wrap treatments should be utilized as a form of relaxation” states Dr. Youn.
3. Cellulite-Reduction Pills
What they claim: Most contain some formula of grape seed extract, ginkgo biloba fatty acids and/or yellow sweet clover which work together to diminish fatty build-ups and restore skin’s elasticity
Does it work? Dr. Youn says that “orally ingested pills are distributed throughout the entire body and not only to one localized area such as the buttocks or thighs. Additionally, the ingredients used in these pills have resulted in serious side-effects such as headaches, nausea, increased risk of bleeding or even liver disease. Like most weight-loss pills, a pill to cure cellulite is simply too good to be true.”
4. Mechanical Massagers
What they claim: Utilizes rollers and/or gentle suctioning to deep massage a certain area in order to increase circulation, restore collagen function, and expel water buildup resulting in a smoother, more contoured body. Options range from at-home devices such as simple hand tools with roller balls or powerful heat, massage and suction machines found at the doctor’s office
Does it work? According to Dr. Youn, “cellulite cannot be eliminated simply by massaging. This treatment only redistributes fat stores into a different area of the body, but does not permanently eliminate them”
What they claim: Through the use of a painless laser, fatty layers under the skin are melted and collagen production is boosted for a less dimply appearance
Does it work? “Currently this type of treatment is the most effective available to get rid of cellulite because once fat is melted it is broken down by the lymph nodes, however the treatment cost is high (approximately $200 per treatment) and at least eight treatments are needed in order to see results, therefore it is not the best option for everyone,” notes Dr. Youn
What they claim: Invasive procedure that removes excess fat from a particular area of the body
Does it work? “Liposuction is still the best surgical option to get rid of fat. However, Liposuction does not affect the inflexible connective tissue near the top of the skin which ultimately causes cellulite, therefore there is still a chance for the appearance of dimpled skin,” says Dr. Youn
Dr. Anthony Youn is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who focuses on cosmetic surgery, practicing in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Dr. Youn has authored or co-authored several papers and scientific manuscripts on plastic surgery, including such procedures as the Volumetric Facelift and Facial Reshaping. Throughout his career he has conducted scientific research on a variety of topics, extending from cosmetic surgery, to laser treatments, to reconstructive trauma surgery, to HIV medications. Dr. Youn is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Plastic Surgery Products Magazine. He has been featured on E! Television’s Dr. 90210, The Montel Williams Show, America’s Newsroom on the Fox News Channel, the O’Reilly Factor, and the E! Special Celebrity Plastic Surgery. For more information, please visit beverlyhillsbeauty.com
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