Will anything help defeat cellulite?

August 29, 2011

Will anything help defeat cellulite?
Will anything help defeat cellulite?

While cellulite certainly isn't a serious or dangerous skin condition, those who have it may be self-conscious about the appearance of dimpled, puckered skin on areas such as the buttocks, thighs and hips. It is caused by an unevenness of the fatty tissue beneath the skin surface, according to the Mayo Clinic.

It is more common in women than in men, with as many as eight out of 10 women having at least some degree of it.

Although some people think that cellulite is a problem that predominantly affects obese people, experts say anyone can get it. Other factors that contribute to the presence of the skin condition include aging, stress, an inactive lifestyle and hormonal changes.

While there are several methods that are marketed to treat and reduce cellulite, experts say few provide consistent results.

"There are so many creams and potions and none of them I know work," a Michigan-based plastic surgeon recently told the Jackson Citizen Patriot newspaper.

Other treatments that experts say don't always guarantee positive results include various herbal and dietary supplements, massage, endermologie and mesotherapy.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), treatments including liposuction, fat injections and lower body lifts can be much more successful in reducing the appearance of cellulite.

One of the more promising ways to get rid of cellulite involves various laser treatments.

One of the new technologies manipulates the superficial fat tissue layer that causes cellulite, resulting in a smoother, less dimpled appearance.

Another laser system works by combining a low-level laser light with suction massage to rid the skin’s underlying tissue of excess fat cells. The treatment also stimulates the growth of new collagen to keep your skin’s surface looking softer and smoother.

While many of these treatments target cellulite and some plastic surgeons are seeing some results, they require multiple treatments for at least over a month and can cost thousands of dollars.

Those looking for the best way to treat cellulite should consult an American Board of Plastic Surgery certified plastic surgeon to determine which treatment is best for them. 


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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