Wise-woman’s guide to cellulite treatments

June 28, 2011

Ninety percent of women have cellulite and the other 10 percent think they have it.
Ninety percent of women have cellulite and the other 10 percent think they have it.

Cellulite may be viewed as fat storage that allows women to carry pregnancies and breast feed; 90 percent of women have cellulite and the other 10 percent think they have it. Even though cellulite is omnipresent and a fertility aid, that doesn’t stop it from being the bane of many a woman’s existence. The question is – to what length will you go to remove it? The June 2011 issue of Allure evaluates the latest anti-cellulite treatments.

A compression garment called Skineez Skincarewear, impregnated with caffeine, retinol, vitamin E and shea butter is advertised to yield smoother skin and smaller thigh circumference after you wear it eight hours a day, five days a week, for more than a month. But experts say that you could get similar temporary results from the compression effects of Spanx or from wearing an Ace bandage for a few hours. The advantages of caffeine and vitamin-A derivatives are unproven.

Acoustic Wave Therapy, also known as Cellupulse, looks promising. It is a sound pulse designed to break up fat cells that is in the initial evaluation stage. Madonna is rumored to have dropped about $75,000 for her own personal acoustic wave therapy machine.

Honeybelle Body Buffer, which looks like a Home Depot sanding machine, gets pressed firmly against thighs or hips and its oscillation performs a lymphatic massage meant to improve blood flow and flush away fluids that make fatty dimpling pronounced. Experts say that the massage might camouflage cellulite, but it doesn’t eradicate it. Honeybelle has been compared to Endermologie, a treatment in which rollers knead the skin. Results of Endermologie have been described as “marginal.”

Triactive and Smoothshapes Lasers, purported to heat and reshape fat cells and remodel septae by boosting collagen production, requires one to three session a week for several weeks followed by maintenance visits. Results of Triactive have been variable, but a study of SmoothShapes, a newer process, showed a 76 percent improvement in cellulite six months following treatment in 17 women.

According to a prominent plastic surgeon, noninvasive treatments may not always solve your problems. If you’re willing to undergo minor incisions, you can get results from liposuction with Exilis or subcision (snipping taut bands of septae). Be on the lookout for Cellulaze, which is now available in Europe. Cellulaze breaks up the septae with a laser under the skin and is described as a one-step permanent solution. Contact a board-certified plastic surgeon from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for all your options. 


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

Search by location (Zip, City, or Country)

Related Articles

Plastic lips to get rid of wrinkles?

September 25, 2013 - Remember those wax lips you used to chew on when you were a kid? Well, they seem to have inspired the latest fad in the anti-aging realm.

Illegal buttock injections are more common than you think

September 19, 2013 - How many times have you read a story about illegal plastic surgery in the news?

Yet another anti-wrinkle cream faces lawsuit

September 17, 2013 - It seems to be almost cyclical - every few months, a brand new, game-changing anti-wrinkle cream is introduced to the market, only to face lawsuits due to suggestions that the "scientific" claims made on the side of the bottle are absolute bunk.

Study: If you've got wrinkles, thank Mom

September 12, 2013 - Have you ever wondered why some people get wrinkles at a young age and others don't?

Latest Articles

Plastic lips to get rid of wrinkles?

September 25, 2013 - Remember those wax lips you used to chew on when you were a kid? Well, they seem to have inspired the latest fad in the anti-aging realm.

Illegal buttock injections are more common than you think

September 19, 2013 - How many times have you read a story about illegal plastic surgery in the news?

Yet another anti-wrinkle cream faces lawsuit

September 17, 2013 - It seems to be almost cyclical - every few months, a brand new, game-changing anti-wrinkle cream is introduced to the market, only to face lawsuits due to suggestions that the "scientific" claims made on the side of the bottle are absolute bunk.

Study: If you've got wrinkles, thank Mom

September 12, 2013 - Have you ever wondered why some people get wrinkles at a young age and others don't?

About ASAPS
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

WE ARE AESTHETICS.

Website: www.surgery.org
Follow ASAPS on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ASAPS
Become a fan of ASAPS on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AestheticSociety
Join Smart Beauty Guide: www.smartbeautyguide.com
Locate a plastic surgeon in your area:  http://www.surgery.org/consumers/find-a-plastic-surgeon

Copyright © 2009-2012 ASAPS. All Rights Reserved.