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6 Effective Cellulite Treatments for Women

Updated on August 3, 2013

Cellulite is a problem for many women. Here are six effective cellulite treatments for women, according to online customer reviews.

Cellulite on a woman's skin.
Cellulite on a woman's skin. | Source

A Common Problem

Cellulite is not a pretty word. While it may sound like a medical condition, it really just describes the lumpy fat that causes dimpled skin.

Cellulite affects about 80 percent of all women. It can affect men as well, but it is much less common in men.

Cellulite usually appears on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and arms. The fatty deposits can develop in thin or overweight bodies. Body weight actually has little to do with it.

The fat that produces cellulite is not the same as the fat that causes weight gain. The fat that changes your clothing size is located close to the bones, and the body burns it for energy.

Cellulite fat cells are located within your skin, and conventional weight loss remedies (diet and exercise) cannot reduce it.

What Causes Cellulite?

Cellulite is not caused by the fatty deposits in your skin, but by the connective tissue between your skin and muscles. Fat cells push against your skin as they accumulate and expand. At the same time, fibrous cords of connective tissue pull on the skin. This causes the skin to look uneven, lumpy, or dimpled.

Cellulite is mainly a female problem. It is unclear why it affects women more than men, but anatomy and hormones seem to play key roles. While cellulite is not harmful, it is unattractive. If you are self-conscious about your appearance, you will try almost anything to get rid of cellulite.

Most treatments reduce the appearance of cellulite rather than remove the fatty lumps. Some treatments promise remarkable results. Here are six effective cellulite treatments for women, according to online customer reviews.

1. Cellulite Creams and Lotions

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Cellulite creams and lotions are inexpensive solutions for your cellulite problem. They are formulated to stimulate circulation, melt fat, move fluids, and remove toxins.

Skin lubricants soothe, soften, and hydrate your skin but they cannot remove cellulite.

Specially formulated products, such creams made with retinol (Vitamin A) and methylxanthine (caffeine), may reduce the appearance of cellulite over time. According to some claims, many of these products can produce visible improvement after eight weeks of use.

Several companies make cellulite creams and lotions, and some products are better than others. Based on customer reviews, Finulite is a top choice for cellulite reduction.

2. Healthy Eating and Weight Loss

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Murad Cellulite Solution

Since cellulite is a skin problem and not a fat problem, dieting alone cannot eliminate it. Nevertheless, weight loss is still a smart approach to cellulite. Shedding fat and toning your muscles through healthy eating and regular exercise can produce firm, smoother-looking skin.

Foods that contain amino acids, antioxidants, fatty acids, lecithin, and other skin-healthy nutrients offer many benefits. They increase circulation, reduce fluids, and lessen cellular inflammation. This keeps cellulite from moving to the skin's surface.

Dr. Howard Murad, a board-certified dermatologist, outlines a healthy skin diet in The Cellulite Solution. He recommends foods that improve circulation and encourage collagen production.

Eggs, soy, and peanut butter are healthy choices for lecithin. Olive oil, flax seeds, and raw nuts contain essential fatty acids. Berries, pomegranates, and citrus fruits are good sources of antioxidants and amino acids.

Murad recommends high potency dietary supplements, an herbal skin serum, and exfoliation treatments. Combined with a skin-healthy diet, this regimen is a safe and healthy treatment for cellulite reduction.

3. Endermologie | High Tech Massage Therapy

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Body and Cellulite Massager

Approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), endermologie is a proven treatment for temporary cellulite reduction.

This mechanical massage process uses cylindrical rollers and gentle suction massage to affect the connective tissue beneath the skin.

Endermologie stimulates the flow of blood and lymphatic fluids and triggers fat removal from the cells. The treatment is safe but expensive, and several treatments are required for lasting results.

Personal massagers, body scrubs, and cellulite lotions offer temporary relief for cellulite problems, and they cost much less than endermologie treatments and professional massage. You can purchase them from department stores and online retailers.

Skin QR Organics, popular among online shoppers, incorporates natural ingredients in their cellulite treatment products.

4. Medical and Non-Medical Lasers and Light Devices

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Lasers and light devices are promising cellulite treatments. Two popular systems, TriActive and Velasmooth, treat cellulite at the cellular level.

TriActive uses three mechanisms to reduce cellulite and smooth the skin: a cooling system, low energy lasers, and suction massage. Velasmooth combines radio frequencies and infrared light with mechanical and suction massage. Both are FDA-approved products.

TriActive is a non-medical device used by doctors, estheticians, spa therapists, and other skin care professionals. Because of its high energy levels, Velasmooth is classified as a medical device for physician use only.

According to some studies, light therapy is effective for more than 80 percent of patients. However, it is the most expensive type of cellulite treatment. A series of procedures can cost $2,000 or more, and the effects last about six months.

5. Surgical Lipolysis | Laser Liposuction

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Little Book of Liposuction

Some people turn to surgical lipolysis for cellulite, but liposuction is not the best solution. In fact, it may make cellulite worse. While the cosmetic procedure removes fat cells, it does not address the specific areas affected by cellulite.

Laser liposuction, or SmartLipo, is a less invasive procedure. It uses laser technology to reduce small, localized fat deposits under the skin. Laser energy changes the fat into an oily substance that is absorbed into the lymphatic system.

Surgical and laser liposuction are expensive procedures. SmartLipo can cost as much as $5,000, and there are potential risks and complications. When it comes to cellulite reduction, other treatments are usually better options.

6. Mesotherapy | Homeopathic Treatments

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Cellulite: A Novel Idea

Stockings and Cellulite. by Debbie Viggiano
Stockings and Cellulite. by Debbie Viggiano

Novel by Debbie Viggiano / Format: Paperback Edition


Mesotherapy rounds out the list of six effective cellulite treatments. This homeopathic therapy blends vitamins, herbs, and off-label drugs that the FDA has approved for other purposes.

Formulated to dissolve fat cells and septa bands in the skin, this "medical cocktail" varies among mesotherapists. Several injections over the course of many sessions are needed for long-term results.

The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) cautions physicians not to experiment with mesotherapy until they know more about the treatment. They question the ability of mesotherapy to dissolve cellulite, and they are unsure of the treatment's impact on the liver and other organs.

Reference Sources / Further Reading

Medical Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is not intended as medical advice, nor is it a substitute for treatment or diagnosis by a qualified health care professional.

Seen on beaches around the world, cellulite usually develops on your thighs and buttocks.
Seen on beaches around the world, cellulite usually develops on your thighs and buttocks. | Source

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