Skin creams, medicines, laser treatments, massage, and surgery all are attempts at decreasing cellulite. Despite the hopes and desires of millions, none of these techniques really work. Many treatments, even massage, can temporarily improve cellulite. When the tethering connections are cut, the cellulite improves. Unfortunately, the body doesn't understand that the connections were cut to improve the cosmetic appearance. It acts as though an injury has occurred. In trying to heal the connections, it re-creates them. The real proof that any cellulite treatment works would be an independent evaluation at least six months after the last treatment. But no treatment can claim results after this length of time.
Although Retinol, the vitamin A drug, can increase elasticity in skin, it does not change the appearance of cellulite. Nothing works -- short of cutting out the skin, stretching it, and resuspending it.
No cream has ever been shown to reduce cellulite. The most common "active ingredient" is caffeine. While they are not effective, at least the creams are safe. One of the few documented studies showed that aminophylline did absolutely nothing for cellulite.
When analyzing before and after photographs of cellulite treatments, it is important to note that lighting alone can remove cellulite! And the key question is how long a particular treatment lasts. Vigorous massage camouflages cellulite for hours by causing temporary swelling.
The bottom line is that there really is no cure for cellulite. And at this point, there is nothing promising. No machine has been shown to decrease cellulite long term. The short-term results have not passed the muster of the scientific community. No valid studies compare a treated thigh with an untreated thigh. If machines really worked, these types of studies would be available.
Skin creams, medicines, laser treatments, massage, and surgery all
are attempts at decreasing cellulite. Despite the hopes and desires
of millions, none of these techniques really work. Many treatments,
even massage, can temporarily improve... More