Do cellulite treatments work

Do cellulite treatments work?

If you're a woman, you probably have cellulite somewhere on your body. Although it's considered an unsightly affliction, cellulite isn't a medical condition. It occurs in about 90 percent of women. [source: Harmon] Here's how cellulite works: At puberty and sometimes in middle age, hormone changes cause women to start storing more fat in their lower bodies. As fat begins to accumulate in key areas, it puts stress on adjacent connective tissues that tug on the skin like rubber bands, causing dimpling. If there's a lot of fat accumulation involved, or the skin is thin, the dimpling is somewhat more noticeable. Cellulite is an inherited trait, so if your mother or an aunt has it, you're likely to have problems with it too. For the most part, cellulite isn't a symptom of overindulgence. You aren't being punished for a brownie eating marathon back when you were still in braces. It isn't necessarily weight related, either. Thin women have cellulite. Dimpling is common on the thighs of cellulite sufferers, but it can also occur on the buttocks, lower abdomen, hips and arms. It can be exacerbated by factors like fluid retention, poor circulation and lack of exercise, and may become more noticeable after menopause. From minor dimpling only when the skin is pinched to obvious dimpling even when lying down, the more pronounced the skin distortions from cellulite are, the harder they are to eliminate. Even a minor distribution of cellulite can be difficult to treat successfully, though. Sometimes the cottage cheese texture will diminish somewhat using one therapy or another only to come back a few months after treatment is discontinued. Some potential therapies are still being evaluated for safety and effectiveness, while others haven't been seriously evaluated at all. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently fine tuning its guidelines for cosmeceuticals, products marketed as cosmetic-pharmaceuticals. Some cellulite preparations and treatments fall into this category. That's one reason the effectiveness claims for cellulite preparations and technologies, especially those offering spectacular results, should be approached with caution and some healthy skepticism. [source: Edney]

On the next page, let's take a look at the most popular cellulite treatments on the market. Some aren't worth your money, while others may promise - or at least hint at -- the bump battling results you're looking for.

Cellulite Treatments: Do They Work?

After about 30 years of age our dermis, which is held together by connective tissue, starts to get looser and lose its thickness. This is because our collagen and elastic fibres begin to age. This can also coincide with a time in our lives where we may not be maintaining a healthy eating and exercise regime because of children and busy careers which can further exacerbate it.

Unfortunately it is very difficult to find any honest, unbiased and trustworthy advice because the professionals in the industry including doctors, beauticians and scientists have a vested interest in developing and promoting treatments that can make them a lot of money. There are a huge range of treatments available, but most are expensive and typically require numerous treatments to ‘work’. Furthermore, unless the treatments are regularly carried out, at great cost to the consumer, then any improvement is lost. Below are the common and popular treatments currently in use:


Massage can temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite by removing some of the fluid from the area. If you try this treatment, then ensure that the massage is gentle and does not cause pain, otherwise it could cause more damage than good. Be aware that if you do experience any improvement, it will be temporary and you will need to continue the treatments to maintain it.

Mechanical Massage and Suction

Mechanical massage and suction is typically carried out using a handheld device that sucks the skin between rollers which squeeze it. It is usually referred to as Endermology or Endermologie and is supposed to improve cellulite by increasing blood and lymphatic flow and stretching out the fibrous tissue. In reality, independent research has shown that it just causes minor swelling and movement of fluid which temporarily disguises the cellulite. Some patients also experience bruising. When the treatments cease, the swelling subsides and the fluid and cellulite return. As it requires many sessions (about 10), you will end up significantly out of pocket and most likely disappointed.

Radiofrequency (RF) Devices

Radiofrequency (RF) devices, e.g. Thermage, are non-invasive (no needles or surgery) and designed to project radio waves into the layers of skin. These devices are combined with a laser to produce heat alongside the radio waves to help it penetrate deeper. It’s supposed to stimulate collagen to help smooth, tighten and contour the treated areas, but there is no evidence that it can improve cellulite.


Ultrasound is a non surgical treatment that is supposed to lift and tighten the skin. However, there is no scientific research to support it being an effective treatment for cellulite.


Subcision is a surgical treatment where a needle is used to severe through the fibrous tissue to free the fat. There is no evidence that this treatment is effective.

Cellulaze is an FDA approved treatment that uses laser. While under local anaesthesia, a small fibre optic laser is inserted under the skin via a small incision. The laser is used to melt the fat cells and cut through the fibrous bands to release the fat pockets. Patients report it as being a painful procedure and afterwards you will need to wear compression garments to assist with the healing. Some patients see an improvement in the appearance of their cellulite, but many report no change or even feel that it has made it worse. Patients may also experience side effects such as prolonged pain and sensitivity to the treatment area. There is still no sound medical research supporting this as a safe and effective treatment for cellulite.


Injectables, commonly called fat-melting injections, lipolysis or mesotherapy. This treatment involves injecting a cocktail of untested chemicals multiple times into the fat to dissolve it. Due to the reported side effects involving tissue death and infection, they have been banned in some countries. The drug commonly used in this treatment is phosphatidylcholine, an extract of lecithin from soybeans. This drug can destroy fat cells in animal studies but has not been proven as a safe or effective cellulite treatment. Furthermore, it is known to cause serious side effects such as ulcers and bleeding.


Liposuction may reduce the fat in the area being treated, but it can also make cellulite appear worse by forming dents. To counteract this, some physicians inject fat (usually your own) back into these dented areas. However, this has been known to cause lumpiness.


Detoxing will not remove cellulite because cellulite is not caused by toxins.

Dry Brushing

Dry brushing involves vigorously brushing your cellulite with a body brush made of boar bristles to promote circulation and remove toxins. But because cellulite is not caused by either of these things, dry brushing will not improve your cellulite. However, it is great for your circulation, so it’s still recommended.

Body Wraps

Body wraps are basically a tight compression bandage that is wrapped around your body, usually in conjunction with special creams and lotions that are supposed to assist in the process. To ‘prove’ the treatment works, you are measured before and after. Tight compression does reduce the size of the area temporarily because it pushes the fluids out into the other non compressed areas. However, it quickly returns and does not reduce cellulite. I’m sure you have noticed this same affect when you have worn a tight pair of socks, especially those with a tight band. After removing them, you will have observed a compressed area where the tight band sat, but it doesn’t take long for this area to return to its normal size.

Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements such as fish oil, ginkgo biloba, grape-seed bioflavinoids etc… (the list is long) have been promoted as boosting metabolism, improving circulation, and breaking down fats. However, there is no research that supports supplements as an effective way to reduce cellulite. In fact, some of them may interact with prescription drugs and do more harm that good.

Creams and Lotions

Creams and lotions may improve the surface texture of your skin but won’t remove the cellulite. Some creams even contain ingredients that cause your skin to slightly swell to mask the cellulite, but this of course quickly wears off. Most of the creams are not even absorbed through the skin into the fat, so have no way of being effective. In fact, the research carried out on cellulite creams have shown that they work no better than simply massaging the skin which on its own can improve the appearance of cellulite by removing some of the fluid from the area. Consequently, any positive effects are temporary and will cease once you stop using them.

More recently, there have been two types of cream that have been very popular:

  • Retinoid creams have been shown to improve the appearance of cellulite in some women by thickening the skin so that it is more masked. But there is much disagreement as to whether it reliably improves the appearance of cellulite.
  • A study found that cream containing Methyxanthines, found in the compounds aminophylline, caffeine or theophyilline, slightly reduced thigh circumference for some people. Although these chemicals have been shown to break down fat, further research has failed to show that these creams can penetrate through to the cellulite and provide any significant cellulite reduction. In fact, most people who use these creams find no improvement.
  • If you are keen to give the cellulite creams a go, then try HD Skin Care Intensive Cellulite Serum which contains both retinol, and caffeine and is reasonably priced.

How to Reduce Cellulite

Try these key methods:

  • Avoid cigarettes and excessive alcohol.
  • Improve your diet by eating healthy low fat food and increasing your vegetable and fiber intake.
  • Eliminate trans fats from your diet (e.g. packaged foods, fried foods, commercially prepared baked goods) and reduce the amount of saturated fats (e.g. butter and animal fats).
  • Reduce your salt intake as it can cause fluid retention.
  • Try to avoid eating junk food, processed foods and sugar.
  • Drink lots of water, it not only suppresses your appetite but also provides you with the essential hydration your body needs to boost your metabolism and assist with weight loss.
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea and coke. They act as diuretics and can affect your ability to lose weight.
  • Avoid soda and fruit juices as they are high in sugar.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners (e.g. diet soda) as they can trigger insulin which encourages your body to store fat, resulting in weight gain.
  • Partake in regular exercise to help burn calories and excess body fat as well as reduce water retention.
  • Try not to sit for prolonged periods, as this can cause water retention and poor circulation. Get up and walk around. Try setting a timer to help you remember.
  • Incorporate strength training into your workouts at least 3 days a week. If the muscle behind the fat is weak, it can make cellulite appear bumpier. (Strength training also has the added benefit of improving bone density which is essential in woman to protect bones and prevent osteoporosis.)

Unfortunately there is currently no treatment that reliably removes cellulite. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle can reduce the appearance of cellulite, but, before getting your hopes up be aware that in some people weight loss can actually make the cellulite look worse. This is usually because the skin has lost its elasticity and become ‘saggy’, causing the cellulite to appear bumpier and more pronounced. Also, weight loss will not completely remove cellulite because it sits in the superficial layer of your body, which is the last area to be affected by weight loss.

Quick Fixes That Can Temporarily Improve the Appearance of Cellulite

The above strategies are obviously going to take some time and commitment to achieve results. But if you have a special event coming up and need a quick fix, try the following:

  • Wear body contouring undergarments to create a smooth look.
  • Going away for a beach break? Get a fake tan – it’s great at giving the illusion of less cellulite as well as being a faster and much safer alternative to lying in the sun. Good spray tanners can even create the illusion of contours on the body. For a quick and easy at home tan, try the popular St. Tropez self tanner.
  • Leading up to your special event, try getting some gentle massage by a licensed masseuse to improve the appearance of cellulite by removing fluid from the area. But remember, even if this does work, the effects are temporary.

As most of us have cellulite, is it really a problem? Or is it just a normal part of our body that we should learn to accept and love? Personally, I’ve decided to stop battling against my cellulite because I know it’s a waste of my time, energy and money. It has only brought me disappointment and empty pockets. Instead, I try to focus on my health, well being and happiness. I’ve found that as I fill my life with more worthwhile things, I’m so busy enjoying life that I don’t care about it nearly as much as I used to. Next time you’re at the beach, take a moment to look around and see how many other people have cellulite. We are usually so self-obsessed that we don’t even notice what’s around us. You’ll see that most of the women on the beach are also sporting cellulite, so if everybody else has it, why are you so worried about it?

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Do Any Cellulite Treatments *Actually* Work?

Cellulite: Everyone’s got it, most of us—except Chrissy Teigen—are yet to accept it. it’s why brands and aestheticians rake in billions each year on products that claim to help your “problem areas.” The promise behind these cellulite treatments is simple: Massage a cream into your thighs/stomach/arms each night after showering, and watch those pesky fat stores smooth out. That’s how life would play out in a beauty commercial, but the reality is considerably more disappointing.

In all my years working as a writer and editor in the fashion and beauty space, I’m yet to find a single magical fix that can banish cellulite overnight. Not that it’s stopped me from looking. I’m pretty now sure such a thing doesn’t exist—and if it does, I probably couldn’t afford it. However, there are a couple of at-home and professional solutions I’ve tried that—while they didn’t turn me into Gisele Budchen—did help smooth out the appearance of cellulite on my legs. To read about those and more cellulite treatments, read on!

Keep scrolling to see what cellulite treatments worked—and what really didn’t.

Coffee scrubs.

Cost: Under $15.

Timeframe: Months.

Efficacy: Good.

I’ve been using coffee scrubs—both home-made and store-bought versions—for about two years now. Over that time I have noticed some slight improvement in the appearance of cellulite at the top of my thighs. Obviously, this isn’t exactly a scientific appraisal of the product—my results could easily be caused by lifestyle or diet changes—but there’s some logic to back up my experience. By rubbing ground coffee beans in a circular motion over cellulite-dimpled body parts, you’re increasing the circulation both via the massage technique and from the caffeine in the beans. Coffee scrubs are the most natural way I’ve found to target cellulite, and also exfoliate and soften your skin in the process. It’s a little messy, but worth it.

Image via A Bikini A Day

Dry Brushing

Cost: Free

Timeframe: Three weeks.

Efficacy: Average.

Dry brushing, before it become 2017’s buzz word du jour, first began as an Ayurvedic tradition. It basically involves using a dry brush to massage and exfoliate the body, beginning at the feet and progressing up towards the heart. Trying this felt weird—you can’t use any water, so I was essentially standing in the shower, nude, rubbing my body with wooden, bristled brush. Like I said; weird.

I can’t really say that I noticed a huge difference to cellulite after dry brushing—I tried it for about three weeks without any noticeable results and then grew bored of the habit. However, there are other benefits to the practice that make it worthwhile, including improving circulation, exfoliating the skin.

Image via Free People

Venus Freeze.

Cost: $300 per treatment.

Timeframe: Multiple 15-minute sessions.

Efficacy: Excellent.

Venus Freeze was by far the most effective treatment I tested, but also the most painful. Touted as a “revolutionary” way to not just banish cellulite, but also tighten the skin and drop inches from your body, Venus Freeze has to be administered by a professional aesthetician and will cost around $300 per session—and you may need up to eight sessions, although I tried just three.

During the treatment I was instructed to strip down to my underwear, and glycerin was applied to my thighs and hips (hello, problem zones). A device that looks a lot like an ultrasound steam then massaged over the gel for about 15 minutes, feeling like a relaxing hot stone massage for the first five and then progressively becoming more and more painful. This I was told, was the “multi-polar radio frequency and Pulsed Magnetic fields” at work, heating up my skin to stimulate collagen growth and reduce cellulite. Whatever though, this hurts.

I definitely noticed a small difference after the first session, and in three sessions over two weeks my thighs were visibly smoother; although my boyfriend and bestie both swear they couldn’t tell a difference. Months have passed since my treatment now and unfortunately the results have basically disappeared—but it was nice while it lasted.

Image via Trifecta Med Spa NYC


Cost: $5

Timeframe: Once.

Efficacy: Terrible!

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet folks. After researching online and discovering dozens of health blogs and forums obsessing over the benefits of topical honey applied to cellulite, I decided to try for myself. So I took a bottle of golden honey from the pantry and into the shower, squeezed a generous amount onto my thighs, and massaged it in a circular motion. Within seconds my legs, shower, hair, and basically entire bathroom became a sticky, gilded mess. The honey didn’t glide smoothly as I had imagined, but clumped together, pulling at the hairs on my legs. It took nearly an hour and a lot of hot water to clean myself, and my shower. Shockingly, my cellulite was not diminished by the messy exercise. Do not try this at home.

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Cellusmooth Cellulite Treatment Review – Does It Work?

In this article we’re going to take a closer look into Cellusmooth Cellulite Treatment. Cellusmooth is one of a few popular anti-cellulite treatments.

Some statistics say that about 85 percent of women have cellulite. Some of the women just live with it and it doesn’t bother them much, but many women hate cellulite and would do anything to get rid of it. Although cellulite is not a disease, it looks unpleasant and many women lose confidence because of it, especially when they want to wear a bikini on the beach. 

There are many different cellulite treatments and Cellusmooth is one of the treatments approved by FDA as the safe cellulite treatment. But, does it really work? Is it really worth the money? Is it the best cellulite treatment or are there better and less expensive alternatives?

We’ll answer all the above questions in this article, but if you’d like to get rid of cellulite at home visit The Truth About Cellulite Free Video Presentation.

What Is the Cellusmooth Cellulite Treatment?

Cellusmooth is the minimally invasive laser treatment that acts on cellulite in three ways and only one treatment is required.

How it works:

  1. The laser cuts the fibrous bands that cause the appearance of dimples.
  2. The laser melts the fat that causes the appearance of bulges and lumps on the surface of the skin.
  3. The laser delivers heat, coagulating the tissues and triggering the body’s response, which tightens and smooths the skin.

You can see exactly how it works in the video below:

The cost of Cellusmooth treatment can vary, depending on the body area where the treatment is required, and it can cost from $4,000 – $7,500. It’s hard to find the information about the cost on the internet.

Does Cellusmooth Work and Is It Better Than Cellulaze?

Cellusmooth was created by Sciton and it’s often compared to Cellulaze created by Cynosure. Which one is better, it’s hard to say. Cellusmooth supposed to be less invasive and cause less complications. The Cellusmooth creators also claim that it works faster than Cellulaze. Both of the treatments are minimally invasive and require only local anesthesia.

But if you do the research on the internet, many doctors claim that Cellulaze is better. But it’s possible that they simply recommend the treatment that their clinic performs. Whereas I have found plenty of the patients’ reviews of Cellulaze, it’s harder to find thepatients’s reviews of Cellusmooth.

From my research it seems that Cellusmoth works, but the effects are not long lasting, and after a year a patient might require another touch up treatment. So, it isn’t the lasting anti-cellulite solution, as it’s sometimes advertised.

The Pros and Cons of Cellusmooth Laser Treatment

The Pros

Only one treatment is required with some local anesthesia. It takes only about 1 – 1.5 hour and you’ll have some significant cellulite reduction. It does not require exercising or dieting. After the treatment you’ll see some good effects after two weeks, but to see the full results of the treatment, you might need to wait two months.

The Cons

It usually isn’t the long lasting solution. You’ll be bruised after the treatment and there might be some swelling visible too. You’ll have to wear compression garments after the treatment for a few days and you might feel some discomfort too.

The treatment is expensive and not every woman can afford it.

Is There a Better Way to Get Rid of Cellulite Than Cellusmooth? 

There’s definitely a better solution than Cellusmooth or any other laser treatment. I got rid of cellulite for good with the Naked Beauty/Symulast Exercises, which are easy and work fast. You can be free from cellulite in less than a month if you’re really diligent, but certainly in less than two months, if you don’t hurry. You can get rid of cellulite forever if you do some cellulite prevention exercises from time to time after your cellulite is gone.

I have reviewed the Naked Beauty/Symulast Program created by Joey Atlas here, where you can also see a video with some of the exercises.

>>> Click Here to Read Naked Beauty/Symulast Program review Click Here to Read Joey Atlas Article and Watch the Video

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