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2009 Reader's Choice - Top 5 Cellulite Reduction Procedures


Cellulite doesn't have to be an insurmountable challenge anymore. There are several treatments available to minimize the appearance of cellulite; here are our readers' top 5.

Cellulite is somewhere near the very top of every woman's most hated list. The skin dimpling affects women at all sizes, even the very small. It is caused by inconsistencies in the texture of the fat under the skin and affects women more often than men. There are creams available that claim to help smooth the skin, but most physicians agree that they aren't very helpful and a more aggressive treatment is needed to truly smooth out those cottage cheese thighs.

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1 - VelaShape: VelaShape from Syneron uses a combination of Bi-Polar Radio Frequency and Infrared Light - plus tissue mobilization combined with suction to reduce the appearance of cellulite and re-contour the body. Multiple treatments are needed to achieve optimum results but there is no downtime and treatment generally takes about 30 minutes. It is an FDA approved device and has been shown to also provide circumferential reduction.

2 - Accent Laser: The Accent Laser by Alma Lasers uses radiofrequency to treat cellulite and other fatty deposits. It primarily works in three ways. First, it heats underneath the skin causing fat cells to shrink. Secondly, it improves circulation to the area. And finally, it stimulates collagen production which makes the area look smoother.

3 - VelaSmooth: VelaSmooth is also from Syneron and features their elos(tm) technology. Using a combination of Bi-Polar Frequency, Infrared Light, and tissue mobilization, the VelaSmooth device has shown impressive results in the reduction of cellulite. Studies show VelaSmooth results should last close to 6 months if combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise.

4 - SmoothShapes: SmoothShapes from Eleme Medical offers a painless, non-invasive process through laser and light techniques to improve engorged fat cells and treat cellulite at its source. The technology that Smooth Shapes uses is called Photomology, a trademarked technology that combines laser, light, vacuum, and contoured rollers to attack cellulite directly. The end result? Smoother looking skin that is younger and tighter immediately. Treatments will generally be taken about twice a week for four weeks for a total of eight treatments that last about 20 minutes long each.

5 - Endermologie: Endermologie is a safe and painless procedure designed to reduce the appearance of cellulite and smooth the skin. The Endermologie machine massages the problem areas with a combination of suction and rollers. Circulation can be increased by up to 200 percent, resulting in the stretching of subdermal connective tissue and the natural elimination of body toxins and excess retained water. During the process, a special body suit is worn to keep the rollers from direct contact with the skin.

The American Health & Beauty Reader's Choice Awards are based on a running tally of all information accessed on www.americanhealthandbeauty.com from January 1, 2009 to December 15, 2009. The awards are based on the number of page views for each particular procedure. The awards in no way reflect a judgment or declaration of one procedure or product being better than another, merely what visitors to the website searched for and/or read about. The awards are a representation of consumer interest regarding these particular procedures and/or products and are in no way an endorsement of American Health and Beauty, LLC. For more information regarding these procedures please contact your local physician or aesthetician.

Editor's Note: This article was republished to include the Accent Laser and Endermologie which were inadvertently left off the initial article