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Doctors Give the Real Scoop on Cellulite Treatments


Because of overly aggressive marketing, cellulite treatments have earned a bad name... but some cellulite treatments do work well

Cellulite treatments have everyone perplexed. But, there are a few things we know. Cellulite definitely discriminates against women. No race is immune and even thin women and celebrities like Julia Roberts get cellulite. You can't even diet the stuff away. Cellulite is such a frustrating and common condition that many marketers have taken advantage of the desperate masses seeking a solution to their embarrassing plight. Some are even down right deceptive about possible treatments and results obtained.

Do cellulite reduction Treatments really work?
Do cellulite reduction Treatments really work?"

Dr. Peter B. Fodor, a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles explains and is quoted in Allure Magazine how deceptive lighting can be used to market cellulite treatments. Shadows emphasize imperfections in the skin, therefore if a photo is taken with various lighting, it can be misleading. "I'm not accusing anyone of doing that on purpose. Maybe some people do and some people do not. But we need a standardized photography technique that shows cellulite at its worst." says Dr. Fodor to Allure.

Dr. Neil Sadick, a New York City dermatologist, who conducted much of the available research on cellulite and its causes concurs in a recent Yahoo News article that there is some misleading marketing out there. He discounts poor circulation as a cause and believes what MRI and biopsy studies show that cellulite is a structural problem in the layer of skin called the dermis, which many doctors agree with him on this. According to Dr. Sadick in the Yahoo article, "You cannot cure it, but you can help make it look significantly better." Recommendations are exercise, keeping at a healthy weight and possibly topical treatments that may build collagen in the skin. Getting a tan can also help hide those ugly bumps.

Not all treatments are hocus pocus though... many doctors have been proud of the results they obtain with Cellulaze, an FDA-approved therapy. The Cellulaze procedure promises a 70 to 80 percent improvement that lasts at least a year, according to Dr. Bruce Katz, the director of the Juva Skin & Laser Center in New York City and who was involved in Cellulaze's FDA trials. He says that in the more than three years since he began performing the procedure, no one has reported that their cellulite has come back.

Bottom line is it's not easy to treat and before and after photos can be deceptive.