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Which treatments for cellulite should you carefully consider or avoid?

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Injectables. Some doctors inject chemicals into the fat layer below the skin to encourage breakdown and make cellulite less noticeable. This procedure is often called mesotherapy. The chemicals used include phosphatidylcholine, aminophylline, hormones, herbal extracts, vitamins, and minerals. There’s little proof these treatments help. Most doctors don’t recommend the procedure because there’s a risk of infection, swelling, rashes, and lumpy skin. Also, carefully consider liposuction. This fat removal procedure is often used on the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. However, it can actually make the dimpled fat left behind look worse.

From: Can You Beat Cellulite? WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Cellulite Treatment.”

Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology : “Cryolipolysis for noninvasive body contouring: clinical efficacy and patient satisfaction.”

Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy : “Effects of cellulite treatment with RF, IR light, mechanical massage and suction treating one buttock with the contralateral as a control."

IDEA Fitness Journal : “Cellulite: A review of its anatomy, physiology and treatment.”

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: “Cellulite: An Update,” “Decrease your cellulite using the latest science.”

International Journal of Cosmetic Science : “Cellulite and its treatment.”

International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology: “Cellulite.”

Clinical Interventions in Aging: “Can cellulite be treated with low-energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy?”

KidsHealth: “Cellulite.”

International Journal of Dermatology : “Subcision: a treatment for cellulite.”

Medscape: “Cord-Cutting Technique Smooths Cellulite for 3 Years.”

International Journal of Cosmetic Science : “Cellulite and its treatment.”

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology : “A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of topical retinol in the treatment of cellulite.”

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery: “Reality Vs Myth.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

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