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Cellulite treatment

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Background

  • Cellulite treatments aim to reduce the amount or appearance of cellulite, a type of fat that is more visible on the surface of the skin than other types of fat in the body. Cellulite occurs around areas of the body that serve as the body's fat reserves; the most common areas among these are the hips, thighs, and buttocks. Because it is close to the surface of the skin, cellulite creates a dimpled appearance in those areas of the body. Cellulite forms when the connective tissue, called septa, which anchors the fat tissue just beneath the skin to deep muscles, changes its positioning between layers of various tissues. The septa may stretch, break down, or pull tight, and the fat may squeeze close to the surface of the skin; the result is cellulite.
  • In the past half century, the market has flooded with a variety of treatments for cellulite. Most of them, however, have proven as ineffective as the famous vibrating belt machines of the 1960s. Nevertheless, consumers continue to purchase products claiming to reduce cellulite.
  • The formation of cellulite is not a symptom of any disease. The appearance of cellulite typically does not affect the body's functioning. Any person, regardless of lifestyle, body size, or age, may develop cellulite and most adults have some cellulite. Cosmetic concerns are the primary reason why an individual might purchase a product or consult a doctor about cellulite.
  • Today, individuals with cosmetic concerns about cellulite may choose a number of treatments, from over the counter crèmes to surgery.

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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.