Getting Rid of Cellulite – What Works and What Doesn't

As many as nine out of 10 women today suffer from cellulite, and many are desperately searching for a cure for this unsightly condition. This $12 million industry offers a dazzling array of products and treatments that claim to get rid of cellulite, but how do you know which ones work and which ones are just a waste of money? Thank goodness for Dr. Oz who did a show that I watched a while back on popular cellulite products and treatments that answered this question for me.

One thing Dr. Oz stressed during the show was that while you can diminish the appearance of cellulite, there is as yet not cure for it, so whichever one of the cellulite-reducing products and treatments described below that you choose, you’re going to have to stick with it for life.

Now, let’s take a look at five cellulite products and treatments to find out which ones work and which ones don’t.

Cellulite Treatment #1 – Massage Devices

These hand-held devices have rollers or some other apparatus on the bottom that you move back and forth over the cellulite-riddled area. I was surprised to learn that cellulite massagers actually work, although how they work wasn’t clear. At the beginning of the program, Dr. Oz described massage devices as “Who’s your Daddy therapy” because they beat the tissue up, traumatizing it. Tissue swells and, as a result, you can’t see the cellulite. But once the swelling goes down, the cellulite comes back. The beauty expert, Marie Czenko, came on later and explained that cellulite massagers help soften connective bands of tissue that tighten up and produce pockets of fat underneath the skin and help improve circulation.

However they work, you have to use massage devices on a regular basis because the smoothing effect they produce is temporary. Expect to spend between $15 and $400 for one of these devices.

Cellulite Treatment #2 – Liposuction

Sorry, ladies. According to Dr. Oz, liposuction does NOT work. And a good thing too, because not only is it expensive, ranging in price from $2,000 to $7,000, it is the least effective of all the products and treatments discussed on the show. Why? For the simple fact that the fat cells that are melted and then sucked out via the liposuction device quickly grow back. So don’t waste your money on this treatment.

Cellulite Treatment #3 – Caffeine Creams

Surprisingly, caffeine creams designed to get rid of cellulite actually work because, along with the caffeine, they contain additional ingredients that tone, tighten, and smooth the skin. But again, don’t think you can smooth on the cream for a couple of weeks and then stop, thinking the cellulite is gone for good. This is a treatment that you’re going to have to use consistently in order to keep the appearance of cellulite to a minimum. Caffeine creams are priced from $20 to $100.

You’d think that if caffeine creams work, then coffee grounds should, too. But unlike the creams, there is no mechanism in coffee grounds that can deliver the caffeine into the skin, so once you wash off the grounds, the caffeine is gone as well.

Cellulite Treatment #4 – Diuretic Herbal Creams

Herbal creams that contain diuretics do NOT work, according to Marie Czenko, Dr. Oz’ beauty expert, simply because diuretics don’t target specific areas of the body; they work on the entire body. Diuretic herbal creams cost from $5 to $140, but whatever price you pay for them, all you’re doing is creating expensive urine.

Cellulite Treatment #5 – Diet and Exercise

Yes, diet and exercise definitely work to reduce the appearance of cellulite, in addition to creating overall health and wellness. According to Dr. Oz, it is the most effective way to reduce the appearance of cellulite. An extremely effective exercise for getting rid of cellulite is rebound exercise because it uses the combined forces of gravity, acceleration, and decelaration to strenghthen the body at the cellular level, as well as improve circulation.

The big diet “no-no’s” are sugar and salt. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that quickly turns into fat if you don’t burn it off with exercise, and salt retains water, worsening the appearance of cellulite. Finally, when you do exercises that strengthen thigh muscles, you’ll reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Remember, all of the products and treatments that work do so on a temporary basis, so ones that won’t break your budget. Of course, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly is probably the least expensive way to get rid of cellulite.

Photo Credit

Thanks to AsWeLike for the before and after thigh photos.


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