Serious Cellulite Solutions

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In a perfect world, there would be no such thing as cellulite. In a slightly less perfect world, cellulite could be wiped away with a $10 body cream. But in the real world, serious cellulite requires serious solutions. If you’re finally fed up with the view from behind, it may be time to look into one of the following treatments.

The first FDA-approved treatment for cellulite, this non-invasive, deep-massage method, which began in France in the 1980s and came to the U.S. in 1991, uses a machine with a hose that pulls up folds of skin and kneads them between rollers.

Popular at spas across the country, this is an easy way to get a quick but very temporary fix for a special occasion. Developed first as a rheumatoid arthritis treatment in France in 1979, the method includes a combination of electrodes, thermal clay, essential oils and algae that results in smoother skin and loss of inches. The downside: results last only a few hours. The treatment will cost you about $120.

Recently approved by the FDA, this painless treatment employs a combination of radiofrequency, infrared light and deep-tissue mechanical massage to break up fat, mobilize water from tissues and produce new collagen, all resulting in a smoother skin surface.

Triactive Laser Dermology
Also FDA-approved, this treatment was devised about three years ago by laser scientists in Italy and combines mechanical massage, localized cooling (to reduce swelling) and diode laser stimulation to improve the appearance of cellulite. Currently, this treatment is available at only 30 U.S. locations, mostly in metropolitan areas.

Based on a long-standing acne scar treatment, this procedure was developed in 1997 by a Brazilian dermatologist. Your dermatologist or plastic surgeon can insert a specially designed needle under the skin to release the tethering fibrous bands. The process is done under local anesthesia, but there is postoperative pain and bruising, as well as the risk of possible scarring, infection and contour irregularities. While the results are not 100-percent predictable, they are permanent- and expensive.

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