Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Slim Evidence for Effectiveness of Cellulite Treatments

smooth shapesPlenty of people would be glad to take your money and give you cellulite treatments. But there’s not much high-quality evidence that the effects of any treatment will last more than a few hours or days, the WSJ reports.

Most treatments use some kind of massager that makes the tissue swell. The temporary swelling eliminates the dimples that characterize cellulite. But when the swelling goes down, the dimples come back.

FDA approval for the devices used in the treatments is based only on fleeting results; the agency doesn’t evaluate how long the change lasts.

New treatments add a laser or some other energy source that’s supposed to have an effect on the fat cells under the skin, but there’s no proof that this improves long-term outcomes.

“There’s nothing that has been shown in any objective way to create improvement for cellulite,” Robert A. Weiss, president-elect of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, told the WSJ.

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