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All Puckered Out: What Really Works (and Doesn't) to Get Rid of Cellulite

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The Cellulite Treatment Experts Endorse

If you hate your lumps enough to spend big bucks to zap them, Cellulaze, an FDA-approved therapy, looks like a promising solution.

What it is: A laser that is inserted under the skin and shoots heat in three directions. When the laser is rotated, it liquefies fat, cuts the septae that surround fat cells to loosen puckering, and heats the skin to encourage collagen regrowth, says Bruce Katz, MD, the director of the Juva Skin & Laser Center in New York City, who was involved in Cellulaze's FDA-approval process.

What it promises: A 70 to 80 percent improvement that lasts at least a year, according to Dr. Katz, who says that in the more than three years since he began performing the procedure, no one has reported that their cellulite has come back. (People have had touch-ups, however.)

Who it's best for: Active women with mild to moderate cellulite who are not significantly overweight and who have good muscle tone.

The cost: A whopping $5,000 to $7,000 on average, depending on the size of the area being treated.

The recovery time: The outpatient procedure is done under local anesthesia. "Most of our patients go back to work the next day," Dr. Katz says. They wear a Spanx-like surgical garment for a week for the bruising and swelling.

The verdict: "I think it's a very good technology," says dermatologist Dr. Sadick, who has used it. However, he isn't ready to declare the results permanent. And like any invasive procedure, there are risks involved. Plus there is no data on the long-term effects. To find out more or for a referral to a derm who is using Cellulaze, go to

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2013.


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m_rmary77 wrote:

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9/11/2014 03:03:40 PM Report Abuse
weightloss253 wrote:

To help reverse the effects of cellulite you need to remove as much saturated fat from your diet is possible, this means no more deep-fried food or take-away foods. It you should also avoid alcoholic beverages. To help remove the toxins it is recommended that you eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, and help flush out the toxins by drinking water.CHECK OUT --

3/2/2014 09:48:44 PM Report Abuse
only1golda wrote:

I've always been told and believed that I would never be able to loose the cellulite. In the last few months I've discovered that to be untrue. Through weight lifting and eliminating some foods from my diet, the little dimples on the side and back of my thighs are GONE!

11/20/2013 04:57:01 PM Report Abuse
nan.ivins wrote:

I think we need to focus on being healthy and learn to love our bodies. Every woman gets cellulite and only airbrushing really gets rid of it. This procedure is temporary, expensive and someone I know said it is very painful too. I would rather spend that money spent on a trainer, gym membership and a health diet. I do like to use a toning lotion with a light self-tanner ... a little tan helps improve the appearance of my legs.

7/14/2013 07:52:28 AM Report Abuse
jackdaripper84 wrote:

I used to have cellulite as well. I lost close to 50 lbs over the last year and a half and have kept it off for over a year now. The key for me was cutting out a lot of sugar (refined, juices, sauces, etc). Really watch out. If I do have anything with sugar, I try to keep it down to 25 grams a day which is still a lot. I also started doing a lot of toning exercises. Trail running, a large variety of push ups, pull ups, and leg lifts. Discipline is your only enemy.

7/12/2013 04:06:21 PM Report Abuse

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