Are Cellulite Treatments Too Good to Be True?

If you've thought about getting rid of cellulite with some of today's non-invasive procedures, you may already have stumbled across the VelaSmooth system, SmartLipo and other highly-advertised procedures on the market.

Getting rid of cellulite without surgery has been deemed possible by many medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers, procedures that promise to 'melt' fat cells, recontour the body and improve the skin's appearance.  Some of these treatments promote a proven 'circumferential reduction' - not necessarily blasting away fat cells - while others are designed to boost circulation and increase collagen production so that the skin appears healthier and more toned.

Critics of these treatments suggest that the cellulite reduction plan is just a hoax.  The Wall Street Journal highlights Dr. Robert A. Weiss's response to the cellulite trends, indicating that fancy massagers and 'cellulite-fighting' treatments do nothing for melting the fat cells or getting rid of cellulite.

Still, industry researchers report that demand for these procedures will exceed $200 million by 2012, and consumers continue to flock to medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers for the latest cellulite fix.

Eleme Medical, the maker of SmoothShapes cellulite treatments explains how the procedure works in this brief video:


Further Reading

  • Motivated by his wife and kids, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who once called himself “the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”, disclosed Tuesday he secretly underwent Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery) on February 16, 2013, performed by Dr. George Fielding, head of NYU Medical Center’s Weight Management Program.

  • Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.

  • Women who want to squeeze into their favorite pair of high heels but can’t find the perfect fit do have the option of undergoing cosmetic foot surgery. This procedure is designed to sculpt and shape the foot by lengthening or trimming the toes, and may also help to remove painful bunions and other growths that are causing pain around the feet and ankles.