Cellulite - The TRUE Story
(Part 2 of 2)
Lotions, Creams & Gels
Want to make some money? Toss a few ingredients together and slap a label on it claiming to reduce cellulite. It doesn't seem to matter that the products don't work. Because of the enormous profits involved, the fines the federal government levies on unscrupulous businesses can be viewed as a simple cost of doing business.
Revlon, Inc. settled with the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 1993 for making "unsubstantiated advertising claims for their Ultima II Procollagen Anti-cellulite body complex..." There were no fines levied and consumers didn't get their money back. The FTC simply required, "Revlon to have scientific evidence to support any future claims about the effectiveness of cellulite treatments..."
What's in all those jars and tubes?
In December of 2000 the Section of Dermatology at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health looked at 32 different cellulite creams. They identified 263 ingredients in the products but no references in the dermatological literature of ANY of those ingredients being able to reduce cellulite. The most common ingredient they found was Aminophylline. So we looked it up to see if there were any studies showing it worked.
In a double blind study conducted in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Bradford Royal Infirmary, England, the results were disappointing. Aminophylline cream was tested against endermologie therapy. At the conclusion of the study the authors said neither treatment was effective in improving the appearance of cellulite.
The current "hot ingredient" in anti-cellulite creams is caffeine. But don't get your hopes up. There's no evidence it helps either. As of August, 2006 there are NO cellulite reducing creams tested in a valid, double blind study that have been proven any more effective than a placebo.
Pills & Herbal Supplements
Rexall Sundown aggressively marketed a dietary supplement called "Cellasene" as a cellulite treatment. In advertising they claimed it, "works from within, nutritionally, to help eliminate cellulite at its source." They also claimed that it was "clinically researched" and that it was, "The One That Works."
They lied. In March of 2003 the United States Federal Trade Commission settled with Rexall Sundown to pay up to $12 million for making "False and Unsubstantiated Claims for 'Cellasene'." Of course that didn't matter much to Rexall Sundown, because they had already sold more than $40 million of Cellasene in the United States alone.
Other companies that have tried to jump on the Cellasene bandwagon include CelluLean from InHealth America, Celluplant® Cellulite Killer and Cellu-Rid® Anti-Cellulite Capsules.
As of August, 2006, there are NO cellulite reducing pills, herbs or combinations of herbs tested in a valid, double blind study that have been proven effective. They are a waste of money for the treatment of cellulite.
Mesotherapy is a "treatment" that involves administering numerous injections to deliver medication directly to cellulite-affected areas. Unfortunately there is no official formulation of what practitioners of mesotherapy should (or do) inject into their "patients." Because of this lack of any guidelines, there is a veritable witches brew of chemicals that mesotherapy practitioners are poking into people with little regard for patient safety or treatment efficacy.
What's even more troubling, if an injection was devised that could break up fat, nobody has any idea where that fat would go to or what other organs it might affect. Don't let them use you as a lab rat. As of December 2005, there were no controlled studies showing any benefit from injection treatments.
Liposuction is a medically effective way to remove fat from the body, but it is NOT recommended for cellulite. The fats targeted by liposuctions are "deep" fats, not fats close to the skin like cellulite. Attempting to remove cellulite through liposuction may actually make it look worse by leaving dimples and depressions.
More marketing garbage. We suggest you avoid ANY diets that claim to target cellulite, because NO diet can spot reduce fat. If you're considering a diet that makes such an obviously fraudulent claim, it should be a red flag making anything else they say suspect.
These fall in the same category as cellulite diets. No workout can spot reduce fat, so workouts that claim to zero in on cellulite should be seen for exactly what they are, fraudulent advertising.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The number of fat cells you have and their distribution in your body are a matter of heredity. As you gain weight, those fat cells expand and create the dimpled look associated with the term cellulite. Losing fat through diet and exercise is the only medically proven way of reducing cellulite.
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