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Treatment options for getting rid of cellulite

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Treatment options for getting rid of cellulite

July 30, 2013

Q: I have cellulite and want to know how to get rid of it. What is the best treatment or advice for it?

A: Cellulite refers to the dimpled appearance of the skin that some people have on their hips, thighs, and buttocks. The causes of cellulite are not well understood.

The following therapies are used to treat cellulite:

  • Creams containing methylxanthines. It is a group of chemicals that includes aminophylline, caffeine, and theophylline.
  • Drugs that are supposed to act on fatty tissues.
  • Trictive is a treatment that combines a low-level laser treatment with suction and manipulation of the skin, while VelaSmooth is a treatment combining laser and massage therapy.
  • Weight loss -- through healthy diet and regular exercise -- is probably the most beneficial cellulite treatment.
  • Liposuction may help.

The final decision about best treatment option will be decided by your doctor after clinical examination and considering various factors. I hope that helps.

-- Answer from Dr. Charles, an internal medicine specialist on JustAnswer.

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