does aha cream 10% work to reduce appearance of cellulite?

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AHA cream for cellulite?

AHA cream will not help your cellulite. Check out Cellfina, the best treatment for cellulite on the market. Patient satisfaction rates 3 years after treatment are well over 90%. Find a board certified plastic surgeon near you experienced in Cellfina for a consultation to be examined and discuss further.

Does aha cream 10% work to reduce appearance of cellulite?

No, AHA cream does not work for cellulite. There is only one truly effective and proven lasting cellulite treatment out there, and that is CELLFINA. All of the other lotions, potions, creams, treatments, radio frequency devices, including Cellulaze, are at best, mediocre, and, in many cases, completely worthless. Cellulaze is a laser-based procedure that has a much higher complication rate, as well as a much lower patient satisfaction rate, so that answer is pretty clear. CELLFINA is the only cellulite treatment that has a proven track record of 96% patient satisfaction at 2 years post treatment. Nothing else is even remotely as effective as Cellfina. I have attached a link to my website, explaining how this remarkable system works. There are patient testimonials and schematics reviewing the details of this remarkable breakthrough treatment. Also, Cellfina is a single session procedure that is done under local anesthesia with little to no pain! Thank you for your good question.

Steven M. Gitt, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Creams don't work.  If you truly have cellulite, cellulaze may be a good option for you. Cellulaze uses a laser under the skin to attack the anatomic causes of cellulite. It is a minimally invasive procedure that takes 1-2 hours and can be safely done under local or just IV sedation. It is an FDA approved treatment for cellulite and requires only one treatment. Hope this is helpful.

Dr. Sugene Kim

Creams for cellulite don't work

Unfortunately, to date there are no creams or pills that will improve the appearance of your cellulite. Laser technologies can help. We have found that Excilis is a great way to minimize cellulite. 

Creams are not effective

Creams are not effective in treating cellulite.  I would recommend you learn more about Cellulaze - the FDA approved one time definitive treatment for cellulite. Cellulaze utilizes a 1440 nm wavelength laser to accomplish 3 things: 1) melt away fat bulging out 2) break up fibrous septae (attachments) that create the indentations and 3) help thicken the dermis (skin) to prevent future recurrence. The procedure can take between 60-90 minutes and can be completed under local or just IV sedation (depending on the length of your procedure and number of areas being treated). To see your final results takes between 3-6 months. You can visit the cellulaze . com website to learn more about the procedure. Best of luck!  

Cellulite responds well to Z-Wave therapy.

Creams with Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) are effective in exfoliating the skin to smooth and rejuvenate it. Such exfoliation will not address the bulges and dimples caused by cellulite. No topical treatment will not get to the root of your problem; however, there are treatments that do. The fibrous network that makes cellulite so resistant to diet and exercise must be broken down. Z-Wave therapy does this through the use of high-energy radial shockwaves. The fat cells can then release their fatty acids and flatten out. But these shockwaves also stimulate collagen production. Collagen gives skin its elasticity, and after only a few treatments, you should see visible results as the treated area becomes noticeably firmer and smoother.

Hal Michael Bass, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Diminish cellulite with Cellulaze

In order to reduce cellulite, my suggestion is Cellulaze. Cellulaze is a minimally invasive procedure that will smooth over your skin while also tightening it. Please consult with your surgeon to decide that this is the best procedure for you, good luck!

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Cellulite and Treatments

AHA creams have not been proven to be effective for cellulite.  Thermage with the new CPT and total tip technology has proven to be effective for treating cellulite and tighening the skin. In addition, I often use Coolsculpting to reduce the bulge first followed by Thermage as a combination therapy.  Please consult a board certified dermatologist with a great deal of experience with Thermage and cellulite for the best results.

Cellulite Treatment with AHA’s

Cellulite is a deposit of fat within connective tissue that pushes against the skin giving it a bumpy appearance.

AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid, examples of AHA’s include glycolic acid, lactic acid and citiric acid. AHA’s are generally used to exfoliate the skin and improve pigmentation.

In order to treat cellulite you would have to break apart the fat deposit so that your body can then absorb it and flush it out of your system. I do not think that topical application of AHA would help improve your cellulite.

There are several non-surgical options to treat cellulite however, it is best to consult with a Board Certified Dermatologist to see which option is best for you.

Nissan Pilest, MD
Irvine Dermatologic Surgeon
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No serious and useful studies exist on treating cellulite with AHA containing creams

AHA is known as an exfoliator, and is useful for improving the appearance of the surface of the skin.  It has not been shown, however, to clearly and unequivocally affect the appearance of cellulite.  There's nothing wrong with trying, but it's not very likely such a cream would work.

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