Cellulite Creams - What Works, What Doesn't?

Do cellulite treatment creams with ingredients like caffeine, ginseng, coffeeberry, etc. really make your cellulite look better? If so, please suggest a good brand. 

Doctor Answers 16

Cellulaze & Mesotherapy

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Unfortunately, cellulite creams generally only offer a temporary or ineffective result. They work by plumping up the surrounding skin to even out your cellulite for a short period of time. For a longer-lasting solution, you may want to consider Cellulaze or Mesotherapy. Cellulaze is a minimally-invasive procedure that releases the fibrous bands that create the cellulite appearance. 

Beverly Hills Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews


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Many patients have benefited from treating their cellulite with the Cellfina System. Cellfina works by releasing the connective tissue bands that pull the skin and cause dimpling. Because Cellfina targets the structural cause of cellulite, patients can see results in as little as three days after treatment. Results are long-lasting. In fact, Cellfina has the longest FDA clearance for any cellulite treatment. Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon regarding how Cellfina can help you! Good luck!

Jerome H. Liu, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Creams for cellulite

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Creams may be helpful and offer short term benefits but do not address the physical problems of small bands under the skin

Cellulite affects up to 85% of adult women and can be extremely difficult to correct. Many treatments are ineffective or take multiple sessions to complete with very temporary results. Now, new body shaping technology, Cellfina, is about to change that.

Cellfina is the newest, most effective FDA approved technology available for treating cellulite. This one-time, minimally invasive procedure takes only 45 minutes to perform, but the results last for a minimum of two years. Cellfina has the longest lasting results of any current cellulite treatment. Its approval rate is over 93% on RealSelf  We also add Thermismooth and Vela3   for the   Cellfina Platinum treatment  

Used on moderate to severe cellulite of the buttock and thighs, Cellfina works by treating the rubber-band-like connective tissue that causes cellulite. When these “rubber bands” under the skin are cut, the fat trapped underneath in dimples “snaps” back into place, creating a full, smooth appearance.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Topical treatments

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Short answer - creams don't work!  There is no evidence support the role of topical creams for the treatment of cellulite.  There is however published evidence and clincial experience support the role of Cellulaze.

Cellulaze is a FDA approved one time treatment that 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 and find a plastic surgeon who performs the procedure near you. Best of luck!

Dr. Basu
Houston, TX

Effective cellulite treatment

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Unfortunately, there are no effective creams to treat cellulite.  If you are serious about cellulite treatment, I recommend you consider Cellulaze.

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

Cellulite creams

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In short...they dont work. The only FDA approved device on the market for cellulite removeal is cellulaze. It may be worth checking into.

Cellulite creams....save your money!!!

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I have never seen cellulite creams work.  Endermologie or massage works temporarily because your tissue gets swollen and hides the bumpy areas.

If cellulite gets worse and it will as a person ages if you have a propensity for it some of the body lifting procedures can really help prevent eliminate and reduce the areas of cellulite.

Unfortunately it is often hereditary.

Good Luck to you


Dr. Kimberly Henry

Kimberly A. Henry, MD
Greenbrae Plastic Surgeon

Cellulite creams don't wwork--period.

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Cellulite creams don't work. I can't even think of a mechanism whereby they could possible work. Don't waste your money. As a matter of fact, there is really nothing that works well for cellulite.

Cellulite Treatment Creams Don't Work

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If you are hoping to eliminate cellulite with a cream you will most likely be disappointed.

Caffeine, Retinol and Antioxidants are common ingredients in many of the creams, and will only temporarily improve the skin tone and texture, but don't really do anything to improve the cause of the cellulite appearance.

Since creams are applied topically it is not possible for the ingredients to penetrate deep enough through the skin to actually treat the fat that causes the dimpled appearance.

Creams for cellulite

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The real key is to see true peer review studies that show lasting improvement. I have not read any. It is attractive for consumers but until the companies that make these cellulite creams provide scientific data, it will be hard for doctors to recommend such products.  

Michael Kulick, MD, DDS
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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