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How do you reduce cellulite?

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There are various methods a person can employ to reduce cellulite, including weight loss, the application of cellulite reduction creams that contain caffeine and retinol, and subjecting the body to a massage treatment called endermologie. Other means of treatment include the use of machines that utilize radio wave energy and high-intensity sound waves, in addition to a surgical procedure called Cellulaze that was approved by the FDA in 2012.

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Weight loss is a good option for people who are already overweight, because it reduces the size of the fat cells that factor in the creation of cellulite. However, this method is not useful for people with a healthy weight, because additional weight loss might loosen the skin, thus making cellulite more prominent.

Although cellulite reduction creams serve as a temporary means of treatment, they can reduce cellulite if used for at least six months. Massage treatments improve blood circulation, although there is no concrete evidence as of 2014 that they’re effective against cellulite.

Laser and radio-wave machines, such as VelaSmooth and Zerona, work by applying heat whereby the skin becomes firm and thickened. The laser surgical treatment uses a side-firing laser to burn away the septae bands that pull down on the skin and create dimples. As of 2014, the cost of machine treatments ranges between $1500 and $5000, whereas the surgical treatment costs around $7500.

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