16 Cellulite Myths Exposed, Part II: Liposuction for Cellulite Removal and Miracle, "Fat-Melting" Cellulite Procedures and Creams

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Cellulite specialist Georgios Tzenichristos exposes the myth "fat-melting" miracle cellulite procedures and creams, and also explains why liposuction has nothing to do with cellulite reduction.

In the first part of this series cellulite expert Georgios Tzenichristos presented four of the most common myths and misconceptions regarding cellulite.

This second part exposes the fallacy behind five "miracle cellulite solutions". Another seven cellulite myths will be presented on the third and fourth parts of this series.

Cellulite Myth #5: Cellulite can be reduced in two or three (usually very expensive) “lunchtime procedures”
This could not be further from the truth. No cellulite treatment can effectively reduce cellulite in one, two or even three sessions, regardless of how expensive that treatments is. “Do not believe the hype! If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true. The only thing that will be removed by two or three very expensive ‘miracle lunchtime cellulite removal procedures’ is your money,” warns Georgios, who has spent more than 10 years researching and treating cellulite.

“Even with the most effective cellulite treatment available today, and for cellulite of average severity, a course of at least 6 sessions is recommended, with 12 sessions being ideal for satisfactory results,” recommends Georgios, explaining that “your skin can not change after 2-3 anti-cellulite treatments or in 2-3 days, in much the same way that your muscles can not change with 2-3 exercise sessions or in 2-3 days. Your body needs repeated stimulation (anything between 6-24 sessions) over a period of time (ideally 1-3 months), if satisfactory, long-lasting results are to be expected. Therefore, any treatment that costs a small fortune per session does not make sense, unless you want to remortgage your house to pay for the necessary 12 sessions,” wryly comments Georgios.

Cellulite Myth #6: Some cellulite treatments can "melt the fat which is then naturally expelled by the body through the kidneys/liver"
Some providers of anti-cellulite treatments (typically laser, ultrasound, acoustic wave or radiofrequency-based treatments) and manufacturers of the relevant equipment, claim that these treatments can “melt” the fat which is then naturally “expelled” out of the body, through the kidneys or liver. This cannot be further from the truth, as any biologist or doctor knows. “Expecting to melt the fat with a machine and then go to the toilet to flash it away from the body is wishful thinking and does not exist - no more than Santa Claus exists, anyway,” comments Georgios.

The reality is that some of the above treatments do damage a certain amount of cellulite fat cells, with fat from those damaged fat cells spilling in the nearby tissues. This fat has then to be taken up by the lymphatic system and transported to the liver, muscles and other tissues where it has to burned for energy.

If the fat is not removed by the lymphatic system (as it happens quite often) it will be reabsorbed by adjacent undamaged fat cells and no improvement will be seen in the person’s cellulite.

Furthermore, the fat that is taken up by the lymphatic system away from the cellulite tissues, will end up being absorbed and stored in a fat cell somewhere else in the body, unless it gets burned for energy in the muscles, liver and other organs. Only a calorie deficit arising from more exercise and less eating can ensure that the released cellulite fat will be burned for energy and it will not return into the fat cells.

In summary, under no circumstances fat melts and then gets urinated away by the body, as many brochures and websites would have the public believe. This is why lymphatic stimulation massage, diet and exercise are so important in conjunction with cellulite treatments: because they help eliminate the fat released by the cellulite treatments.

Cellulite Myth #7: Laser treatment reduces cellulite
Laser treatment may work wonders for acne, hair removal, wrinkles or tattoo removal, but when it comes to cellulite it just does not work. This is because cold lasers, also known as low level lasers or “non-ablative” lasers, (i.e. lasers that do not damage the epidermis) are not nearly powerful enough and do not penetrate deep enough to have any discernible effect on cellulite.

Naturally, ablative lasers are not an option either, because they damage the epidermis. This controlled superficial damage of ablative lasers is fine when it comes to anti-ageing, as it stimulates the dermis to renew itself. However, cellulite is not superficial, it is found on the subdermis, i.e. the innermost layer of the skin, and by definition ablative lasers can not be used to treat it as they cannot reach so deeply without burning the rest of the skin in the process.

Cellulite Myth #8: Liposuction, smart lipo or vaser reduces cellulite
Surgical procedures, such as smart lipo (laser liposuction), vaser (ultrasound liposuction) or plain lipo, do effectively remove deep fat (storage fat) that lies deep under the skin. “However, cellulite is found in the subdermis which is an integral part of the structure of the skin, and thereby cannot be surgically removed without removing the skin itself,” explains Georgios. “In fact, liposuction can even make cellulite look worse, because by removing the fat underneath the skin, it makes the skin appear looser, exacerbating the dimple effect,” adds Georgios.

In fact, Georgios recommends anti-cellulite/skin firming treatments starting from the third week after liposuction in order for the skin to regain its firmness and elasticity and to remove any "lumps and bumps" (scar tissue) caused by the surgery.

Cellulite Myth #9: Some cellulite creams can reduce cellulite by 43% in 10 minutes
Ludicrous claims such as these have nothing to do with reality. Cellulite cannot be reduced by 47%, or any other imaginary percentile number, in 7-and-a-half or so minutes by a mere “anti-cellulite” serum, gel, lotion or cream, and such claims have no scientific base.

It is physiologically impossible to reduce cellulite in such a short period of time and to such an extent. This is yet another example of a “too good to be true” claim that the only thing it achieves is make women disappointed, suspicious and cynical.

Unfortunately, women influenced by misleading claims and articles, want to believe in such lies, even if these claims do not make any sense. Quite often Georgios is asked by new clients why can’t he promise “fat melting for complete cellulite removal with one or two laser lunchtime treatments,” or make similar promises along these lines, as many clinics and salons make.

His answer is pretty straightforward: “At LipoTherapeia we do not propagate such myths and we refuse to make fake promises to customers. The reason is simple: we want to be able to look at them in the eyes next time we see them. And most importantly we want them to recommend us to their friends, instead of complaining to them about us.” Simple reason, indeed.

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