Do Cellulite Massages Really Work?

By WD Staff April 2, 2019 No Comments

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Cellulite is a very common problem that many women experience during their lifetime regardless of their age, ethnicity, or physical fitness level. Cellulite appears as a dimpled or cratered appearance on the skin and usually occurs on the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. This “puckering” effect is caused by normal fat pushing against normal connective tissue bands under the surface of the skin. Differences in the amount or the quality of the fat or connective tissues dictate whether such puckering effect is pronounced.  While not at all harmful to one’s health, the appearance of cellulite may instill a negative body image.

There are many ineffective cellulite products or treatments which falsely tout their power to eliminate cellulite. One of the common questions we get from patients revolves around the efficacy of cellulite massages. Some quick online searches reveal many women discussing how a simple massage has smoothed out their cellulite. But is it really possible to massage cellulite away?

What is Cellulite Massage

A cellulite massage is a specialized massage that is described as a natural way to eliminate cellulite. Cellulite massages apply great pressure to areas of the skin affected by cellulite. This pressure is said to both break up toxins and fat while simultaneously improving blood circulation to the area. The overall theory is that it’s possible to manipulate the skin by physically spreading the pockets of fat cells evenly under the skin. As you can imagine, it would take a great amount of pressure to redistribute fat under the skin. Because of this many woman find cellulite massages to be pretty painful.

Do Cellulite Massages Work?

There’s great appeal to eliminating cellulite via a massage. How nice would it be to simply lay back and have a masseuse rub the dimpling away? In reality, cellulite massages will only provide a minimal short-term improvement. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, current massage techniques do not adequately address the structural component of cellulite. This makes it difficult to provide anything more than a mild or temporary result.

The final verdict: cellulite massages are a painful way to possibly get a small and temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite.

What Cellulite Removal Treatments Really Work?

Two effective ways to safely and effectively get rid of cellulite include:

Cellulaze: Cellulaze uses laser technology to disconnect the fibrous band of connective tissue that traps the fat causing dimpling (cellulite). At the same time, clinical studies show that the treatment builds collagen and elastin in the treatment area, thus improving the skin quality. In a study, 93% of patients surveyed were satisfied or very satisfied with their results one-year post-procedure. Learn more about Cellulaze

Subcision Surgery:  Subcision is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that works by cutting the fibrous bands beneath the skin, releasing the tension that causes cellulite. Using local anesthesia, a skilled dermatologist uses a specially designed needle to release the bands. Next, the subcutaneous fat below the skin’s surface is redistributed evenly to create a smooth surface. Learn more about Subcision


WD Staff

A united group of skin care specialists from Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, Austin's leader in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery. Articles posted under WD staff are authored through combined contributions from our entire team, including Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, Aestheticians, Physician Assistants, Aesthetic Nurses, and Patient Coordinators.


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