The cold hard truth


Posted on March 1st, by Helen in Dermatological Advice, Expert Tips, Skincare, Treatments. 11 comments

The cold hard truth

Fact: 85 percent of women over age 20 have cellulite, according to a study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science. And while most us have become resigned to the fact that it’s there to stay, some women still put faith in creams and lotions.

Heck, I still have a bottle of  a Nivea’s Good-Bye Cellulite Gel-Cream in my bathroom. Shameful, I know. I asked two experts in the Yorkville area in downtown Toronto for The Skiny, or rather, tell us what we all intuitively know.

What our go-to derm Dr. Lisa Kellett says:

Consumers need to take cosmetic and health product claims with a grain of salt! They may hold clinical trials. That’s one thing. But whether there is evidence-based medicine to support it is something else. Evidence-based medicine is the “gold standard” for testing to ensure health-care products actually deliver desired results—and those results aren’t a matter of chance. And that’s what I think is missing in the creams on drugstore shelves. But people will believe what they want to believe. They want to believe there’s an easy fix. But there is no magic cream. None.

What Cate Moore, owner of  Tru Vitality clinic says:

Cellulite creams don’t work. Ever. Period. Cellulite creams claim to dissolve fat and that is physically impossible. The most important factors with cellulite are your genetic disposition and excess weight. Period. If creams worked, most of us would have gotten rid of our cellulite already. Having healthy skin without excess cellulite requires work and discipline, just like having a healthy body does, and even that is not a guarantee. I know we all want to do what makes us feel good, eat what we want, and never have any consequences…but that’s just not how life works. There are plenty of very thin women who suffer from cellulite and plenty of overweight women who do not. As a general rule, being overweight (having an excess of fat cells) is conducive to the appearance of cellulite, just as being fit and at your ideal weight is likely helpful. There are laser technologies that will help break up some of the fat but there is no miracle treatment, despite the fact that we all want one.

Current laser treatments available in Canada include: VelaShape ($300+), UltraShape ($900+), and the latest Cellulaze ($3000 to $5000), which was found in one small study done on 10 women, aged 42 to 52, to have greatly improved the appearance of cellulite after a year of treatments. Cellulaze uses a 1440 nanometer (nm) pulsed laser to target the subdermal layers of tissue to improve skin thickness and elasticity.