Are Cellulite Creams Effective? – No, But Here Is What Works Instead!

Sun’s out, guns out. Skies out, thighs out. Summer is here! You know what that means, time to hit the pool (but first, lather on the sun screen) and debut your swimsuit body (AKA any body with a swimsuit on it). 

Around this time of year, the number of women Googling “Are cellulite creams effective?” and “how do I get rid of my cellulite?” skyrockets. The answer to that first question is somewhere between no and “kind of” – temporarily. 

This is what you need to know about cellulite before you start rubbing expensive creams all over yourself: 

You probably already know what cellulite looks like, either from your own body or from the gossip magazines at the grocery store. The truth is that, no matter how much Photoshopped images try to convince us otherwise, 90% of women have cellulite. It is perfectly normal, very natural, and nothing to be overly concerned about. 

Cellulite occurs most often on the hips, thighs, butt, and abdomen. Having cellulite does not mean that you need to lose weight, nor does it mean that you are unhealthy. The appearance of cellulite is caused by the way that women’s bodies naturally store fat for survival.

Humans naturally have a layer of fat under the skin in order to provide insulation and cushioning. Sometimes, fibrous bands made of collagen form between the muscle and the skin. When these pull the skin down and divide the subdermal fat into pockets, you get the appearance of cellulite.

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What is Cellulite, Exactly? 

There are several factors that will determine if you will have cellulite: 

  1. Genetics – Unless it skips a generation, you will likely have cellulite if your mother did.
  1. Pregnancy and normal weight gain – Gaining fat is not the sole cause of cellulite, nor is losing it the only solution. However, when you gain fat for any reason, the layer of fat under the skin becomes thicker. This makes the pockets of fat and the dimpling effect more pronounced. 
  1. Hormones – Whether from pregnancy, birth control, natural fluctuations, or a thyroid condition, hormones have all kinds of strange effects on the skin. If your hormones are telling your body to store more fat, it will likely contribute to more cellulite. 
  1. Diet – This does not mean that the solution is to crash diet and cut out all the foods that bring you joy. In the same way that certain food might make your stomach upset, some foods may have inflammatory effects that make your cellulite worse. If you notice that a food doesn’t make you feel great, consider cutting it out. Both your stomach and your skin will thank you. 
  1. You Are AFAB (Assigned Female At Birth) – While it is possible for people assigned male at birth to have cellulite, it is much more common in people who are assigned female at birth. This is due to the way that female-coded bodies store and process fat. An estimated 80 to 90% of women have cellulite, so if you are female, there is a big chance that you will have it too. 

Are Cellulite Creams Effective?

The answer is somewhere on the spectrum between “no” and “kind of”. Here’s why: certain cellulite creams can be effective to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. However, there is no cream on the market that is clinically proven to make cellulite go away entirely. At best, any cellulite cream you try will work temporarily. At worst, it will do nothing and you are out between $20 and $200. 

If you are determined to try a cellulite cream, there are a few things that will make them more effective in the short term. One ingredient is retinol. For a cream to have any hope of improving your cellulite, it will need to have at least .03% retinol. This can be challenging because a lot of creams don’t disclose the amount of retinol on the label. 

The reason why retinol can work to temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite is because it promotes collagen production, which thickens and tightens the skin. If skin is thicker, it is harder to see the effects from the underlying pockets of fat and fibrous tissues.

However, retinol creams are not for everyone. Even if the answer to “are cellulite creams effective?” was a resounding yes (which it isn’t), you would still have to put up with the side effects of retinol. Things like sun sensitivity, dryness, peeling, and redness make retinol the last resort for many people who want to tackle their skin issues. 

Another active ingredient in some cellulite creams is caffeine. If applied every day, it can slightly reduce the appearance of cellulite by increasing blood flow to the area. Increased blood flow can change the makeup of the fat under the skin, which may reduce the appearance of cellulite. 

In short, if you are asking “are cellulite creams effective?” the answer is not really. Even while they can provide a temporary improvement, it can take up to 6 months to see the results. There are much easier ways to handle your cellulite. 

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Are Cellulite Creams Effective? No. But Here’s What Is

If cellulite creams are not effective, then what is? When it comes to your cellulite, you have a few different options. 

Option 1: Embrace the Cellulite

It is not very productive to dislike your body, especially the things about it that you have no control over. This is the approach that Demi Lovato took when it came to their cellulite. Lovato recently posted an unedited photo in a bikini that showcases the cellulite on their butt and thighs. They captioned the photo with the phrase “celluLIT” and stated that they are “unashamed, unafraid, and proud to own a body that has fought through so much.”

There is no rule that you have to do anything about your cellulite. If you are happy in your body, then great! There is no wrong way to have a body, nor should you ever have to apologize for the natural way your body stores fat. 

Option 2: QWO – The Injectable For Cellulite

The FDA recently approved QWO as a treatment for cellulite. While injections to treat cellulite are nothing new – like Botox – this may be the first one to actually be effective at addressing the root cause of cellulite. 

Cellulite is caused by bands of fibrous tissue, made of collagen, that separates subdermal fat into pockets and pulls the skin down towards the underlying muscle. Instead of merely obscuring the appearance of cellulite by thickening the skin, QWO disrupts these bands. An enzyme in QWO is designed to target collagen types 1 and 3 to break up these bands. Once the bands are loosened, the skin will no longer appear dimpled. 

The only downside to QWO is that it takes up to 12 injections for a single treatment. If you have a significant amount of cellulite that you want gone, QWO may prove expensive and inefficient. 

Option 3: A California Buttlift™ at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic 

A lot of people hear “buttlift” and immediately think of a Brazilian Butt Lift. However, Dr. Nadir Qazi’s unique California Buttlift™ procedure is neither surgical, nor is it only for enlarging the size of your behind. This procedure is actually very effective at reducing the appearance of cellulite. 

There are 2 parts to a California Buttlift™: the first is an injection of Radiesse filler; the second is a quick session with the HD Sculpt™ system. When done together, the procedure effectively tightens the thighs, lifts the butt, and improves the texture of the skin. However, if you are only looking to treat your cellulite, then all you need is an injection of Radiesse filler. Once injected, the dermal filler will create instant volume to hide the appearance of dimpled skin as well as stimulate collagen production to improve skin texture. 

Patients in Orange County love Radiesse cellulite treatment because it is infinitely more effective than any cellulite cream, it is fast and non-invasive, it works great, and it can last for 2 to 3 years. 

Which Cellulite Option Is Right For Me?

Now that you know the answer to the question “are cellulite creams effective?” is a resounding No, you can begin to think how you want to approach your cellulite. If you are ready to pull a Demi Lovato and embrace your natural, unfiltered “celluLIT,” go for it! 

However, if you are not quite there yet, then Dr. Qazi can help. Sometimes we know that our bodies are perfect just the way they are, but we still focus on flaws that hurt our confidence, ruin a perfectly good time, and make us dislike our bodies. Sometimes the best fix for low self esteem is to address the root of the problem in order to bring your confidence back. 

The ideal candidate for cellulite treatment with Radiesse or QWO is anyone – regardless of gender – who does not like their cellulite and wants it gone. Because both treatment options are non-surgical, nearly anyone can get the procedure. To find out which is the right treatment for you, schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic. 

The California Buttlift™ With Radiesse For Cellulite

When you come to Qazi Cosmetic Clinic to treat your cellulite, this is what you can expect: 

  1. The first step is to schedule a consultation to find out if this procedure is right for you. This is your time to ask questions, discuss your goals, and learn how Dr. Qazi can help. 
  1. Once it is decided that the procedure is right for treating your cellulite, you will be given instructions for how to prepare. These vary by person, but Dr. Qazi always tells patients to stop taking blood thinners before the procedure. Because injections are involved, blood thinners could increase the risk of bruising the bleeding at the time of the injection. 
  1. When you arrive for the procedure, you will be taken to a sterile treatment room. If you have any concerns or worries, let Dr. Qazi know right away. 
  1. Depending on your goals, the actual treatment will go one of two ways. If you only want to treat your cellulite, then Dr. Qazi will apply a numbing cream to the treatment area. Once it kicks in, he will strategically inject Radiesse filler into the area that you want to treat. 
  1. The results from the filler will be instantly noticeable in the form of increased volume. This will obscure your cellulite a little, but you will need to wait 3 to 6 months for the effects of the collagen to kick in. 
  1. After 6 months, you will be able to enjoy the full results of the treatment. These results will last between 2 and 3 years depending on how well you care for the treatment area. After your body metabolizes the filler, you will need a follow up appointment to get fresh injections to continue to hide your cellulite. 
  1. If you want to treat your cellulite and achieve a firmer, more rounded behind, then the treatment includes a second part. The next step is a session with Dr. Qazi’s HD Sculpt™ system. This device uses rapid, high-intensity energy waves to stimulate muscle contractions. It isn’t cheating, nor is it the easy way out. It is just a more efficient way to work out your muscles. Instead of spending months doing squats, HD Sculpt™ can help you condense that into a 30 minute session. 
  1. When you get the HD Sculpt™ treatment, you will notice an increase in muscle tone, a more lifted appearance, and reduced fat in the treatment area. Because it uses your muscles to do the work, the results are 100% real and they 100% count towards your gains. 
  1. Your results will be final 6 to 8 weeks after the treatment. You are recommended to continue with your gym routine. Most patients require multiple sessions to achieve and maintain their results. 
  1. Whether you are getting the full California Buttlift™ treatment or just getting Radiesse injections to treat your cellulite, you will be safe to drive yourself home immediately after. Because both treatments are non-invasive, there is no downtime, few health risks, and you are safe to go right back to work or school. 

Find a Treatment That Is Effective At Getting Rid of Your Cellulite 

If you don’t think that your cellulite is Lit and want it gone, Dr. Qazi can help! Since the answer to “are cellulite creams effective?” is No, there is no need to waste your time and money on them.

The best way to kiss your cellulite goodbye is to get a clinically proven treatment from an experienced cosmetic physician. Schedule a consultation to learn more about what cellulite treatment is right for you.