Treatment of cellulite: Part II. Advances and controversies

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 Mar;62(3):373-84; quiz 385-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2009.10.041.


Treatments for localized adiposities range from topical creams to liposuction. Most treatments lack a substantial proof of efficacy. The unpredictable treatment outcome can be related to the fact that cellulite adipose tissue is physiologically and biochemically different from subcutaneous tissue found elsewhere in the body. Part II of this two-part series on cellulite reviews the various treatment options that are currently available for human adipose tissue including, but not limited to, cellulite. It also focuses on newer techniques that can be potentially useful in the future for the treatment of cellulite.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ablation Techniques
  • Adipose Tissue / surgery*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lipectomy / adverse effects
  • Lipolysis / drug effects
  • Low-Level Light Therapy / methods
  • Male
  • Massage
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors / agonists
  • Phosphatidylcholines / therapeutic use
  • Radiofrequency Therapy
  • Ultrasonic Therapy
  • Weight Loss


  • Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors
  • Phosphatidylcholines