Fighting Cellulite: 'Jean' Therapy to Creams

No cellulite treatments work permanently, but we keep trying them anyway

By R. Morgan Griffin
WebMD Feature

Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD

The world's relentless war on cellulite has a new front. This year, an Italian clothing company released the first line of anticellulite pants. As you casually sashay about town, the friction between your body and the jeans reportedly releases an anticellulite cream -- all for $139. Does it work? The world's dermatologists are unconvinced.

Jeans saturated with skin cream are only one of many remarkable cellulite treatments. We've all seen other miracle cures: creams, herbs, massage machines, and lasers. But let's cut to the chase: Is there any treatment out there that will get rid of cellulite?

"There's really nothing that works well," says Lisa Donofrio, MD, associate clinical professor of Dermatology at Yale University.

But this stark fact -- there is no cure for cellulite -- doesn't stop us from hoping and shelling out a lot of money. Even the most savvy and cynical among us tend to get wide-eyed and trusting when we read the claims on a tube of a miracle cream.

While there aren't any permanent cures, there are some cellulite treatments out there that might -- might -- help some people get temporary improvement. So to guide you in the right direction, here's a survey of what's out there: from the harmless (and maybe just a little bit effective) to the unproven and potentially dangerous.