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3 Cellulite Treatments That Don’t Work (and One That Does!)
April 24, 2023

Woman rubbing cellulite cream on legs.

Everyone wants smooth skin without a dimple in sight, especially with summer right around the corner. Unfortunately, up to 90% of women experience cellulite. Because so many of us are living with cellulite, it’s no wonder the cellulite treatment market is estimated to be a $1.25 billion industry.

With so many options available, it’s hard to know which treatments are effective and which ones simply don’t work. Luckily, advanced options are available that truly deliver results.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite results from pockets of fat distributed around fibrous tissue under the surface of the skin. It results in a bumpy or dimpled appearance. While fat accumulation plays a part, the key problem that results in uneven skin is the hard, fibrous tissue. Cellulite results from a number of causes, including genetics, lifestyle, and hormones.

Cellulite Treatments with Questionable Results

Unfortunately, cellulite is notoriously difficult to treat, and many cellulite treatments are unreliable. Let’s look at some treatments that don’t quite live up to the hype.

OTC Creams

Many people turn to over-the-counter (OTC) creams as an easy and affordable option to reduce the appearance of cellulite. These creams typically contain ingredients like caffeine, retinol, or antioxidants, which are said to improve circulation, tighten the skin, or break down fat cells.

Why They Don’t Work

OTC creams may provide temporary skin tightening. However, they cannot penetrate deep enough to address the root cause of cellulite—connective tissue and fat deposits. As a result, any improvements in the appearance of cellulite are likely to be minimal and short-lived, and you must continue to apply the creams consistantly to maintain any visible results.


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from the area of body receiving treatment. Some people turn to liposuction in hopes of getting rid of cellulite, believing that removing the fat will eliminate the dimpled appearance.

Why It Doesn’t Work

Although liposuction is excellent at removing fat from the body, it doesn’t address the underlying structural issues that cause cellulite, such as fibrous connective tissue. In fact, liposuction can sometimes worsen the appearance of cellulite by creating irregular contours or loose skin, especially if the procedure is not performed correctly. This is why if you do choose liposuction, you should seek an experienced expert.

Diet and Exercise

A healthy diet and regular exercise can play a role in improving the overall appearance of your skin and body. By reducing body fat, toning muscles, and increasing circulation, diet and exercise can help you look better and feel better.

Why It’s Not Enough

While diet and exercise are a good idea for overall health and they can improve the look of your skin, they can’t completely eliminate cellulite. Since cellulite is a complex issue, even the most dedicated fitness and nutrition regimen can only do so much. In other words, even slim people can have cellulite.

Venus Legacy: The Game-Changing Cellulite Treatment

So, what does work? Enter Venus Legacy—an innovative, non-surgical treatment that addresses the root causes of cellulite and delivers impressive results.

How It Works

Venus Legacy combines radiofrequency energy with pulsed electromagnetic fields to heat the deep layers of the skin and underlying tissue. This stimulates collagen production and breaks down the fibrous bands that cause cellulite. This process smooths and tightens the skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite while also promoting overall skin health.

Why It’s Effective

Unlike OTC creams and liposuction, Venus Legacy targets the root causes of cellulite. This means it is a more effective and long-lasting solution. It is a non-invasive, relatively painless treatment that requires minimal downtime, making it an attractive option for those looking to reduce the appearance of cellulite without undergoing surgery or committing to a lifelong regimen of creams.

Most people see noticeable results after just one session, with optimal results typically achieved after a series of 3-4 treatments spaced a few weeks apart.

Is Venus Right for You?

OTC creams, liposuction, and diet and exercise may offer some temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite, but they often fall short of providing long-lasting, effective results. If you are tired of trying cellulite treatments that don’t deliver on their promises, maybe it’s time to consider Venus Legacy.

Schedule a consultation with one of our experts to help determine if Venus Legacy is the answer to your cellulite problems.