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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 62, n° 3
pages 373-384 (mars 2010)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2009.10.041
Continuing Medical Education

Treatment of cellulite : Part II. Advances and controversies

Misbah H. Khan, MD a, , Frank Victor, MD a, Babar Rao, MD a, Neil S. Sadick, MD b,
a Department of Dermatology at Robert-Wood Johnson University Hospital, University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey, Somerset, New Jersey 
b Department of Dermatology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York 

Reprint requests: Misbah H. Khan, MD, or Neil S. Sadick, MD, Sadick Dermatology and Sadick Research Group, 911 Park Ave, Ste 1A, New York, NY 10075.

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.

Learning objectives

After completing this learning activity, participants should be able to understand the wide range of treatments available for localized adiposities including, but not limited to, cellulite-prone areas, know the differences in their mechanisms of action and be able to make the most appropriate decision for patient care, and discuss and understand newer treatments for cellulite that are still being investigated along with the physiologic and biochemical basis for their mechanisms of action.

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Key words : carboxy therapy, cryolipolysis, endermologie, laser lipolysis, liposuction, mesotherapy, subcision, ultrasonic fat destruction

Abbreviations used : AR, BAT, BMI, c-AMP, EMR, FDA, LED, MRI, Nd:YAG, PPAR, RF, UCP-1, WAT

 Funding sources: None.
 Conflicts of interest: Dr Sadick and the Sadick Research Group work with Syneron on clinical studies of their equipment seeking approval by the US Food and Drug Administration. In exchange, Sadick Dermatology receives discounted equipment. The other authors, editors, and peer reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to declare.

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