The two things we are guaranteed in this life are death and taxes. Well, maybe there is room for one more. It is a known fact that if you advertise a treatment that will get rid of cellulite, the women will beat down your door and cushion up your bank account faster than you can say cellulite.
With 90% of women in this country being affected by this unsightly hail storm look it is no wonder. We live in a beauty obsessed society where beauty is a multi-trillion dollar industry. And unfortunately, cellulite is one of those nasty things that does not come with a quick fix. Quick fixes are another obsession with American culture. We want it, and we want it now, and sadly, most of the time we are too lazy to work for it, especially if someone out there can tell us it will happen overnight – or close to it. Cellulite treatments are jumping on this bandwagon and risking everything to get the money in their pockets before you take a minute to think about it. Pry before you buy. The leading cellulite treatment in this country is an outright farce. There is a LOT you aren’t being told about it.
The Truth about Mesotherapy
Mesotherapy is the latest craze in cellulite treatment. It involves injecting what they call “medication” into your skin to target your fat. The medication is geared to cause fat cells to rupture and ultimately die. Patients typically go to a plastic surgeon or dermatology clinic and have about 60 injections on their target areas – hips, thighs, stomach, and butt. To get your first set of results, you will need about 5 treatments and they come in around $350 a pop. The so-called medication you are being injected with is not actually, it is a series of plant extracts and vitamins and is not a pharmaceutical such as the treatment centers will have you believe. What’s more is, you will need regular treatments, and you STILL need to diet and exercise in order to keep the fat off.
Why? Because fat cells don’t die, they can only shrink or grow. You will always have the same number of fat cells in your body even if you try and zap them with plant extracts. So you have to keep going to these expensive treatments and pay someone to shrink them for you, over and over again. Because if you don’t diet and exercise, the fat cells will grow back to their original size.
It gets better.
You will find millions of women on the Internet talking about how this has saved their lives in terms of weight loss. They’ve lost inches, pounds, and are happier than ever. And they don’t mind the repeat visits because for them, it works on a short-term basis. What you won’t find unless you spend a copious amount of time looking, is the very small print on the clinic websites, if they even print it at all.
This treatment is NOT FDA APPROVED.
Why? Because the FDA requires clinical research to prove a treatment is safe. Oh really? Did you catch that? That means that mesotherapy has NO CLINICAL RESEARCH TO PROVE IT IS SAFE. So really, all you know about it is that it works (on some people), for a little while, then you have to keep paying a LOT of money for it.
The fact is, that bona fide plastic surgeons won’t do the procedure at all for that reason alone, that it has not been proven safe. The University of Chicago’s David Song has stated that when you are injecting materials into your skin a host of problems could occur. These include allergic reactions, infection, anaphylaxis, or even cardiac failure.
The mere mention of possible cardiac problems should be enough to keep women from the treatment, but due to the quick fix testimonial nature of mesotherapy, the women keep flocking to the surgeons that WILL perform the procedure.
Yet other plastic surgeons are refuting this saying that there haven’t been any deaths on mesotherapy treatment and thus they continue with the service.
Excuse me? Do we have to wait until someone DIES to claim this is an unsafe treatment?
Bottom line, the purpose and function of the FDA is to make sure that in fact, noone will die from any treatments. So they pick and choose the ones they deem safe based on research and clinical trials. They do not wait for people to die and then tell you something is unsafe, and they do not assume a product or treatment is safe if there are no reported deaths. Bottom line.
Stay away from mesotherapy until the research has been done to prove it is okay to do so. There are other methods through which you can reduce the appearance of cellulite. You simply have to be a researched consumer. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get rid of cellulite, but you shouldn’t have to risk heart failure to do so.