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    Does massage help reduce cellulite?

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    A friend of mine has weekly massages and said it is proven to help reduce cellulite. Is this true? Or can cellulite only be removed surgically?
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    Dr John Mahony

    Cosmetic Physician

    Dr John Mahony studied Medicine at Sydney University 1980-1984 graduating early 1985. Internship and residency years followed in the Illawarra, covering general medical and surgical … View Profile

    Massages may help to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite, but will not (or are very unlikely to) alter the essential process of cellulite.

    Then again, cellulite can't be merely “removed surgically” either.

    Of course, the approach must be first to be as fit and healthy as you can be. Paleo diet, daily exercise with a mix of strength and endurance work, etc.

    Get your body fat % as good as it can be in practical terms.


    Thereafter, various strategies are used to improve cellulite, with none being perfect.

    Massage, or VelaSmooth treatments, improve the appearance for a variable period.

    Sometimes mesotherapy will spot-treat the fatty bumps.

    Subsicion can be used to spot-treat specific little dips.

    Liposuction or similar can be used to de-volumise a specific area.

    You'll likely need a multi-pronged approach, planned with a doctor familiar with these modalities.

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