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Doctors weigh in: Do RF devices reduce cellulite?

Article-Doctors weigh in: Do RF devices reduce cellulite?

New York — The Wall Street Journal reports that professional opinions differ as to the effectiveness of radio-frequency energy devices in reducing deposits of cellulite.

The Journal notes while some research suggests the effectiveness of such treatments, some physicians are less than enthusiastic. For example, Mathew M. Avram, M.D., director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Dermatology, Laser & Cosmetic Center, is quoted as saying, “The improvement tends to be modest and temporary.”

Other doctors, reports the article, are even more skeptical about RF devices. “I don’t feel it’s been studied well enough, and scientifically it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me,” the Journal quotes Lisa Donofrio, M.D. as saying. Dr. Donofrio is associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine.

On the other hand, some doctors are strong proponents. The Journal reports that Manhattan dermatologist Lori Brightman, M.D., who has tested several such devices, says she is impressed despite her initial skepticism.

However, agreement was reported among physicians with regard to patient selection: the devices work best in patients who are of normal weight (or at most 20 percent overweight) and who have a healthy lifestyle. People with extensive fat dimpling and significant loose skin, they say, aren’t particularly good candidates.

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