So what's the big buzz on aminophylline and cellulite? In case you haven't heard, aminophylline is slowly making a name for itself as an effective ingredient in fighting cellulite.
What is aminophylline, and is it really the new breakthrough in cellulite treatment?
Read on to learn more.
Aminophylline is a medication usually prescribed for asthma patients. It is a bronchodilator which opens the lung passageway. Aminophylline works by relaxing muscles in your lungs and chest to allow more air in. As an oral medication, aminophylline must be prescribed by a doctor.
However, many people are using aminophylline topically to reduce cellulite. When used topically, aminophylline does not require a prescription.
You may be wondering what an asthma medication does to fight cellulite.
The claims are that aminophylline applied topically to the skin dissolve fat on contact.
Is this true? Well, not necessarily. Aminophylline when applied topically works to dehydrate skin. It reduces the appearance of cellulite by eliminating excess water in skin so that cellulite affected areas appear firmer and smoother. It's sort of like taking a diuretic to lose weight -- it's not really fat that you're losing, but water.
Cellulite treatments using aminophylline must be used on a continuous basis to maintain desired results. Once use is discontinued, any water ingested will be reabsorbed into the cellulite affected area. So the changes aminophylline causes in your cellulite are definitely temporary.
Unfortunately most successful claims derive from testimonials. There has been no objective evidence to prove that aminophylline works to reduce cellulite. In fact, all the studies to test aminophylline have been conducted by professionals promoting aminophylline in their products. One aminophylline study which gained much notoriety was published in Obesity Research. They claimed a positive reduction of cellulite with aminophylline use. However, the validity of the claims can be put into question since one of the authors was marketing an aminophylline cream being sold at the time.
Doubt about aminophylline's capability in reducing cellulite was also published in the journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The study tested three different cellulite treatments, including aminophylline. Researchers investigated the effects of three groups of women.
One group received endermologie treatments, the second group received a placebo cream, and the third group was treated with aminophylline cream. The conclusion was, there was no statistical difference in measurements between legs for any of the treatment groups.
In addition, aminophylline is associated with some pretty serious side effects. Heart palpitations and anxiety, and, in extreme cases, respiratory failure are associated with aminophylline (primarily when taken internally).
Overall, aminophylline appears not to be the answer for cellulite, despite the fact it appears in so many cellulite creams.