The latest trend in Los Angeles, becoming increasingly popular among young starlets striving for the perfect body, is the cellulite hunt.
Who's to blame? All the magazines who love to feature celebs' thighs and booties on their covers, magnifying every little defect and mocking their supposed cellulite.
In short, the "cottage cheese" look on one's thighs is quite disdained in Hollywood.
Celebrities who've made it to the top are already stressed, and constantly under pressure to remain perfect. Anyone trying to earn a place among them has no choice - they've got to be perfect too!
So, following soy extract injections (Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston) to eliminate excess fat, here's the latest: carbon gas injections - yes, you read correctly - CO2 under your skin.
I had the "pleasure" of trying out this new therapy for you for a TV documentary. Always a guinea pig, I was game to try the CO2 injections. Let me tell you, overall, it is VERY painful. Dozens of injections are required and you can't really numb the skin because it needs to "react" as I was told by the doctor who injected me. Basically, you have to suffer to be beautiful.
What's more, at least 6 sessions are required for the small chance of never seeing your cellulite again.
Cost? More than $1500 - and that's with no guarantee that it will work.
Danger? With regards to the studies which prove that this method works to eliminate cellulite, they've all been financed by the manufacturers themselves, so you'd be right to doubt as to how harmless this procedure really is on the long term.
Conclusion: Avoid carboxytherapy for the moment until more serious studies have been conducted!