New research shows the appearance of cellulite can be improved while thigh circumference reduced, after application of a low-level, dual-wavelength laser energy and massage device.

Subjects with mild-to-moderate cellulite enrolled in this multicenter study. Their right or left thighs received eight treatments with a low-level, dual-wavelength laser and massage device. The untreated contralateral thigh served as a control.

Circumferences of the upper, middle, and lower thighs (treated and untreated) were measured before the fifth and eighth treatments and one month after the final treatment, according to an abstract published on

Reduction in thigh circumference of the treated areas exceeded those of the control areas for the upper, middle, and lower thigh in most subjects.

“Reduction in thigh circumference and improvement in the appearance of cellulite with dual-wavelength, low-level laser energy and massage” is running in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy.

Editor’s note: see the June printed issue of MASSAGE Magazine for the Expert Advice column’s exploration of body contouring with massage devices.