07/27/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Cellulite: Can There Be a Cure?

Cellulite -- the dimpled, uneven skin that mars the backsides and thighs of women everywhere -- is a scourge to bikini-wearers and a squelcher of lights-on romps in bed. No wonder the search for a solution has women shelling out millions.

But rumors of a cure are greatly exaggerated. "At this point, there is no outstanding treatment for cellulite," said Dr. Molly Wanner, an instructor in dermatology at Harvard Medical School and an author of an evidence-based review of existing treatments in 2008. A lasting remedy would have to address the interplay between skin, fat, connective tissue and underlying muscle.

In other words, curing cellulite requires nothing short of changing the structure of skin.