Monday, April 27, 2009

Viagra cream for cellulite?

You'd think the media would have been shouting this story from the rooftops, but so far only the Entertainment and Showbiz blog has reported on it:

"The drug sildenafil has had mixed success as a drug for women, but according to Croatian researchers incorporating the stuff into a moisturiser could open up a whole new market, reports New Scientist."

Sildenafil is another word for Viagra.

" First, enzyme inhibitors like sildenafil had been shown to break down fat in test tubes, so it might do the same to fat deposited under the skin. And since Viagra famously boosts blood flow, a moisturizer containing the drug might break down fat and then whisk it away."

Here is a link to the original article, which was published last month in the journal Medical Hypotheses. Just like the title says, this is just a hypothesis, but an eye-catching one that might garner some big-time attention. It is estimated that 85% of women have some amount of cellulite, so it is a very common issue.

Dr. Jason Pozner
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center
Sanctuary Plastic Surgery

Dr. David J. Goldberg
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center
Skin Laser Surgery Specialists of NY/NJ

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