Written by Rachel Arieff
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Aminophylline is a drug called a bronchodilator, derived from an active ingredient called theophylline. Aminophylline has been traditionally used as a muscle relaxant, particularly to open up the bronchial airways in cases of bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema. Today, it is being added to popular cellulite-reducing creams and lotions. The idea behind aminophylline's role is that it can open up constricted fibers surrounding fat cells in cellulite.

In the case of cellulite, these constricted fat-containing fibers are attached to the skin layer above, and end up deforming the surface of the skin, creating dimples and bumps. The theory, then, is that aminophylline works to break down these deformed pieces of connective tissue in the fat layer, ultimately smoothing out the area into a more contoured, attractive appearance. The results reported from this type of therapy run the gamut, ranging from no noticeable changes to claims of major improvement.

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What must be said about aminophylline, as well as all other anti-cellulite treatments, is that it is never touted as being able to permanently get rid of cellulite. In fact, no permanent improvements have been recorded. What all cellulite-battling lotions share, at best, is the ability to temporarily improve the appearance of the problem cellulite area.

Bumps and pockmarks will never disappear completely, even for a while. However, many users report a noticeable improvement in the smoothness and uniformity of the skin in the problem area. For continued results, the product must applied regularly. Though this is a far cry from being getting rid of cellulite forever, it is enough of a breakthrough for many people to be very excited about anti-cellulite products.

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