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The net has recently been abuzz over paparazzi pics of actress and underwear spokesmodel Jennifer Love Hewitt. The images show Love Hewitt's hips dimpled with the dermatological divots known as cellulite. For those genetically prone, fatty tissue in the thighs and buttocks is tethered by fibrous bands that create the bumpy appearance. Unlike previous episodes where potentially unflattering photos have been ignored by their superstar subjects, the ghost whispering starlet chose to shout, urging society to re-examine our perspective on women's bodies. But an equally important question has not been addressed: Why wasn't her condition treated in the first place?

A simple online search will reveal any number of hyped treatments for cellulite. The full bore of technology has been harnessed to defeat this enemy. Mechanical interventions like endermologie purport to flatten the bumps. Lasers combined with radiofrequency blasts promise to reduce the rolls. Studies of mesotherapy in particular show minimal transient benefit after several sessions. Makers of topical non-prescription lotions actually have the audacity to use the term "cure" in their marketing.

From supplements to laser treatments to mesotherapy, stars who share Love Hewitt's tendency to the heartbreak of cellulite could certainly financially afford an intervention. TV actors like Mischa Barton, film femmes like Sharon Stone, tabloid royalty like Britney all share an incentive to eradicate the thigh bumps and regain cobble-free contours. The reason these photos exist at all? Because none of the above treatments have been proven to make a significant impact. If it was as simple as buying a cellulite banishing balm, the celeb photogs would not have so much material to publish.

So keep checking back here for updates. If a breakthrough occurs in the battle against Hollywood's most hated foe, we'll let you know.

More on celeb skin issues at skinema.com.