Can Liposculpture Make Cellulite Worse?

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Liposuction and cellulite

liposuction is not treatment for cellulite and it could make it worse.  Therefore liposuction or lipo laser is not treatment for cellulite

Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Yes, it can

Yes, it is true that cellulite can become more visible with liposuction if you already have cellulite. 

Liposuction May or May not Make Cellulite Worse

Preoperative obesity, cellulite, stretch marks, a history of constant weight change, or loose, sagging, inelastic skin, are problems which would tend toward poor results during a liposuction. In fact, these problems may be worsened by liposuction and may be best addressed by other procedures such as a leg or body lift (e.g. tummy tuck) for better results and outcomes. Basically, liposuction does not cause cellulite if performed correctly (in the right tissue plane and not removing excessive or uneven amounts), but the procedure may make existing cellulite more obvious or prominent.This is why the experience and talents of your plastic surgeon are so important.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction can make cellulite look worse.

Most of the time, if too aggressive liposuction can make cellulite actually look worse. I would recommend you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in liposuction to be examined and be sure you are a candidate and will have the results you desire. Best of luck.

Jaime Perez, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction and Cellulite?

Thank you for the question.

“Cellulite"  refers to irregularities that occurred on the surface of the skin. Liposuction will not cure cellulite; If well performed on a patient with elasticity and should not pick it worse either. Liposuction surgery is designed to   remove fat and improve contours.  Patients with severe cases of cellulite  will not benefit from liposuction surgery and may require skin excision (for example  tummy tuck or thigh lifting)  to achieve the desired results.

I tell all my patients that liposuction is not a “perfect science” and complications can occur even in the best of hands.

I hope this helps.

Liposuclupture and Cellulite

Liposculpture, (liposuction) is not a treatment for cellulite.  If done too aggressively in the areas with cellulite, it can make things worse.  There are many variables; degree of cellulite, skin elasticity, etc.  Hard to comment on your particular case without photos or exam.  Best to see at least three surgeons.  Look at his before/after photos.  Ask lots of questions.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Cellulite after liposuction

Liposuction does not treat cellulite in my opinion.  In certain case can make it worse, but usually it remains unchanged.  Without seeing a picture it is hard to know which you would be.

Liposculpture & liposuction and cellulite

I have observed that when liposculpture and liposuction are performed in individuals with cellulite. most often it remains unchanged. In other less occasions I have seen it become either better or worse. I know this sounds confusing but don't have liposuction to treat cellulite. 

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Liposculpture and Cellulite

There is no question that liposuction can make cellulite worse. That said, laser assisted liposculpture as with smartlipo liposculpture may improve cellulite and I have found that following the procedure with multiple sessions of fractional laser resurfacing adds to the improvement in results.

Edward Lack, MD
Chicago Dermatologist
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Liposculpture will not improve cellulite

Liposuction and liposculpture work on the fat that is deep to the layer of skin. For this reason, the can improve the contour of your body but will not affect the overlying skin. Cellulite is a process in the more superficial segment of the skin.

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