What Cellulite Treatment Works Best? Does Severity in Cellulite Effect Noticeable Results?

I am 26 years old and very health conscious. I'm 5'5" 125lbs with quite a bit of muscle. I work out a lot but I can't get rid of my cellulite. I have it on the backs of my thighs and my butt. In certain lighting you really can't see it at all, but in others it's pretty apparent. I've had it since I was 16. My questions are: 1) Which treatment is the most effective and long-lasting? 2) Will the fact that my cellulite is on the less severe side mean that my results will be more or less apparent?

Doctor Answers 18

Cellulite Buttocks and Thighs

Cellulite treatments for the thighs may work to some degree.
The external devices require multiple treatments and periodic maintenance.
The Cellulaze laser attacks cellulite from three angles.  It usually improves mild to moderate cellulite of the thighs with one treatment.
Cellulite of the buttocks may be better treated with fat injections without incisional surgery.
Please consult in person with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon prior to making treatment decisions.

New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Cellulite treatment with Vaser Smooth

Vaser Smooth is a minimally invasive surgery that use internal ultrasonic waves to treat cellulite, by using a small probe beneath the skin into the dermis and the fatty tissue. 

I think one of the difficult issues about cellulite is the correct diagnosis, in order to provide an adequate treatment, because the therapy might be very depending on the individual case:

Primary cellulite shows two components: one is extra fat that is pushing the skin up, the second is the retaining ligaments (retinacula cutis) are pushing it down. If this is your case, a superficial release of this ligaments and fat reduction is indicated. Vaser Smooth  can provide both fat reduction and the ligament release. 

Secondary cellulite is related to skin laxity. Also, in this case, the Vaser smooth can provide some skin retraction that will reduce cellulite. However, in secondary cellulite, fat extraction is not necessary. The Vaser Smooth can produce some skin retraction to improve the appearance of the skin.

Alfredo Hoyos, MD
Colombia Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Best Cellulite Treatment

It is my opinion that there is no cellulite treatment that permanently works.  Yes, there may be some temporary improvement, but the results at 5 to 9 months are nil.   If you want to spend your hard earned dollars for limited temporary improvement then you may be happy.  I do think the Vaser people are very meticulous and honest, so if you really want to try something seek out the Vaser Smooth.   If your expectation are in order Vaser is the best choice.  My Best, Dr C




George Commons, MD
Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Consider Cellulaze

Cellulaze is a FDA approved one time treatment that utilizes a 1440 nm wavelength laser to accomplish 3 things:  1) melt away fat bulging out 2) break up fibrous septae (attachments) that create the indentations and 3) help thicken the dermis (skin) to prevent future recurrence.   The procedure can take between 60-90 minutes and can be completed under local or just IV sedation (depending on the length of your procedure and number of areas being treated). To see your final results takes between 3-6 months. You can visit the cellulaze . com website to learn more about the procedure and find a plastic surgeon who performs the procedure near you. Best of luck!
Dr. Basu
Houston, TX

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 209 reviews


Thank you for your question. I think you would be a good candidate for VaserShape. Vasershape is a non-invasive treatment that combines ultrasound and massage to smooth the body and help temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. VASERshape is safe and effective on both males and females with little-to-no pain or downtime. Schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to be better evaluated. Best of luck!Double board certified 
Plastic surgeon
Hoffman Estates 

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Cellulite Treatments

Thank you for your question.

For treating #cellulite, my office typically recommends one of three treatment plans: #Cellfina, #VelaShape III, #ThremiSmooth.

#Cellfina is the newest technology and probably most effective. It is a minimally invasive one-time procedure under local anesthetic that removes the fibrous bands under the skin that cause fat to bulge through creating the appearance of cellulite. The results are fairly #permanent.

#VelaShape and #ThermiSmooth are #non-invasive #bodyshaping products that can help reduce the appearance of your cellulite over the course of multiple sessions.

Book an in-person consultation with a #BoardCertified #PlasticSurgeon to determine which treatment plan is right for you.

Best of luck.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Cellfina is the ONLY Effective Cellulite Treatment That Works!

There is only one truly effective and proven lasting cellulite treatment out there, and that is CELLFINA. All of the other lotions, potions, creams, treatments, radio frequency devices, including Cellulaze, are at best, mediocre, and, in many cases, completely worthless. Cellulaze is a laser-based procedure that has a much higher complication rate, as well as a much lower patient satisfaction rate, so that answer is pretty clear. CELLFINA is the only cellulite treatment that has a proven track record of 96% patient satisfaction at 2 years post treatment. Nothing else is even remotely as effective as Cellfina. I have attached a link to my website, explaining how this remarkable system works. There are patient testimonials and schematics reviewing the details of this remarkable breakthrough treatment. Also, Cellfina is a single session procedure that is done under local anesthesia with little to no pain! Thank you for your excellent question.

Steven M. Gitt, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Cellulite Treatments and Thermage

I have been very impressed by the new total tip from Thermage with CPT technology.  Through radio frequency heat, the skin tightens and new collagen is formed.  This technology is effective on many areas of the body including the face/neck, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and arms.  If you are younger, your body will form more collagen and the procedure will work even better.  Thermage is great in that it is painless and noninvasive.  Please find a board certified dermatologist with a lot of experience in Thermage for the best results.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Cellulaze is most effective for cellulite

Hello. You sound like a potentially good candidate for Cellulaze. It is without question the most effective treatment for cellulite, but happy patients are those with realistic expectations on what a procedure will and won't do. Cellulaze is not a cure or perfect treatment by any means. It will definitely improve on cellulite - mild cellulite is probably easier to improve upon than severe cellulite. Look at a lot of before and after photos to get a realistic idea of what the procedure can do for you. It is a one time treatment which is a plus but remember regardless of what anyone tells you there are no guarantees in results with cosmetic surgery. Results with Cellulaze will definitely depend on the skill and understanding of the technology of the physician so do your homework and find a board certified plastic surgeon with an expertise in Cellulaze in your area. Good luck!

M. Dean Vistnes, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Cellulaze is the best way to go

i personally think cellulaze is the best treatment. i do it in the office and patients return to work the next day. nothing can get rid of cellulite but many women have been helped by Cellulaze treatment. i think it is the only effective treatment. it is important to know that it may take 2 weeks to 2 months to start to see any improvement and that the improvement can continue for more than 6 months. There definitely is a genetic aspect to developing cellulite which you cannot do anything about. however, there is finally a treatment which appears to help many, but not all women, with cellulite.


david berman md

plastic surgeon, northern va, 

David E. Berman, MD
Sterling Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

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