Does Liposuction Get Rid of Cellulite?

Does liposuction work to get rid of cellulite? If so, which type of lipo is the most effective?

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Liposuction and cellulite deposits

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Liposuction can improve cellulite deposits on the body.  However, I have found excellent results with a treatment I developed known as BCT in which the cellulite is permanently corrected with minimal downtime.


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Cellfina/Cellulite Treatment/Ultherapy/Thermi RF/Body Contouring/ Hi Definition Procedures

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Cellfina is an FDA approved minimally invasive procedure that reduces the appearance of cellulite for at least two years on the buttocks and back of the thighs of women.

It works by releasing the internal bands that cause the cellulite dimpling and so we have not seen any fat atrophy. You should not see much of a difference with weight gain or loss but this also has not been studied.

Other areas of the body with dimpling, it is important to make sure it is truly cellulite before treatment.

It is common to have swelling bruising and firmness after the procedure. This can last for a few weeks.

It is different than Cellulaze which is a laser. 

If you have had previous poor results with cellulaze, you can still do Cellfina.

Cellfina has shown 100% noticeable improvement and 96% satisfaction in all patients at 2 years. 

Cellfina is designed to be a one time procedure. 

It can be used on women with all skin types but caution should be taken if theres a history of keloiding.

It can also be combined with other treatments such as Thermi or

Ulthera if skin tightening is needed.

We have done Sculpsure and Coolsculpting if fat reduction is wanted, but its best to wait 3 months to see the results before proceeding.

It can also be done at the same time as other procedures such as liposuction and BBL or as a stand alone procedure in the office.

Since Cellfina outcomes can be based on technique and experience, please see a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes body contouring to see if Cellfina or other treatments are available to meet your goals. 

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Dr. Schwartz 

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Using Liposuction to Treat Cellulite

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Liposuction has some terrific benefits, but unfortunately treating cellulite is not among them. Cellulite is caused by damaged fatty tissue that accumulates below the surface of the skin. This tissue pushes through the connective tissue, leading to the appearance of cellulite. Liposuction is sometimes able to reduce the appearance of cellulite, but patients should not count on this result. I personally recommend Cellulaze™ Cellulite Treatment for patients who want to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite

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Although some patients demonstrate some improvement in cellulite after liposuction, many patients do not, and some can exhibit worsening of their cellulite. Liposuction does not have to be avoided for fat reduction if someone has cellulite but patients should not expect reduction in their cellulite if they undergo liposuction to reduce fat.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Smartlipo will tighten the skin

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Smartlipo is a great procedure that will help to remove unwanted fat deposits. It will also help to tighten the skin while removing the fat. Cellulaze is the best procedure to get rid of cellulite. It is minimally invasive and has the ability to smooth out skin and keep it cellulite-free.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite

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If you truly have cellulite, the cellulaze may be a good option for you. Cellulaze uses a laser under the skin to attack the anatomic causes of cellulite. It is a minimally invasive procedure that takes 1-2 hours and can be safely done  under local or just IV sedation.  It is an FDA approved treatment for cellulite and requires only one treatment.  Hope this is helpful.

Dr. Sugene Kim

Liposuction Does NOT get rid of Cellulite

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Liposuction Does not get Rid of Cellulite

In fact, obesity, cellulite, stretch marks, a history of back and forth weight change, or

loose, sagging, inelastic skin, are problems which would tend toward worse results during liposuction. These problems may be worsened by this procedure and may be best addressed by other surgeries such as a leg or body lift if you have redundant skin as well (e.g. tummy tuck) to improve your appearance. 

I would recommend considering a laser surgery treatment called Cellulaze that was recently approved by the FDA last year to get rid of your cellulite. This procedure is proven to show better results even after only one session. The outcome lasts one year or longer, but you may need follow-up sessions depending on the results.

 

Liposuction not for cellulite

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Liposuction is not used for the treatment of cellulite.  You should consider Cellulaze for cellulite.  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

Cellulaze Best for Cellulite Reduction

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Thank you for your question. I would not suggest undergoing liposuction to reduce cellulite. Instead, I would suggest Cellulaze. Cellulaze is the only minimally invasive laser procedure designed to attack the structure of cellulite beneath your skin. It delivers longer-lasting results after only one short treatment. It is the first and only cellulite laser treatment that treats the actual problems underneath the skin to deliver a proven longer-lasting result from just one simple treatment. Cellulaze is backed by many years of clinical research. Studies have shown it increases the thickness of your skin by 25% and the elasticity of your skin by 29%—significant claims that haven't been made by any other treatments. Thicker and more elastic skin can help flatten and smooth the skin surface to improve the appearance of cellulite. In addition, 93% of patients surveyed were satisfied or very satisfied with their results at one year post their procedure, and all would recommend the Cellulaze cellulite laser treatment to a friend.

Lipo generally does not eliminate cellulite.

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Cellulite generally remains unchanged, and occasionally is accentuated, by liposuction.  The majority of my patients choose to combine a full course of Endermologie with the liposuction procedure.  In addition to improving cellulite, this also helps them get better results faster after surgery.

Edmond A. Zingaro, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon

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