Liposuction for Dimpling on Thighs and Buttocks?

Does Liposuction help or make cellulite and dimples worse around the thighs? Upper and inner. What is the best way to get completely rid of dimples on your buttocks?

Doctor Answers 5

Liposuction generally makes cellulite WORSE!

Sic of Cellulite,

You're better off treating cellulite separately from the fat deposits.

The best available technology for cellulite is Eleme Smoothshape.

Be careful about expecting to be able to be "completely rid" of the dimples. Improvement is likely; complete elimination is harder to predict.

Good luck!

Ogden Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction For Cellulite

The dimpling that you have on your thighs and buttocks is cellulite. Liposuction does not treat cellulite. It can actually make it appear worse in some cases. Eating a healthy diet and exercising to loose fat and gain muscle will help with the cellulite.

Jeffrey Weinzweig, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction for Dimpling and Cellulite


Preoperative obesity, cellulite, stretch marks, a history of inconsistent weight, or loose,sagging, inelastic skin are problems which would tend toward poor results during a liposuction surgery. In fact, these problems may be worsened by this procedure and maybe best addressed by other surgeries such as a leg or body lift (e.g. tummy tuck) to improve your appearance if appropriate (loose skin). Lymphatic massage may also show favorable results within the first year following liposuction.For treatments that helps to treat your cellulite, there is a laser treatment called Cellulaze that was recently approved by the FDA last year. This procedure is proven to show better results even after the first session. The outcome lasts a year or longer, but you may need followup sessions depending on the results.


Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County 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;  it will remove fat and reduce contour.  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 hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction will not treat cellulite

Cellulite is a dimpling appearance of the skin often in the buttocks, back of the thighs and other areas.

The cause is complex and differs from person to person and between men and women, but in general is related to anatomy of the connective tissue between the different layers of fat and the dermis and skin of the body.

Cellulite is unfortunately natural, and is harmless!

However, our society and its cultural and beauty norms frown upon cellulite and promote many "treatments" for this contour irregularity.

In reality, most therapies for cellulite merely temporarily cause swelling of the area around the cellulite to lessen its appearance but do not treat its cause = your anatomy!

We cannot change our connective tissue structure.

However, there are some factors which may play a role:

  • Genetics - gender, race, genetic receptor number and sensitivity, distribution of subcutaneous fat, and predisposition to circulatory insufficiency
  • Diet - excess fat, carbohydrates, excess salt, or too little fiber
  • Lifestyle - smoking, lack of exercise, fatty/starchy foods, and sitting or standing in a single position for long periods have all been correlated with an increase in cellulite

Bottom line: Liposuction can help to debulk areas of fatty deposition, but will not change the underlying connective tissue structure responsible for cellulite.

Eating a natural, healthy diet, being physically fit and having defined muscle tone will help create an aesthetic contour to the body and will promote effective utilitzation of fat by the body.

Karen M. Horton, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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