Is There an Effective Cellulite Treatment?

I would like to know if there if an effective cellulite treatment for the thighs and buttocks? If so what its called and are they done as outpatient and how long is the recovery time? thanks in advance.

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CelluSmooth & Cellulite Treatment

CelluSmooth is the latest generation laser cellulite treatment.  It is delivers long lasting improvement in cellulite appearance in one treatment. This short procedure is performed under local anesthesia in the office with very low downtime. There is some swelling and bruising but it does not restrict activities for a prolonged period. Compression garments are worn after the procedure, but you can return to most activities immediately or in a few days. It treats all three components of cellulite including fibrous bands, thin skin and bulging fat. Hope this helps. All the best.

Effective Cellulite Treatment

Thank you for your question. Thermage might be a good option for you. cellulite treatments are great because they:
  • Restore tissue health through the same natural processes that promote better skin tone.
  • Involve no incisions or anesthesia.
  • Require no downtime, do not need a “recovery period”.
  • Causes little or no discomfort.
Dhaval M. Patel Double board certified Plastic surgeon Hoffman EstatesBarringtonOakbrook Chicago

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

Treating Cellulite

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 89 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
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Cellulaze cellulite treatment

Cellulaze
is definitely the most effective treatment for cellulite in the United States.
It is a one time treatment that uses a small laser fiber inserted under the
skin through tiny incisions to tighten the skin and divide the fibrous bands
that cause dimpling. Unlike other available cellulite treatments, Cellulaze
does not require multiple treatments or maintenance treatments.

The results you can get with Cellulaze depend
on your overall all health and degree of cellulite as well as the experience
and understanding of the technology of the physician performing the procedure.
There is definitely a learning curve to Cellulaze so be sure to find an expert
in your area who is board certified and has a long experience with Cellulaze.
Because Cellulaze is a similar technology to SmartLipo, a plastic surgeon with
experience in SmartLipo may have a better understanding of the laser
technology. Look at before and after photos to be sure you have a good
understanding of what Cellulaze is capable of doing for you. Good luck!

M. Dean Vistnes, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Cellulaze for cellulite

Cellulaze generally is a one time minimally invasive office based treatment. The laser is placed right beneath the skin so it can directly target your dimples, bulging fat and thin skin. All of the other nonsurgical machines or devices cannot penetrate the skin efficiently to change the underlying anatomy. Those devices create some swelling that some times makes the cellulite look better for a short period of time. The recovery is very acceptable as my patients have told me. You need to wear an elastic garment for a couple of weeks which is hidden beneath your clothes. There is some bruising and swelling that gradually resolves.

Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

VASERSmooth Best for Cellultie

There are many noninvasive treatments for cellulite, but none of them have any permanence to them and work only temporarily.  I having been using the VASERSmooth for over a year, and have probably done more cases then anyone in the US.  I have found that surgically, I can improve your cellulite anywhere from 50 to 80 percent using the VASERSmooth.  The VASERSMooth uses an ultrasound probe with a fragmented edge to cut the cellulitic bands.  I also treat the irregular fat cells around the area and do some fat grafting as needed.  I have also corrected many people post cellulaze treatment who were unhappy with the results.  It typically takes 1.5 to 2 hours to treat both thighs and buttocks.  It is done under anesthesia and recovery is quick.  Most patients back to work in 3 days and resume exercise 2-3 weeks.  A garment is worn for 6 weeks and lymphatic massage and ultrasound started 2 weeks following the operation.  Hope this helps.

Jeffrey LaGrasso, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 97 reviews

Thermage effectively treats cellulite

Thermage has a new universal tip that can deeply penetrate the skin and effectively target cellulite.  It is non-invasive and painless. Only one single treatment is required to treat buttock, thighs, or arm cellulite. 

Effective, Non-Invasive Cellulite Treatments


There are several stages of cellulite. Depending upon which stage you’re in, a number of different approaches can be taken. I promote the use of multiple techniques to help patients eliminate toxins and fat while improving muscle tone. The combination of procedures I prefer are non-invasive, pain-free, and  there’s no downtime. Protocols proven effective for thighs and buttocks include LipoLaser Therapy and Ultrasound Cavitation, but there are other options available based on the nature and severity of the problem.

Hal Michael Bass, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Effective Cellulite Treatment?

Thank you for your question. Vaser shape uses ultrasound waves to generate localized heat beneath the surface of the skin to smooth out and reduce the appearance of cellulite.  Buttocks and thighs are recommended areas for treatment. There's no downtime, but you may have some redness and swelling at the sites. It may take few treatments to see results.  I would recommend being treated under the supervision of  a Board Certified Dermatologist  or Plastic Surgeon for safest and best treatment option. I hope this helps.

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