What's the Best Anti Cellulite Treatment?

Are there any cellulite treatments that are more effective than others? What are the options?

Doctor Answers 17

Be realistic about cellulite treatment

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The best single way to reduce cellulite is to lose weight through a great diet and regular exercise. Everything else we provide as doctors is second best to this solution. True cellulite is caused by irregularities in the very superficial fat of the skin. Unfortunately, that is very close to where the blood supply of the skin is, in the subdermal plexus.

Treatments such as superficial liposuction, lasers all risk severe irregularities, discoloration, burning or even perforation of the skin. There is in my opinion and the opinion of most plastic surgeons no reliable safe way to "tighten the skin from the inside" with a laser without risking the problems above. Endermologie can temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite.

Liposculpture at deep levels can sometimes break the septae, or interconnections of deposits of fat, and thereby reduce (not eliminate) the appearance of cellulite. It can certainly make the appearance of cellulite better. So be realistic, and don't fall for any snake oil!

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Cellulite is Treatable with FDA approved Cellfina for a 96% 2 year satisfaction rate

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This question was originally posted 8 years ago and a lot has changed since then. Cellfina is the only device which treats the root cause of cellulite. It is FDA approved and a minimally invasive office procedure that can be performed in under an hour.

Cellulite is caused by traction bands leading from the muscled and deeper structures to the skin which cause a "tenting" on the skin leading to that unsightly dimpled appearance. 85% of women have cellulite and it is NOT related to body weight.

Cellfina releases these bands leading to resolution of the cause of cellulite. It no longer necessary to be embarrassed by cellulite  and shorts and swimwear can be your friend again.

For more information about Cellfina and hoe it cna help you get rid of cellulite please see the web link below.

Alexander G. Nein, MD, MS, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon

Cellfina Produces improvement in Cellulite That Lasts!

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Hello and thank-you for your question!

Cellfina is the latest break though for the treatment of cellulite. The treatment targets the fibrous bands which are the source of the dimpling in cellulite. It is most effective for the treatment of deep dimples and depressions of the buttocks and back of the thighs. it is less effective in the treatment of generalized waviness. Cellfina is a minimally invasive treatment performed in the office. We are seeing an extremely high level of satisfaction for our patients treated with Cellfina. The investigational studies for Cellfina have just been released and have shown an impressive patient satisfaction rate of 85% at 3 months, 94% at one year and 96% at 2 years. This is a very exciting solution for the many women who suffer from the embarrassment of cellulite.

Thank you, Andrew Lyos MD, FACS

The best anti-cellulite treatment

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I wish there was one.  Unfortunately there is no way to prevent cellulite if your body has a propensity to develop it.  Diet and exercise can help minimize it, but you can still have cellulite if you are thin!

I would recommend Cellulaze as your first line of treatment. 

Cellulaze is the first FDA approved minimally invasive, one-time treatment for cellulite.  It utilizes a 1440 nm side-firing laser fiber optic to treat the three main causes of cellulite:  It breaks down the fatty bulges, then cuts the fibrous septae that cause dimpling, then finally stimulates the dermis to shrink and thicken in order to improve the look of you cellulite areas.

Good luck in your endeavors!

Robert Kratschmer, MD

Cellulite treatment options in our NYC practice results may be short term or long term but need maintenance as there is no cure.

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Cellulite has been treated over many years by many different devices. Some provided temporary improvement, such as Endermologie and Velashape, but maintenance treatments were / are needed. 

ThermiTight uses radiofrequency energy underneath the skin, delivered by a small rod that enters the skin through a needle hole, so no cutting is needed. Local anesthetic is injected prior to the procedure to make it comfortable. After the treatment, there is some swelling and bruising for a couple of weeks. It takes months to see the improvement as there is more contraction of the collagen in the tissues beneath the epidermis.

Cellfina works by actually severing the bands of fiber that traverse the fatty layer and that hold the skin down to the underlying connective tissue beneath the fat. It only works on the dimples. 

Most patients with cellulite dimples also have linear grooves especially on the thighs and Cellfina is not indicated to treat those, but ThermiTight can be used for that. It does appear that there is a couple of years of improvement, if not longer, with each of these treatments.

Recently a newer technology has arrived called Thermi250 and this external radiofrequency energy has been shown to improve cellulite and I am using Thermi250 (thermismooth) in my NYC practice to see if I can provide long term improvement in cellulite with this non-invasive technology, but as of the time of this writing, I do not have long term data.

The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice.  The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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The Best Cellulite Non-Invasive Treatment

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VelaShape III is the ONLY non-invasive treatment that is FDA -cleared to reduce the appearance of cellulite! This technique is unique, has no downtime and is proven to be comfortable. . The VelaShape III uses mechanical suction and tension in combination with IR (infrared), Bi-Polar RF (radio-frequency) and massage rollers to smooth and tighten areas such as the arms, thighs, abdomen and buttocks

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While topical creams and non-invasive therapies are available, laser Cellulaze may be most effective treatment

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We perform Cellulaze, which is the latest, most advanced technique in the treatment of cellulite. This treatment targets all of cellulite’s key causes, which are the unsightly pockets of fat and connective tissue irregularities. Cellulaze targets surface bulging and dimples. Risk factors such as age, weight gain, hormones, and genes may increase the risk of cellulite, but once cellulite develops, the only way to effetely reduce its appearance permanently is by targeting these key causes with this new device.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Best anti cellulite treatment is CelluSmooth

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I have incorporated the latest laser cellulite treatment modality into my office several months ago. CelluSmooth uses a new 1319nm laser wavelength that is very specific for disrupting the fibrous bands that cause cellulite and smoothing out the overlying skin. The procedure is routinely performed under local anesthesia and the patient may resume full activity in 48hrs. For the first time I can offer patients treatment for cellulite that gives great results after a single session! 

Cellulite treatment, Cellulaze, Weight loss,

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Cellulite is defined as the irregularities of the seen as dimpling, bumps and skin irregularities.

Weight loss may help to reduce this in a certain percentage of women.

External non-invasive treatments are gaining in popularity for mild cellulite.

Most do not last more than several months requiring repeated treatments.

Cellulaze has been proven to show improvement for up to three years now for mild to moderate cellulite.

More sever cellulite can be treated by fat injections in addition to the Cellulaze.

Please consult with an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon prior to making any treatment decisions.  Cheers

Luis A. Cenedese, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon

Cellulaze Best for Cellulite Reduction

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Thank you for your question. I would suggest Cellulaze to reduce your cellulite. 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.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.