What are the best procedures to treat cellulite?

I think I've tried all the creams on the market and I didn't see any obvious results with any of them. Now that I think about it, I should've probably went to a doctor to see what non-invasive option I can try. It would've cost me the same. I think I will eventually do that because creams and home remedies don't seem to work. What procedures worked for you?


F, 31, New Jersey

Tags:woman age 25-34 cost procedure cream non surgical home treatment best

I had Smartlipo done under my chin and on my thighs. It is a minimally invasive surgery that doesn’t hurt at all! Now, don’t get me wrong, it will leave you feeling sore for a few days with slight swelling and bruising, but the outcome is so worth it. It did not totally eliminate all of my cellulite, but it did greatly improve things. Nobody can tell that I’ve had work done on my face, and the incision scars on my thighs and butt are so tiny and light that I often forget they are there. I thought about getting the vitamin and collagen injections, but the effects of Smartlipo last so much longer in my opinion. My cellulite dimpling has receded, and I look amazing in leggings and skirts and would ten out of ten get the procedure again.

I tried a couple of cellulite creams too, and I have to agree with you. Most creams on the market seem highly ineffective because they cannot really do much to change the way fat cells are distributed beneath the skin. I did have some luck with a retinoid cream that thickened skin, but the changes were minimal. At the doctor's, I found a few options that were way more effective than random lotions and ointments. In one spot, I had cellulite that just appeared like a few noticeable dents. Injected fillers helped to fill out that area and create a smoother look. My legs had a more dimpled texture overall, so I ended up going with laser treatments there. It took several sessions, but the end results were very impressive. The only downside is that they have to be repeated regularly or the results may fade.

I had my cellulite zapped away with Zwave. I use to have really bad cellulite in my thighs, butt, and belly. I gained close to 100 pounds when I was pregnant with my second child, and it took me a long time to shake it off. Even after I got back down to my pre-pregnancy weight, I had lumps EVERYWHERE. It was horrific; I couldn’t even entertain the notion of going to the lake in a one piece bathing suit much less my usual two piece. I did some research and discovered Zwave. I went with them because the removal process sounded the least scary to me. They just sent shockwaves into my cellulite and it collapsed! The recovery time was short (I was back at the office the next week) and relatively painless. I experienced a little soreness and felt a bit stiff for a while, but it was worth it to gain skin that I wasn’t embarrassed to show. There are other FDA approved body contouring procedures for cellulite such as cellulaze and cellfina.

You should feel good to know that you aren’t the only one that has spent a life’s savings on cellulite treatment creams. So many of the cellulite creams that I’ve tried just ended up in my garbage can. I honestly think that a lot of how my cellulite looks on any given day depends on what I’ve eaten that day and if I’ve exercised at all. After looking at how much I’d spent over the years just like you, I finally gave in and went to a plastic surgeon. I ended up getting a laser treatment and it worked great! For the money, I think it’s the best option. You should at least get a consultation and see how you feel about it.