What cellulite surgery treatments are there?

I'm familiar with lasers and other machines that smooth out the dimpled appearance of the skin, but I haven't heard of an invasive surgery that removes cellulite completely. I don't really trust the non-invasive alternatives that much.


F, 49, Pennsylvania

Tags:woman age 45-54 dimpling cellulite non surgical

I went through a Smartlipo procedure to have work done to my bottom, tummy, and thighs. This procedure is not very invasive; it’s just a laser that melts your cellulite, and then it gets liposuctioned out. I was not too sore after I woke up from the surgery, and I was back to work in a week. I honestly could have probably gone back after two days, but I wanted to take a longer break from work. Besides some bruising and swelling right after the procedure there was not much pain in the recovery process. It’s been two years since I had the surgery, and all that remains of the small incision cuts are several little, thin faded scars. Nobody has noticed them when I wear crop tops or a swimsuit. I didn’t experience any bad effects from the procedure and have no regrets about getting Smartlipo done. It has left my thighs as smooth and small as they were in my younger days.

I went through a minimally invasive, FDA approved process called mesotherapy to reduce the appearance of cellulite on my legs. I was kind of uneasy when I saw the injection gun they were going to use on me, but it ended up barely hurting at all. My legs smoothed out dramatically, and I couldn’t have been more pleased about it. Then one day I came home from a treatment and noticed that my legs seemed a little swollen. They continued to swell throughout the day, and this alarmed me. I went to the hospital, and the doctor said no more treatments for you. I had read really good things about mesotherapy before I underwent it, but I guess it’s just not for everybody.

I recently read about a minimally invasive laser treatment called Cellulaze. It’s a one-time treatment that lasts around 3 years. I ended up going the route of subcision, which is where they insert a needle into your problem area and leave a deposit of collagen. However, I have a close friend who swears by mesotherapy. She went through a series of vitamin and herbal shots to her tummy and thigh area. She claims it is a totally painless experience, which is fortunate for her because she receives a cellulite treatment once every two weeks. She looks great in a bikini, but I personally don’t like being poked with sharp objects that often - painful or not - which is why I ultimately went with subcision.

When I was looking for ways to get rid of my cellulite, I visited a board certified plastic surgeon. I found that there are actually quite a few new treatments on the market that can be very effective. Of course lasers can provide some smoothing because they get rid of fat cells that were pushing against the skin, but you are right that they cannot remove cellulite complete. The dimples in cellulite are caused by fibrous bands of connective tissue, so they have to be cut to reduce the appearance of cellulite. There is this procedure called Cellfina, which I'm actually planning on getting once I can save up a bit more money. It works by inserting a microblade under your skin and cutting the fibers that are making the skin look all bunchy. My sister got it, and I was really impressed by the change in her skin texture. If Cellfina doesn't seem right for you, you could also check out Cellulaze. I've heard it basically does the same thing, but it uses a laser to cut the fibers causing cellulite instead of a blade. Some weight training to try and reduce your body fat can further improved your dimpled skin. Good luck!

For a while, I considered going the route of cosmetic surgery to get rid of my cellulite. I went on the web and began thoroughly researching all of the different treatment options. It appears to me that most of them involve getting a needle shoved under your skin and some sort of herbal supplement injected into the affected area. I never did learn about a surgery that would be a onetime fix all answer. Most of the procedures only last for several years, or they require you to return every few weeks for a round of injections. I’m personally not about that; if I go under the knife, then I want it to be once in a life time.