Can Liposuction Get Rid of Cellulite?

If yes, then to what degree? Is there a certain type of liposuction that gets better results for removing unwanted fat deposits and tightening the skin?

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As the other doctors had said lipo will only decrease the size of an area not address the bands of connective tissue tethering the skin to the muscle.  These bands have to be divided.  We also have Cellfina which is very effective at treating these areas permanently as an in office procedure with minimal down time.  

As we age, many of us look to skin tightening solutions for various parts of our body. Unfortunately, while liposuction can help you lose some body fat, it is ineffective for cellulite. Cellulite is caused by damaged fatty tissue that accumulates below the surface of the skin. This tissue pushes its way through the connective tissue, leading to the appearance of cellulite. I suggest you consult with a few board-certified plastic surgeons in your area to see which body contouring procedures they recommend for cellulite reduction.

At our clinic we often hear from people who want to reduce / eliminate cellulite and believe a liposuction procedure will help the situation. It won't.

However, there are procedures that can reduce the appearance of cellulite. One of these, Cellfina, is an FDA-approved, minimally-invasive procedure that works by releasing the internal bands that cause the cellulite dimpling (the cottage cheese look). It’s fairly common with this procedure to have swelling and bruising that lasts for several weeks. Cellfina is designed to be a one-time treatment.


Another option is Cellulaze. Cellulaze employs a subdermal laser treatment to attack the cause of cellulite. It is minimally invasive, typically only takes one to two hours, and is conducted under local anesthesia or IV sedation. Again, I suggest your best course of action is to research plastic surgeons in your area who specialize, or have substantial experience, in minimizing cellulite and book a consultation.

Many patients come to us with cellulite problems, most commonly in the thigh and buttocks areas. You probably know that cellulite is caused by fat deposits pushed up on your skin, causing a rippling that some people call the “cottage cheese” look. If you are hoping liposuction will reduce your cellulite, I’m sorry but it’s not going to work. Liposuction will remove some unwanted fat and help change the way you look, but it can’t reduce cellulite.

Some companies and clinics market anti-cellulite creams with ingredients like retinol and caffeine,  all alleged to increase blood flow to the area and temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. They might offer some minor short-term improvement, but don’t generally have much impact.

Some minimally-invasive surgical procedures exist, like Cellfina or Cellulaze, and these appear to provide the best results. Your best bet is to consult with a few local board-certified plastic surgeons and ask what procedures they recommend to reduce cellulite. Ideally the surgeon you choose will have significant experience treating cellulite. Be sure to ask them to show you a few before and after photos of their other cellulite patients.

The best way to address cellulite today is Cellfina. This is a procedure that we perform under local anesthesia that targets the bands under the surface that are responsible for the dimpling we see in cellulite. The procedure is an in office procedure. There is associated bruising afterwards which resolves over a period of 3-4 weeks.

Thank you for sharing your question. Unfortunately, Liposuction will not improve the look of cellulite.  Liposuction will only reduce the size of the area in question by removing the excess fat.  I hope this information was helpful to you.

Best Wishes, Dr. B. 

Unfortunately, liposuction will not get rid of cellulite. It will decrease the volume in the area but the fascia bands that are adherent to the skin from the underlying muscle reconstitute over time. Some new RF devices on the market have shown some impressive results that may be worth exploring. Good Luck!

NO! In fact could worsen the appearance of Cellulite.