Does CoolSculpting work for cellulite?

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What is the best way to get rid of cellulite on my legs and buttocks? Will Coolsculpting help?

GWR2539

F, 47, Texas

Coolsculpting is meant to be a non-surgical fat reduction method for the abdomen and flanks, not for the treatment of cellulite.

Thermage is the only reliable solution to cellulite on the legs and buttocks, and it’s very effective. Thermage can improve the appearance of cellulite in just one non-surgical treatment session, with no injections or downtime involved.

The treatment involves the use of an instrument that delivers heat to the underlying layers of skin in the target areas, in turn contracting the collagen present in the skin.

The result is tightened, firmer skin and a stronger foundation. And by increasing blood flow to the tissues, Thermage further reduces the lumpiness associated with cellulite.

You can combine Coolsculpting and Thermage to treat most if not all of the areas that concern you.

To learn more, I recommend speaking with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to make sure you have answers to all of your questions.

Coolsculpting is a fantastic way to get rid of body fat in the abdomen, “love handles,” neck, inner and outer thighs, upper arms and above the knees.

However, while I have witnessed a slight reduction in cellulite from Coolsculpting in patients who have gained a significant amount of weight, in general Coolsculpting for cellulite doesn’t really work.

But there are effective ways to treat cellulite in the legs and buttocks.

One good non-surgical cellulite-reducing option is Endermologie. This treatment employs suction and traction to smooth out the surface of the skin.

To perform the procedure, your dermatologist or plastic surgeon moves a mechanical knob with two rollers attached to a suction instrument over the treatment area(s).

An Endermologie session takes just over 30 minutes and can address multiple areas of the body. Most patients require between five and 15 treatment sessions.

Another effective treatment for cellulite on the areas you are interested in treating is Cellfina. This promising technology is the latest in advanced cellulite treatment. I find it best for deep depressions and dimples in the back of the thighs and buttocks.

Cellfina is probably more effective than Endermologie, overall. It is a very exciting development for people who want to eliminate cellulite from the problem areas you mentioned and has been shown to produce dramatic results.

Though it’s possible to see a minor improvement in cellulite after this treatment, Coolsculpting for cellulite isn’t really effective, nor is it what Coolsculpting is intended for, which is to reduce small areas of fat cells.

For cellulite removal in the legs and buttocks, a better procedure is Cellfina, which is the only FDA-cleared, minimally invasive treatment shown to be effective for up to three years. Cellfina combines new technology with a long-used technique called subcision to target the root cause of cellulite and even out the skin “dimples” it causes.

The important element Cellfina brings to subcision is a special handpiece which specifically targets the bands that cause cellulite in problem areas. Cellfina is a quick and efficient process, lasting approximately 25 minutes.

No serious side effects have been reported with Cellfina. The most common are bruising and soreness. Swelling and numbness are also a possibility.

For best results I suggest you schedule an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to find out if you are a good candidate for Cellfina and discuss a treatment plan for cellulite reduction.

Coolsculpting works to reduce the amount of fat in a given body area and is not indicated for cellulite treatment.  There are multiple modalities available that claim to improve the appearance of cellulite, but none have long-lasting results, unfortunately.