If you’re bothered by unsightly lumps and bumps on your thighs and butt, don’t feel alone. Nearly 80-percent of all women experience cellulite, and men aren’t immune. Cellulite can be frustrating because you can maintain a healthy weight, stay fit, and still have cellulite. If you’ve been living with cellulite, you may have considered liposuction as a treatment. And if so, you’re likely wondering if it works.
Why Do I Have Cellulite?
Cellulite is harmless from a health perspective, but it does cause lumpy, dimpled flesh on your thighs, butt, and abdomen. It occurs when the fat under the surface of your skin squeezes through your bands of connective tissue. Whether you get cellulite and how severe it will depend on your hormones, skin structure, musculature, and genetics. Even scientists aren’t sure exactly what causes cellulite.
How much fat you have can make a difference in how visible your cellulite is, so if you decrease your body fat and build muscle, it can reduce your cellulite’s appearance but not eliminate it.
What Does Liposuction Do?
Liposuction permanently removes localized fat cells and stubborn fat deposits on your body. You can use it to improve the shape of contours of your body.
But liposuction doesn’t remove all the fat cells in a particular area or change your skin quality, musculature, or connective tissue. So, it can’t get rid of your cellulite. But, you still have options if cellulite removal is your goal.
What Helps Cellulite
Liposuction isn’t the magic wand you seek; there are other effective treatments available for even the most severe forms of cellulite:
- Thermage is a non-invasive treatment that delivers specialized radiofrequency energy into your skin to tighten it. Since it works on your skin instead of fat cells, Thermage can smooth dimples on your thighs and butt.
You’ll see results after one treatment, and they’re long-lasting. The procedure also restores collagen in your connective tissue, improves circulation and metabolism, reduces fluid retention, and improves cellulite’s appearance.
- Subcision: a minimally invasive surgical procedure that cuts and loosens the fibrous bands beneath your skin so they can’t create lumps and bumps when your fat pushes through.
Your doctor will use a specially designed needle to loosen the bands that cause tension. Then she’ll evenly redistribute your subcutaneous fat to create a smooth surface. You may also benefit from a fat transfer procedure, which uses your fat and tissue to fill in pockets from severing the tethered bands.
- Cellulaze is a procedure that uses a laser to treat the fibrous bands beneath your skin and add structure and elasticity to your skin. It’s the first and only minimally invasive treatment that targets the structural issues that cause cellulite. In a recent clinical study, 93-percent of patients were satisfied with their results after one year. They all said they would recommend the Cellulaze treatment to a friend.
Thanks to advancements in aesthetic technology, you finally have anti-cellulite treatments that are scientifically proven to work. At Allurant, we have a team of highly-trained experts available to answer all your questions. Contact us for a complimentary consultation today and discover which treatments are right for you.