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Liposuction For Cellulite Reduction: Pros And Cons

Maya Adivi • April, 2023

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We often think of cellulite as something caused by fat, which is why it makes sense to wonder if it’s possible to reduce cellulite with liposuction, a fat removal surgery. Unfortunately, the reality is that liposuction doesn’t remove cellulite. In this post, we’ll explain why and also cover everything else you need to know about this surgical procedure.  

Table Of Contents

  • 1.  Does lipo get rid of cellulite
  • 2. Is Cellulite Liposuction Safe? 
  • 3. Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Cellulite Liposuction?
  • 4. Topical Treatments
  • 5. FAQs:
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  • 2. Potential Side Effects Of Radiofrequency Cellulite Treatments
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  • 4. FAQ For Radiofrequency For Cellulite
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does lipo get rid of cellulite?

It’s undeniable that liposuction for cellulite is a very effective treatment for reducing stubborn fat. However, there’s a lot more to cellulite than just fat, which is why cellulite liposuction doesn’t make sense as a treatment.

To explain quickly, cellulite is mostly caused because of fibrous bands that connect from the fascia to the skin. When fat presses against those fibers, it looks like dimpling on the skin’s surface. Women are far more prone to developing those thick bands of fiber, which is why 90% of women have cellulite as opposed to only 10% of men.

Liposuction for cellulite is considered a form of cosmetic surgery. During the procedures, surgeons create a few small cuts near the treatment area. Through those cuts, they insert a very small tube that’s attached to a vacuum device. That vacuum creates a suction that pulls out the fat from beneath the skin. In other words, lipo doesn’t impact the connective tissue at all.

Suddenly, the lack of fat causes the skin to become loose, and how it’ll settle once you heal is very unpredictable. In fact, it’s pretty common for patients to develop additional dimpling or divots following liposuction, especially if the surgeon removes too much fat. In other words, cellulite can look worse after liposuction!

Because of this, the best treatments for cellulite are ones that impact the septa bands, rather than just the fat. Those treatments can include simple massages that help to break up the tissue all the way up to minor surgical treatments that cut the septa bands with very small blades.  

Is Cellulite Liposuction Safe? 

As with any surgical procedure, liposuction also carries some risks. It’s not as dangerous or invasive as it used to be in the past, but you should be aware of these common potential side effects and complications. 

  • Pain, soreness, or discomfort at the treatment site
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Numbness or tingling in the treated are
  • Uneven results or skin irregularities, like lumpiness, dents, or asymmetry
  • Loose skin that can ripple
  • Scarring, although typically minimal
  • Infection at the incision site
  • Fluid accumulation or seroma
  • Hematoma or bleeding

In rare cases, patients can experience extreme complications that can put their health at risk. Those complications include blood loss, life-risking blood clots, and even flesh-eating disease. These complications may not be common, but it’s important to be aware of them. Complications with the anesthesia, rather than the surgery, are also a risk. Your doctor will be able to talk you through your risk level and let you know what you can expect from the procedure. 

Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Cellulite Liposuction?

Frankly, no one is a great candidate for liposuction as a cellulite treatment because it’s not how liposuction works. That said, you may find that liposuction is right for you in combination with additional treatments.

Good candidates for liposuction are generally healthy, but frustrated by pockets of fat that won’t budge even with diet or exercise. If you have a combination of stubborn fat pockets as well as cellulite, that’s when liposuction might make sense. It's important to have realistic expectations and be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle post-surgery.

 Additionally, liposuction is not suitable for anyone with significant medical conditions that pose a risk for surgery or anesthesia. 

The Proper Way to Treat Cellulite

Whether you decide liposuction for cellulite is right for you or not, it’s incredibly important you keep your skin in great shape. One of liposuction’s common unwanted side effects is loose skin, which can often make cellulite seem worse.

The best way to keep your skin looking firm, strong, and tight is through a rejuvenating skincare routine. Think of it like an anti-aging regimen for your face! The right blend of potent ingredients like vitamin A, caffeine, vitamin C, and glycolic acid will fortify the skin.

We used those ingredients to create our range of cellulite treatments. They help the skin bounce back into a firm, toned look, which is very important after weight loss or fat removal through liposuction.If you’d like to skip invasive procedures altogether, you can address the underlying connective bands that are the main cause of cellulite. For that, make sure to also introduce Gua Sha massage into your routine. This type of massage can help reduce the appearance of cellulite quickly by stimulating lymphatic drainage and loosening the tight bands of tissue.  

FAQs:

How long does it take to see results from liposuction for cellulite?

QWO is a series of injectables (shots). So if you don’t think shots are painful, then no — it’s not too bad. But if needles make you nervous, you may have a tougher time.

That’s when you’ll be able to see how the liposuction impacted your cellulite. That said, since liposuction doesn’t directly impact the underlying cause of cellulite, there is no guarantee you’ll see any improvement in dimpling.

Can liposuction help with severe cases of cellulite?

Liposuction can potentially help with severe cases of cellulite, by actively removing the fat. However, it’s definitely not a complete solution on its own, and you will probably need to pair it with other treatments. 

Will liposuction leave scars?

While results vary, the risk of visible scarring with liposuction is fairly minor these days. The procedure requires small incisions, and when they’re strategically placed and well-hidden, there is usually minimal scarring. 

How much does liposuction for cellulite reduction typically cost?

According to RealSelf, the average cost of a liposuction procedure is between $3000 all the way up to $15000 depending on how many body parts you’re having treated. However, again, liposuction is not considered an effective cellulite reduction method. 

Maya Adivi

Maya Adivi is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience working in the beauty industry. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a makeup artist and facialist with expertise in performing a broad range of advanced treatments. She champions an evidence-based approach to beauty, prioritizing real data over buzzwords or myths. She brings that love for science and research when writing for Evertone. 

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Maya Adivi

Maya Adivi is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience working in the beauty industry. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a makeup artist and facialist with expertise in performing a broad range of advanced treatments. She champions an evidence-based approach to beauty, prioritizing real data over buzzwords or myths. She brings that love for science and research when writing for Evertone.