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If you're struggling with cellulite, you may wonder if liposuction is viable. After all, liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted fat from the body. But can it also get rid of cellulite?

The answer is complex. While liposuction can remove fat cells, it is not designed to address the underlying cause of cellulite. However, some patients report a reduction in the appearance of cellulite after liposuction, likely due to the removal of excess fat.

Cellulite Looks Like Dimpled, Lumpy, or "Cottage Cheese" Skin

Cellulite is a skin condition that affects the appearance of the skin, usually on the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. It is characterized by the skin's dimpled, lumpy, or "cottage cheese" appearance. Cellulite is caused by the accumulation of fat cells beneath the skin, which push against connective tissue and cause the skin to appear uneven. Other factors that can contribute to the development of cellulite include genetics, hormonal changes, poor diet, lack of exercise, and dehydration.

While cellulite is not a severe medical condition, it can be a source of frustration and self-consciousness for many people. Various treatments are available, including:

  • Diet and exercise
  • Topical creams
  • Cosmetic procedures such as liposuction

It's important to note that while liposuction can remove fat cells, it is not a cure for cellulite. Some studies have shown that liposuction may worsen the appearance of cellulite in some cases.

Liposuction Doesn’t Get Rid of Cellulite

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from specific body areas. During the process, your surgeon will make small incisions in the skin and insert a small tube called a cannula. The cannula is used to suction out fat deposits from the targeted area.

While liposuction can remove fat from the body, it is not a recommended treatment for cellulite. Fibrous bands cause cellulite, and liposuction does not address these fibrous bands, so it is unlikely to improve the appearance of cellulite. Liposuction may actually make cellulite more noticeable by creating irregular skin surface irregularities.

Body Contouring is Better for Liposuction for Cellulite

Body contouring and liposuction are different procedures used to address other concerns. While both methods can help improve the body's appearance, body contouring is typically better suited for reducing the appearance of cellulite than liposuction.

On the other hand, body contouring is a non-invasive or minimally invasive procedure designed to sculpt and contour the body. Many body contouring treatments use heat or radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin, which can help reduce cellulite's appearance. Body contouring treatments are also less invasive than liposuction, so they typically have fewer risks and a shorter recovery time.

Let Dr. Beck Help You Get Rid of Cellulite

While liposuction can remove fat cells, it cannot address the underlying structural issues that cause cellulite. Additionally, liposuction may even worsen the appearance of cellulite in some cases. Consulting with Dr. Beck is the best way to determine whether liposuction or an alternative, such as body contouring, would best solve the problem.

At Beck Aesthetic Surgery, we serve Charlotte, NC, with a wide range of body contouring procedures. Dr. Joel Beck is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive training and over a decade of experience. He performs cutting-edge body contouring treatments with artistry and skill in a state-of-the-art, fully accredited surgical center. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!

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