Cellulite Reduction

Cellulite Treatments – Cellulite Reduction

The cause of dimpled, orange peel looking skin, commonly known as cellulite, is a mystery. Because women tend to have cellulite more than men, many believe that it’s appearance is related to hormones. One thing we are certain of, it is not related to changes in weight. Typically, it appears in the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.

Available cellulite reduction treatments aim to restore a smoother, firmer skin texture by enhancing skin tone, tightening skin, or reducing fat content and improving skin topography. There are several treatments currently available. Consult a local cosmetic surgeon to determine which treatment will be best for you.

Who Is a Candidate for Cellulite Reduction?

Ideal candidates for cellulite reduction are in good health and share one or more of these characteristics:

  • They are unhappy with cellulite on their bodies and wish to reduce it.
  • They understand that available treatments can reduce, but not eliminate the appearance of cellulite in most cases
  • They have light-colored skin (which makes cellulite more noticeable).

Intended Results of Cellulite Reduction

  • The best way to determine the possible results of cellulite reduction is to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon near you.
  • At this time the appearance of cellulite can be reduced temporarily through treatments.

Procedure Description for Cellulite Reduction

Procedures for currently available cellulite reduction use one or more of the following technologies:

  • Laser
  • Vacuum
  • Mechanical massage
  • Infrared light
  • Ultrasound high-frequency sound waves
  • Magnetic pulsed fields
  • Multipolar radio frequency ±


The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.

Are you considering Cellulite Reduction? Visit our Find a Surgeon Directory to find a highly-qualified cosmetic surgeon near you.

Reviewed by Neil Sadick, MD, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon and owner of Sadick Dermatology in New York City and Great Neck, New York.