Cellulite can happen to the best of us.
Studies tell us it happens to 85-98% of women. This dimpling on the surface of the skin, a padded or ‘orange peel’ appearance, is extremely common and occurs on the hips, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen.
There has been minimal investigation into the causes of cellulite in the last thirty years, as it is typically considered a cosmetic problem. The origins of cellulite (gynoid lipodystrophy) are thought to include: gender-specific skin architecture, changes in connective tissues, changes in blood vessels, and inflammation.
People often wonder if cellulite can be treated by having liposuction, and we do get this question in our clinic from time to time. However, liposuction and cellulite are not connected.
Liposuction is a great solution for excess fat deposits in the body, especially those that are resistant to diet and exercise. If you have any area of fat that just won’t move despite all your hard work at the gym, you may be genetically disposed to carry fat in that area. Liposuction allows you to sculpt your body in the way that you want. Resculpt your thighs and hips or other areas into your preferred shape, something you can maintain with your regular diet and exercise. Even with weight gain, the figure would then become a larger version of the new body shape.
Liposuction is not a silver bullet for cellulite. It has a very specific purpose, and it does an amazing job at what it was intended for.
There are a lot of treatments that claim success in treating cellulite, but they lack evidence of results. You may hear of mechanical massage, drugs, creams or laser and radio-frequency methods to treat cellulite, but there are no truly effective treatments for cellulite. If they do anything at all, none are more than mildly and temporarily effective.