Cellulite is an extremely common cosmetic issue that is particularly challenging to treat for many women. However, new surgical technologies nowaday enable cosmetic surgeons to effectively address the structural causes of cellulite. These advancements can help minimize the characteristic dimples and restore a smooth, firm skin texture.

In this article, Tran Plastic Surgery will provide you with a deeper understanding of cellulite and introduce various treatment solutions that you may not be aware of.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite forms when fibrous bands called septa, connect the skin to the underlying muscle layer, tighten unevenly, pull down on the skin, or rupture, allowing the layer of fat beneath the skin to push upward. This results in a wrinkled appearance or noticeable, uneven dents.

An estimated 85 to 90 percent of adult women have cellulite, typically on the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. The aging process can exacerbate the appearance of cellulite, as the skin loses elasticity and is less able to resist the irregular tension created by the fibrous bands. While overweight individuals tend to have more pronounced cellulite, it is also common in skinny women, and weight loss rarely eliminates cellulite.

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What causes Cellulite?

Cellulite is primarily caused by a combination of factors involving the structure of skin, connective tissue, and fat distribution. Here are the main factors contributing to the formation of cellulite:

1. Genetic factors

Inherited Traits can influence metabolism, fat distribution, circulation, and skin structure. These factors contribute to the likelihood of developing cellulite.

2. Hormonal factors

Estrogen: This hormone plays a significant role in the formation of cellulite. It contributes to fat accumulation, collagen breakdown, and connective tissue decline.

Other Hormones like insulin, adrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are also believed to play roles in cellulite formation by affecting blood flow, fat accumulation, and connective tissue integrity.

3. Diet and lifestyle:  

Poor Diet: Diets high in fat, carbohydrates, and salt can contribute to the development of cellulite.

Lack of Exercise: Sedentary lifestyles can lead to poor circulation and muscle tone, both of which can contribute to the appearance of cellulite.

Smoking: Smoking can weaken the skin’s elasticity and reduce blood flow, making cellulite more pronounced.

Stress: A high level of stress can increase cortisol, which may contribute to fat storage and exacerbate cellulite.

4. Age

As people age, the skin loses elasticity and thins, making cellulite more noticeable.

5. Connective Tissue (Septae)

Fibrous Bands: Underneath the skin, fibrous bands called septae connect the skin to the underlying muscle fascia. When these bands tighten unevenly or become rigid over time, they can pull down on the skin, creating an uneven surface.

Rupture or Weakening: Septae can also weaken or rupture, allowing the fat cells to bulge upward, leading to the characteristic dimpled appearance of cellulite.

6. Fat Accumulation

Distribution: The way fat is distributed beneath the skin can influence the visibility of cellulite. Fat cells situated between the septae and the skin’s surface can bulge through the weakened areas, exacerbating the dimpling effect.

Amount: While cellulite can occur in people of all body types, excess fat can make it more noticeable. However, even lean individuals can have cellulite if their septae are structured in a way that allows for bulging of fat cells.Why is Cellulite a prevalent issue that impacts appearance?

Cellulite, though not a medical concern and devoid of health risks, significantly impacts self-esteem and body image. Its appearance often prompts individuals to seek cosmetic treatments with the aim of reducing its visibility. Understanding the underlying mechanisms of cellulite formation – such as the role of connective tissue, fat distribution, and hormonal influences – can guide individuals in selecting effective treatment approaches. It’s crucial to manage expectations realistically, as complete eradication of cellulite is rarely achievable, but significant improvement in its appearance can often be attained through appropriate therapies and lifestyle adjustments.

The most effective Cellulite Treatments available today

Cellulite treatments vary widely in terms of effectiveness, and what works best can depend on individual factors such as the severity of cellulite, overall health, and lifestyle. Here are some of the most effective treatments available today:

1. Use cosmetic surgery to Treat Cellulite

Cosmetic surgery for treating cellulite has become an increasingly popular option for those seeking to improve the appearance of their skin. While cellulite is not harmful, many individuals look for ways to reduce its appearance for aesthetic reasons. There are several surgical and minimally invasive procedures available for this purpose:

1.1 Cellulaze

Cellulaze is a minimally invasive laser treatment that targets the structure of cellulite beneath the skin. It works by:

  • Releasing the fibrous bands pulling down the skin.
  • Melting the fat pockets that bulge through the connective tissue.
  • Stimulating collagen production to improve skin thickness and elasticity.

1.2 Subcision (Cellfina, Avéli)

a.    Cellfina

Cellfina is an FDA-approved procedure that uses a microblade technique to cut the fibrous bands causing the dimpling effect of cellulite. This procedure involves:

  • Numbing the area with a local anesthetic.
  • Using a small needle-sized device to cut the fibrous bands.
  • Releasing the tension and smoothing the skin’s surface.
b.    Avéli

Avéli is a brand-new minimally invasive cellulite treatment method created by Revelle Aesthetics and SkinCare Physicians. The FDA has approved only one treatment to lessen the appearance of cellulite on the thighs and buttocks. With more precision than Cellfina, this cellulite technology uses portable equipment to apply the same “mechanical cutting” technique. With Avéli, medical professionals can locate and cut the specific fibrous bands, often called septa, that cause adult women’s buttocks and thighs to develop cellulite dimples.


  • The operation will result in bruising, sensitivity to the touch, and slight pain during the first 24 hours. These side effects normally go away in 30 days.
  • After the treatment, some patients go back to their regular activities the same day, and most do so within a week.
  • This surgery carries the same potential risks as any other medical procedure.

Don’t forget to ask your provider for comprehensive safety information.

1.4 Liposuction

Liposuction is a traditional surgical method that removes fat deposits under the skin. However, when combined with other treatments, it can sometimes offer improved results.

1.5 Fat Grafting

This procedure involves removing fat from one part of the body and injecting it into areas with cellulite. The idea is to fill in the dimples and smooth the skin surface. It is often used in combination with other treatments for better results.

1.6 Radiofrequency Treatments

Procedures like Thermage or Venus Freeze use radiofrequency energy to heat the skin and underlying tissues. This stimulates collagen production and tightens the skin, which can reduce cellulite. These treatments are usually non-invasive and require multiple sessions for optimal results.

1.7 Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound techniques like UltraShape use sound waves to target and break down fat cells beneath the skin. This can improve skin texture and reduce cellulite. Similar to radiofrequency treatments, multiple sessions are often required.

1.8 Laser Therapy

Laser treatments like SmoothShapes or Velashape combine laser energy, radiofrequency, and massage to treat cellulite. These treatments aim to reduce fat, improve circulation, and stimulate collagen production for smoother skin.

*Considerations effectiveness: Results can vary depending on the severity of the cellulite, the specific procedure used, and individual patient factors.

  • Downtime: Some procedures, like Cellulaze or Cellfina, require minimal downtime, while others may require a longer recovery period.
  • Cost: Cosmetic procedures can be expensive and are typically not covered by insurance since they are considered elective.
  • Risks: As with any surgical or medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects, including infection, scarring, and dissatisfaction with the results.

Consultation with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon is crucial to determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on individual needs and goals. They can recommend a thorough evaluation and the best options to eliminate cellulite effectively.

2. Using natural methods to reduce Cellulite

Reducing cellulite by natural methods involves lifestyle changes, dietary adjustments, and various home remedies that can help improve the skin’s appearance and reduce the visibility of cellulite. Here are some natural methods that may help:

2.1 Healthy Diet

  • Hydration: Drinking plenty of water helps maintain skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of cellulite.
  • Balanced Diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce fat deposits. Foods high in antioxidants (e.g., berries, leafy greens) and omega-3 fatty acids (e.g., fish, flaxseeds) are particularly beneficial.
  • Reduce Salt and Sugar: High salt intake can lead to water retention, making cellulite more noticeable, while excessive sugar can contribute to fat accumulation and inflammation.

2.2 Regular Exercise

  • Cardio Workouts: Running, cycling, swimming, and brisk walking help burn fat and improve overall body tone.
  • Strength Training: Building muscle through weight lifting, resistance training, and body-weight exercises (e.g., squats, and lunges) can help firm the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Targeted Exercises: Focus on exercises that target areas prone to cellulite, such as thighs, buttocks, and abdomen.

2.3 Dry Brushing

Dry brushing involves using a natural bristle brush to massage the skin in a circular motion before showering. This can help:

  • Stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation.
  • Exfoliate the skin, removing dead cells.
  • Improve skin texture and firmness.

2.4 Massage

Regular massage can help improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, reducing fluid retention and smoothing the skin’s surface. Professional massages or at-home techniques with a foam roller or massage oil can be effective.

2.5 Topical Treatments

  • Caffeine-Based Creams: Caffeine can help tighten the skin and improve blood flow, temporarily reducing the appearance of cellulite.
  • Retinol Creams: Retinol can help thicken the skin over time, making cellulite less noticeable. Regular application is required for best results.

2.6 Hydration

  • Water: Keeping the body well-hydrated helps maintain skin elasticity and reduces the visibility of cellulite.
  • Herbal Teas: Teas like green tea, dandelion tea, and ginger tea can help reduce inflammation and improve metabolism.

2.7 Healthy Lifestyle

  • Avoid Smoking: Smoking can weaken the skin’s connective tissue, making cellulite more visible.
  • Limit Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to fat accumulation and dehydration, worsening cellulite.

2.8 Natural Supplements

  • Collagen: Taking collagen supplements may help improve skin elasticity and firmness.
  • Ginkgo Biloba: This supplement is believed to improve circulation and reduce cellulite.
  • Gotu Kola: Known for its skin-healing properties, it may help improve skin texture and firmness.

2.9 Essential Oils

Some essential oils, like juniper, rosemary, and grapefruit, are believed to help reduce cellulite when used in massage oils or added to baths. They can improve circulation and detoxification.

2.10 Proper Clothing

Wearing loose-fitting clothing can improve blood circulation and prevent the formation of cellulite. Tight clothing can restrict blood flow and contribute to cellulite development.

While these natural methods can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, they are most effective when combined with a healthy lifestyle. Consistency is key, as results may take time to become noticeable. It’s also important to have realistic expectations, as eliminating cellulite may not be possible, but reducing its appearance can significantly improve skin smoothness and confidence.

Advice and instructions for care and maintaining results after Cellulite Treatment

Maintaining the results after cellulite treatment requires a combination of healthy lifestyle choices, regular skincare, and sometimes periodic follow-up treatments. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to care for your skin and maintain the results:

  • Healthy Diet: Follow a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to support skin health and overall well-being. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin supple and elastic. Avoid processed foods high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats, as they can contribute to fat accumulation and water retention.
  • Regular Exercise: Engage in regular cardiovascular exercises such as running, cycling, swimming, or brisk walking to maintain a healthy weight and reduce fat deposits. Incorporate strength training exercises to build muscle and firm the skin, particularly in areas prone to cellulite like the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Flexibility exercises like yoga and Pilates can improve muscle tone and flexibility, contributing to smoother skin.
  • Consistent Skincare Routine: Use a high-quality moisturizer daily to keep your skin hydrated and supple. Look for products containing hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and shea butter. Regular exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and promote cell renewal. Use a gentle scrub or an exfoliating brush 1-2 times a week. Continue using any prescribed or recommended topical treatments, such as retinol or caffeine-based creams, to maintain skin firmness and texture.
  • Massage and Dry Brushing: Regular massage can improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage, helping to maintain smoother skin. Consider professional massages or self-massage techniques. Dry brushing with a natural bristle brush before showering can stimulate circulation and remove dead skin cells.
  • Hydration: Maintain adequate water intake to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Consider using a humidifier in your home to keep the air moist, especially in dry climates or during winter.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Avoid smoking, as it can weaken the skin’s connective tissue and worsen the appearance of cellulite. Reduce alcohol consumption, as it can dehydrate the skin and contribute to fat accumulation.
  • Clothing: Avoid tight clothing that restricts blood flow, as this can worsen cellulite. Consider wearing compression garments if recommended by your doctor, as they can help improve blood flow and support skin structure.
  • Follow-Up Treatments: Depending on the treatment you received, periodic maintenance sessions may be necessary. Consult with your healthcare provider to determine the appropriate schedule. Regular check-ups with a dermatologist or cosmetic specialist can help monitor your progress and recommend additional treatments if needed.
  • Stress Management: Reducing stress levels can positively impact your skin and overall health. Practice stress-relief techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or engaging in hobbies you enjoy.
  • Natural Supplements: Continue taking collagen supplements if they were part of your initial treatment plan, as they can help maintain skin elasticity and firmness. Antioxidant supplements like vitamins C and E can support skin health by reducing oxidative stress.

By integrating these habits into your daily routine, you can help ensure your skin remains smooth and firm, maximizing the benefits of your cellulite treatment.

New research and developments in Cellulite Treatment

Very little is known about the prevalence and incidence of cellulite, as well as the predisposing factors for its development, due to a paucity of robust epidemiological data. Despite this shortcoming, the literature widely reports that an estimated 80% to 90% of postpubertal females are affected by this condition. Females of all races and ethnicities are affected, although Caucasian females are more susceptible than Asian or African American females. There is no specific age of onset for cellulite; it can occur at any age postpuberty, although it mostly appears between the ages of 20 and 30.

Males are rarely affected by cellulite. In about 2% of males, cellulite may develop due to androgen deficiency secondary to conditions such as castration, hypogonadism, Klinefelter’s syndrome, or estrogen or antiandrogen therapy for prostate cancer.

Although cellulite is a painless condition, it is aesthetically unappealing and associated with profound negative psychosocial effects. Body dissatisfaction, psychosocial stress, anxiety, and reduced quality of life are very common in women with cellulite, prompting many to seek treatment. According to 2021 data, more than 86,000 minimally invasive cellulite treatments were performed by surgeons from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

There are various methods for treating cellulite, ranging from non-invasive to minimally invasive techniques. However, treating cellulite remains challenging due to its complex and mysterious etiology and the limited effectiveness of currently available treatments. This review provides an update on the current knowledge about cellulite, focusing on patient assessment and individualized treatment for optimal results.

Correct cellulite defects immediately with Tran Plastic Surgery

Tran Plastic Surgery is proud to offer premier cosmetic surgery services aimed at treating and minimizing the appearance of cellulite, helping you regain smooth, firm, and confident skin. Here are the standout treatments available at Tran Plastic Surgery:

  • Laser Treatment (Laser Lipolysis or Cellulaze)
  • Radiofrequency Treatment (RF)
  • Vacuum-Assisted Precise Tissue Release (VAPR)
  • Mesotherapy
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Liposuction

Why Choose Tran Plastic Surgery?

  • Experienced Team of Experts: Doctor Tuan Tran is highly skilled and has many years of experience in the field of cosmetic surgery.
  • Advanced Technology: Our facility utilizes the latest equipment and cutting-edge technology to ensure the best treatment outcomes.
  • Dedicated Service: We are committed to providing our clients with attentive care and consultation, ensuring the highest levels of safety and satisfaction.

If you are struggling with cellulite and wish to improve your skin, come to Tran Plastic Surgery for a consultation and to select the most suitable treatment method. We are always ready to accompany you to achieve smooth and confident skin.

Some specific questions and answers for the topic “Cellulite Treatment”

1. Can you actually get rid of cellulite?

Completely eliminating cellulite is challenging, as it is influenced by a combination of genetic, hormonal, and lifestyle factors. However, several methods can significantly reduce its appearance.

It’s important to have realistic expectations. Consistency in treatment and maintenance is key to achieving and sustaining the best possible results.

Consulting with a dermatologist or a cosmetic specialist can help you determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on your specific needs and skin condition. They can provide personalized recommendations and guide you through the available options to reduce the appearance of cellulite effectively.

2. Can cellulite be removed in 2 weeks?

You can reduce your cellulite to some extent in two weeks with a super-intensive treatment combined with an intensive exercise, diet, and lifestyle regime, perfect for getting ready before your holidays or other important events. Enjoy your holiday or attend that important event looking your best. However, to achieve proper and lasting results, you must continue your anti-cellulite regime for three months.

Note: Some people may see improvement after a few days, while others may need several weeks or months.

3. Can cellulite be removed by exercise?

Although exercise cannot completely eliminate cellulite, it can significantly reduce its appearance by addressing some factors that contribute to cellulite formation.

Exercise can play an important role in reducing the appearance of cellulite by burning fat, building muscle, and improving circulation. For optimal results, it should be part of a comprehensive approach that includes a healthy diet, proper hydration, skincare, and possibly professional treatments.

4. How to remove cellulite in legs naturally?

Removing cellulite from your legs naturally involves lifestyle changes, skincare routines, and targeted exercises. By integrating natural methods, as discussed previously, such as those shared by Tran Plastic Surgery, you can effectively reduce the appearance of cellulite. Results may vary among individuals, but taking a comprehensive approach that includes adopting healthy lifestyle choices, engaging in targeted exercises, and maintaining a consistent skincare regimen can improve overall skin health and minimize cellulite.

5. Why am I skinny but still have cellulite on my stomach?

Weight gain can indeed exacerbate the visibility of cellulite, but it’s important to note that even lean individuals can experience cellulite. Genetics plays a significant role in its development, meaning family history can influence whether someone develops cellulite. Leading a sedentary lifestyle can also increase the likelihood of cellulite formation, as can factors like pregnancy.

These factors collectively contribute to the appearance of cellulite, highlighting the multifaceted nature of its causes.

In summary, cellulite treatment requires a comprehensive approach integrating lifestyle changes, skincare routines, and professional treatments. While complete elimination isn’t always feasible, substantial reduction and improved skin texture are attainable with consistent effort and personalized care. Consulting Tran Plastic Surgery can provide tailored treatment options to effectively manage cellulite and enhance overall skin health.