How is cellulite treated?

No treatments, medicines or creams can make cellulite go away. Cosmetic surgeons use a variety of treatments to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. These treatments include:

  • Deep massaging to puff up the skin
  • Acoustic wave therapy to break up cellulite with sound waves
  • Laser treatment to help thicken the skin
  • Liposuction to remove fat. However, it is deep fat, not necessarily cellulite.
  • Mesotherapy, in which drugs are injected into the cellulite
  • Subcision, in which a needle inserted under the skin breaks up tough bands causing cellulite
  • Creams and lotions containing caffeine or 0.3% retinol
  • Spa treatments, which can temporarily make cellulite less noticeable
  • Vacuum-assisted precise tissue release to cut tissue and fill out dimpled skin
  • Radiofrequency, ultrasound, infrared light, or radial pulses to heat skin

How is cellulite managed?

Cellulite may be managed by the following:

  • Reducing excess body fat through a well-balanced diet and exercise
  • Self-tanning products to help hide cellulite, since it is less noticeable on darker skin
  • Taking supplements that contain caffeine, grape seed extract or gingko biloba

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