Can liposuction get rid of cellulite?

It is a common misconception that liposuction can reduce the dimpling of the skin caused by cellulite, yet despite one of the main causes of cellulite being linked to how the body stores fat, liposuction is not the answer.

For women hoping to find a way to reduce cellulite, unfortunately liposuction has a different objective from cellulite removal. Liposuction targets fat that is stored in the deeper layers of the skin, whereas cellulite forms very close to the skin’s surface. When cellulite forms, excess fat stored by the body is pushed up through a network of fibres under the skin, which is what leads to the uneven dimpling that is visible on the surface.

Bucks plastic surgeon Mr Sudip Ghosh will clearly explain what you can expect from your liposuction procedure

Liposuction can sometimes make cellulite look worse

Liposuction can sometimes make the presence of cellulite more pronounced. By removing fat from the deeper layers of skin, the result can be that the skin wraps itself closer to the remaining structures, including the fibrous network that harbours cellulite, meaning that the dimples caused by the condition can actually look more pronounced.

What’s more, have you ever noticed how even some very slim women have cellulite? The bad news for the slimmer and leaner amongst us is that even some very slight women can fall victim to cellulite’s dimpling effect – some of us are pre-determined to be cellulite suffers as it is linked to our genetic makeup.

There are treatments available for cellulite, ranging from injections that are administered to dissolve the cellulite to pulse therapy, which helps break down the fat cells. There are, however, some non-invasive methods that should be tried out first, before resulting to more drastic measures.

Natural remedies

  • Losing weight is the first starting point – even though the ‘traditional’ fat and the fat that generates cellulite are different, with less pressure pushing up on the fibrous network under your skin, the visible signs of cellulite should become less noticeable.
  • Drinking plenty of water – hydration is important for many bodily functions, and reducing the appearance of cellulite is no exception to this. Keeping the body full hydrated actually reduces the chances of your body storing excess water, therefore reducing pressure under the skin beneath the cellulite layer. The same principle applies to the weight loss argument, less pressure underneath the skin = less visible dimples.
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet – ensure your body is getting sufficient foods that contain vitamin A, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are great for keeping skin healthy and supple. A diet enriched with plenty of fruit, vegetables and low-fat foods offer the best opportunity to try and keep cellulite at bay.
  • Finally, get working out with a cardio routine – this is the best fat-burning and calorie-burning kind of exercise, which will not only help reduce the appearance of cellulite, but will leave you feeling energised and healthy in the process.
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