How Does Cellulite Reduction Work?

Have you had lumpy, uneven skin on your hips, thighs, or glutes? You’re certainly not alone if cellulite concerns you. Our drive to eliminate or at least reduce cellulite has resulted in a plethora of clinical solutions, some more effective than others. It’s challenging to determine what, if anything, works with so many treatment options available, but some methods have been shown to work well.

A vast portion of the population, particularly women, are affected by cellulite. This is caused by an issue with your skin’s connective tissue. Fat layers peeking through pockets of fibrous bands connected to muscle fascia beneath the skin give cellulite its “cottage cheese” look. It impacts women of all sizes, including those who are lean as well as those who are overweight.

There are a variety of modern nonsurgical therapies available to help address cellulite. And dermatologists have been performing ongoing research to address the issue further. You’ll be relieved to learn that some procedures can make cellulite less noticeable – at least temporarily. Here’s what you need to know.

What Are the Causes of Cellulite?

As we touched on in the previous section, fat deposits beneath the skin cause cellulite to appear. Your genes, body fat percentage, and age can influence the amount of cellulite you have and how visible it is. The thickness of your skin also plays a role.

Women are more likely to develop cellulite, although it can affect everyone. Over 80% of women have some degree of cellulite. A factor in this is that women’s fat distribution is more apparent than men’s. Between the epidermis and the muscle, collagen fibers divide the underneath fat into numerous pockets. Cellulite can become more apparent as your skin thins and loses suppleness as you age. The rippling connective tissues beneath are exposed as a result.

Cellulite isn’t a dangerous medical matter, but it can be an unsightly presence and a source of insecurity for many people. Several variables appear to have a role in the development of cellulite, including:

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Hormones
  • Weight gain/excessive weight/obesity
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Bad eating habits
  • Reduced collagen, which causes skin elasticity loss

What Medical Treatments Are Used to Reduce Cellulite? 

Even though cellulite is common, it doesn’t have to be accepted as a given. Innovative methods are available to treat troublesome cellulite with a series of in-office sessions. Your esthetician can assist you in determining the best care option for you. 

Subcision: Cellfina® 

Cellfina® is a cellulite therapy method that the FDA has authorized. It decreases the dimpling produced by cellulite by cutting and releasing the septae that drag down the skin during a minimally invasive process. 

Cellfina®’s hand-held device softly suctions the skin, allowing the surgeon to cut the underneath bands a few millimeters beneath the surface, minimizing tissue damage. Cellfina® sessions can treat 20 to 30 cellulite dimples in one hour, with results lasting up to three years.


The cellulite treatments, which involve vibrant massage therapies, try to reduce the look of cellulite by boosting blood flow and removing excess fluid. Endermologie’s Lipomassage uses a portable roller to smooth and disperse fat pockets while decreasing edema and relaxing fibrotic tissues. 


Carboxytherapy uses carbon dioxide gas injected into problem regions to reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, and dark circles beneath the eyes. Studies have shown that it can reduce the appearance of cellulite, with the treatment attempting to improve skin texture and elasticity by increasing blood flow to the afflicted area.

Cellulaze® Laser Treatments

Cellulaze® is an FDA-approved laser therapy that employs a small laser fiber to cut fibrous bands beneath the skin that would otherwise cause the overlying skin to draw down and dimple. The treatment also improves the skin’s suppleness and texture by melting away subcutaneous fat and increasing collagen synthesis. 

Although Cellulaze® requires yearly touch-ups, immediate results may be seen after only one session. Thickened skin appears in the treated region due to the new, more vital collagen, and the appearance of cellulite is reduced even more.

Cellulite Treatment Using Radiofrequency

Radiofrequency-assisted cellulite treatments aim to decrease cellulite while also encouraging collagen formation and decreasing fatty tissue accumulation. Non-invasive body contouring techniques using RF energy devices like Reaction ™ by Viora, BTL Vanquish, ThermiSmooth®, and BodyFX® decrease fat cells and the appearance of cellulite. Infrared light and RF energy are used in procedures like VelasmoothTM and VelaShapeTM to heat fat layers and suction the skin with a pulsed vacuum.

Reaction ™ by Viora, is designed to contour the body, tighten the skin, and aid in reducing cellulite by using radiofrequency. This treatment has a more dynamic frequency option compared to other treatments like Vanquish. Because of this, Reaction ™ can target the treatment area with much more precision.

Are There Any Home Alternatives for Cellulite Reduction?

There are several popular home treatments for cellulite treatment, but many of them lack scientific backing. These natural ‘alternatives’ can be utilized as a part of a self-care regimen in conjunction with lifestyle and activity changes. 


Exercise can aid in the reduction of body fat, making cellulite less visible. Select a fitness regimen that incorporates both aerobic and resistance training. Exercising will help in the burning of body fat and the toning and definition of your muscles. A more muscular physique will seem and feel smoother and firmer. Make a workout regimen that concentrates on the cellulite-prone parts of your body.

A Healthy and Balanced Diet

It’s essential to consume a well-balanced, nutritious diet if you want to avoid cellulite. Maintaining a healthy body weight can also be aided by a nutritious diet. Minimize your consumption of processed foods and high-sugar meals, which can cause toxins and fat to build up in the body and raise your fiber intake.

Cellulite can be made more visible by dehydration. Water cleanses toxins from your system and keeps skin hydrated and supple. Make a conscious effort to drink more water. Women are advised to consume at least nine glasses of water each day.

Patients can choose from a variety of cellulite treatment treatments, varying from topical to surgical. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist is the best approach to identify the most effective therapy for your specific requirements. A licensed expert should assess your issues and design a treatment plan that meets your goals, recovery time requirements, and budget.

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