Cellulite Treatment

Treatments for cellulite removal

Cellulite is the result of internal collections of fat cells that push through the soft connective tissues of the skin. Because it creates unsightly lumps in the surface of the skin, cellulite reduction treatments are often sought by people afflicted with the condition.

Patients have surgical, medical and natural alternatives to consider. The best cellulite treatment for a given individual depends on the extent of the problem and the patient's willingness and ability to implement lifestyle changes that help keep cellulite at bay.

The Cost of Cellulite Treatment

The expenses you'll face depend on the treatment method you choose. Use the following as a rough guideline of what you can expect to pay for a complete treatment:

  • Endermologie: $750 to $2,000
  • Mesotherapy injections: $1,500 to $3,500
  • Lipodissolve: $2,000 to $6,000
  • Roller suction massage: $800 to $1,000, plus about $100 per follow-up session
  • Ultrasound cellulite treatment: variable, but generally more expensive per session than roller suction massage treatments
  • Cellulite laser treatment: variable, but comparable to the cost of ultrasound techniques

You can also use anti-cellulite creams to achieve temporary results. They must be applied every 24 hours or so, and they cost between about $10 to $50 per jar.

Patient Evaluation

The evaluation process is fairly simple if you're seeking medical treatment for cellulite; your doctor will perform a physical examination to determine the extent of your problem. You will then be introduced to the various treatment techniques available, during which time your doctor will recommend the strategies he or she believes will benefit you the most.

Cellulite Reduction Treatment Procedures

A wide range of time-tested and new cellulite treatments are available to you. Here's an overview of the most popular methods available:

  • Endermologie. This technique uses rollers to massage and smooth over skin damaged by cellulite protrusion. It is a relatively affordable, non-surgical approach.
  • Mesotherapy injections. Fat-dissolving chemical injections attack cellulite deposits, breaking them down and allowing them to be safely absorbed and eliminated by your body.
  • Lipodissolve. This is a branded, highly concentrated mesotherapy cellulite treatment technique that is combined with a skin laser to create smoother skin when treatment is complete.
  • Roller suction massage. This approach makes use of hydrosuction to stimulate the body's lymph system, allowing it to absorb the excess fluids that contribute to cellulite collection and tightening up the loose skin that results.
  • Ultrasound cellulite treatment. Ultrasound is a new cellulite treatment technique that, essentially, uses heat to stimulate extra blood flow to cellulite deposits. With this additional blood flow comes fluid drainage and detoxification of the affected cells, which results in cellulite reduction.
  • Cellulite laser treatment. Laser treatments operate on the same principle as ultrasound treatments, but instead use focused laser beams rather than sound waves to stimulate heat and blood flow to the site.

The Risks of Cellulite Reduction Treatments

Risks vary according to the technique used to treat cellulite. With mesotherapy injections, patients sometimes experience allergic reactions to the chemicals used. While these are rarely life-threatening, they can result in significant skin discomfort.

Many patients report pain and burning sensations as side effects of ultrasound and laser treatments. However, the risks and potential complications of cellulite treatments are relatively mild compared to other forms of cosmetic surgery; these techniques are considered very safe and reliable by the mainstream medical community.

Recovering from Treatment

Generally, cellulite treatment patients face only short downtimes. Approaches to recovery are generally palliative; over-the-counter medications may be used for pain management, if needed. Otherwise, patients generally only need to avoid irritating affected skin areas until side effects subside.

Alternatives to Medical Treatments

Body wraps, topical creams and specialized diet and exercise anti-cellulite treatment programs are cited as the most common nonmedical alternatives to laser, ultrasound and injection-based therapies. However, body wraps and topical creams create only temporary results, and must be reused again and again to maintain results. Medical therapies produce longer-lasting results that can be permanent when properly maintained through diet and exercise. If you want a medical alternative to these techniques, liposuction may work for you. Cellulite and liposuction treatments are often packaged together by clinics, offering treatment for both for an advantageous price.

Most cellulite diets focus on limiting or eliminating fats and sugars. When combined with a conscientiously applied exercise program, fat reduction can be achieved and maintained. Doctors often point to this as the best liposuction alternative. However, many patients still prefer to receive skin treatments after weight loss to improve the appearance of loose and hanging skin in areas of significant fat loss.