Does liposuction get rid of cellulite [Explained]

Dr.Edna Skopljak

Dr.Edna Skopljak

Edna Skopljak is a Doctor of Medicine. She has over 10 years of experience in the medical field. She is also a volunteer at several organizations, and is always looking for ways to improve the health of her community.

Hi there! As a cosmetic nurse, I’ve seen the struggles many people face with cellulite. It’s my goal in this article to clear up some common misconceptions about liposuction and cellulite.

After reading, you’ll understand what liposuction can and can’t do when it comes to cellulite. You’ll also discover alternatives to liposuction for cellulite reduction.

Here’s to empowering you with knowledge and helping you make informed decisions about your body!

Does liposuction get rid of cellulite?

No, liposuction does not directly eliminate cellulite. Liposuction is a surgical procedure primarily designed to remove fat deposits, not cellulite. The confusion often arises due to the common misconception that cellulite is just normal fat, when in fact it’s more complex than that.

Cellulite occurs when fat pushes through the connective tissue beneath the skin, resulting in the characteristic ‘cottage cheese’ or ‘orange peel’ appearance. While liposuction can remove deeper fat deposits, it doesn’t address the structural issue causing cellulite. In some cases, liposuction might even exacerbate the appearance of cellulite.

If the skin is not sufficiently elastic to retract after the underlying fat is removed, it can create additional surface irregularities that might make the cellulite appear more pronounced. Scientific research and expert opinion support this perspective. Many studies show that liposuction has minimal to no impact on the appearance of cellulite. On the other hand, some procedures and treatments, which will be discussed in the next section, may have more promising results for cellulite reduction.

Alternatives to liposuction for cellulite reduction

Having discussed the limited effectiveness of liposuction in treating cellulite, it’s essential to look at the alternatives. Let’s explore the various non-invasive treatments, lifestyle changes, and surgical alternatives to liposuction that can help with cellulite reduction.

Non-invasive treatments for cellulite

There are a plethora of non-invasive treatments that have shown promising results for cellulite reduction. Techniques like radiofrequency, laser treatment, acoustic wave therapy, and topical treatments have been extensively studied and applied with varying degrees of success. While these treatments do not guarantee complete cellulite eradication, they can significantly reduce its appearance.

Lifestyle changes that can help reduce cellulite

Alongside treatments, certain lifestyle changes can play a pivotal role in managing cellulite. Regular exercise, particularly strength training and aerobic exercises, can help by toning muscles and reducing fat. Maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein can help control weight gain and promote skin health.

Surgical alternatives to liposuction

For those seeking more drastic measures, there are surgical alternatives to liposuction for cellulite reduction. These include procedures like Cellfina and Cellulaze which target the structural issues that cause cellulite. These methods, although more invasive than non-surgical treatments, often offer longer-lasting results.

In the next and final section, we will conclude our discussion by summarizing the key points and offering some guidance to help you make the right choice for cellulite reduction.


It’s important to remember that liposuction does not directly get rid of cellulite. It’s a fat removal procedure, not a cellulite treatment. Non-invasive treatments, lifestyle changes, and surgical alternatives can be more effective for cellulite reduction. Always consult a healthcare professional before deciding on any procedure. Knowledge is power, and understanding the facts can guide you to make the best decision for your body.