Liposuction and Cellulite Reduction

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is skin indentation on the fatty body parts, like thighs, hips, upper arms, lower arms, abdomen, etc. It looks like bumps or dimples on the skin. It has been described as looking like orange peels. The problem is common in women and is very rare in men because of their different skin structure. Adult women develop  cellulite during puberty or pregnancy. Cellulite occurs when the layer of fat right under the skin protrudes through the fibrous connective tissue. In effect, cellulite is a changed skin structure. Dietary changes, hormonal imbalance, hereditary factors, skin type, the microcirculatory system – are the main factors which predispose people to cellulite.

Cellulite Reduction and Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction is a surgical procedure for removing excess fat from the body using suction.. Liposculpture is not able to remove cellulite due to fat’s entangled position in fibrous connective tissues. In fact, the cellulite may become more prominent, as liposuction removes the underlying fat cushion, leaving the skin loose. This increases the puckered look of the skin. Due to the limitation of liposuction to just remove fat and not alter the skin structure, it cannot help with cellulite removal although some related techniques can help.

Basic weight reduction and exercise can do much to alleviate cellulite.  No creams have been proven to work.  If cellulite is a major issue, one should start with weight loss and exercise.  Make sure to discuss options with your plastic surgeon.