Over 90% of women struggle with cellulite, causing a dimpled skin texture to be one of cosmetic dermatology’s most commonly discussed skin concerns. Cellulite treatment and body contouring are two of the most popular types of non-invasive procedures performed in the boutique New York City office of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green. Everyone wants to know how to eliminate the ripples and dimples in the skin that appear on the upper thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. The appearance of cellulite is a frequent source of frustration for our patients and a common skin condition that Dr. Michele Green treats daily in her discreet, private Manhattan dermatology office. Cellulite can occur in patients of any background, size, or age and most commonly affects women. The exact underlying cause of cellulite is unknown, but for those affected, the one question that they ask Dr. Green as their dermatologist is what is the best cellulite treatment.
Cellulite reduction treatment has expanded in the last few years to include many non-invasive laser treatments. Cellulite is caused by the tension between bulging fat cells and the fibrous cords that connect the skin and muscle, leaving a lumpy and dimpled appearance on the skin’s surface. As we age, the appearance of cellulite increases and is directly linked with changes in our body’s hormones. The appearance of these herniated fat cells, and the decrease in the skin’s elasticity and firmness, cause cellulite to become more noticeable. Cellulite treatments available at Dr. Green’s dermatology office, ranging from radiofrequency laser treatment to injectable fillers, are designed to release the fibrous bands and redistribute bulging fat cells, diminishing the appearance of cellulite with long-lasting results.
Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients from around the world with the best non-invasive treatment options available, including when it comes to the treatment of cellulite. Dr. Green utilizes the most innovative treatment techniques and cutting-edge technologies, including Thermage and Velashape laser treatments, to improve the appearance of cellulite. Dr. Green is consistently identified as one of the best dermatologists in New York City by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, New York Magazine, and the New York Times for her dedication to her patients and expertise, as well as her cutting-edge laser treatments, best Botox injections, dermal fillers, skin tightening laser treatments, CoolSculpting, and other non-invasive cosmetic skin treatments.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite forms due to the accumulation of fat cells beneath the skin’s surface, which causes the appearance of rippling or lumpy, dimpled skin. This typically affects areas of the body with the highest fat distribution, such as the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, breasts, and upper arms. Cellulite is formed when the septae, the connective tissue that connects the muscle to the skin, also known as the fibrous bands, cause the fat to protrude, resulting in the dimpling of the skin. When fat cells increase and expand, they begin to bulge toward the skin’s surface. The fibrous bands pull back against the fat cells and create the appearance of dimples, creating the skin’s texture which characterizes cellulite.
According to the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology), cellulite affects ninety percent of adult women in the United States. Although anyone can develop cellulite, women are much more predisposed to developing cellulite than men. Cellulite can be found in individuals of all sizes and is not limited to people who are overweight. However, the severity of or the overall appearance of cellulite can vary depending on the thickness and elasticity of one’s skin. Ultimately, the amount of cellulite an individual has is based not just on their percentage of body fat but also on genetics.
Is Cellulite Fat?
Cellulite is not synonymous with fat. However, the accumulation of fat cells underneath the skin’s surface is one of the three major contributing factors to the appearance of cellulite. Unfortunately, a greater accumulation of fat cells may increase the appearance of cellulite dimples and rippling. As cellulite is created by the tension between fibrous bands and fat cells across the skin’s surface, an excess or an increase in fat cells in the affected area can worsen cellulite’s appearance. However, most women with cellulite have more sizable fat cells under the skin’s surface due to higher estrogen levels. Estrogen’s effect on fat cells also explains why cellulite is far more common among women than men.
What Causes Cellulite?
Several components can lead to the development of cellulite, though the exact underlying cause of cellulite is largely unknown. Fat cells contribute to the appearance of cellulite but are not themselves the direct cause of cellulite. A deeper layer of fat lies deep within the dermis, beneath the connective tissues. As the fat cells in that lower layer increase and expand, they push against the honeycomb pattern of the connective tissue, creating the dimpled skin appearance of cellulite. In some areas, they bulge; in others, they are held in place by the tougher fibers above. This combination of fibers and fat cells is pushing and pulling in different directions within the skin, and the tension between them is what causes the dimples and ripples that make up the appearance of cellulite on the skin’s surface.
Lack of exercise, aging, poor diet, genetics, and hormones are all factors that can contribute to the formation of cellulite. While exercise and diet can be managed to try and help prevent fat cells from accumulating and, in turn, cellulite from developing, there is no guarantee. Since one’s genetics influences cellulite, some people are more prone to developing cellulite than others. While fat cells contribute to cellulite’s appearance, individuals of any weight, size, and age can develop cellulite.
What is Cellulite Reduction?
Cellulite is very difficult to eliminate, and even embracing certain lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and eating healthy, may not be enough to see a visible cellulite reduction. Luckily, recent innovations in dermatology have made it possible to reduce the appearance of cellulite through several treatment methods, including Velashape body contouring, CoolSculpting, and Thermage for skin tightening. Although QWO injections were an effective injectable treatment for cellulite reduction, this cellulite treatment is no longer available to patients as of January 2023. QWO injections, although FDA-approved as a safe and effective cellulite reduction treatment, have been discontinued due to concerns about the side effect of prolonged bruising in the treatment area. Research has also shown that combining treatments may be the most effective way to enhance skin wellness and reduce cellulite. When you have your initial consultation with a board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green, she will help to determine the cellulite reduction treatment or series of cellulite reduction treatments that will work best for you to achieve a long-lasting reduction in the appearance of cellulite.
Can Cellulite be removed?
If you have been wondering how to reduce the appearance of cellulite, you may have looked fleetingly for a magical cellulite reduction treatment online. Until recently, very few cellulite treatments could completely eliminate cellulite on the skin. However, recent innovations have been able to improve the appearance of cellulite permanently. While cellulite itself cannot be removed, per se, many cellulite treatment options are available to reduce cellulite’s appearance, including non-invasive, non-surgical options available at a dermatologist’s office, such as Dr. Green in New York City.
48 year old female before and after photo (source: QWO)
How to reduce cellulite
Various cellulite treatment methods are designed to reduce or temporarily remove the appearance of cellulite from the treatment area. Dr. Green typically recommends treatments such as Thermage and CoolSculpting to reduce the appearance of cellulite or stubborn fat on various areas of the body and offers a variety of treatment options that all work to rejuvenate the skin and enhance body contouring. Velashape is a “go-to” treatment option for reducing the appearance of cellulite. When you work with Dr. Green, she can create a customized treatment plan that fits your needs.
What is the Best Treatment for Cellulite?
Several fat removal and skin tightening treatment options are used for cellulite reduction and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) without side effects. The best way to determine the correct treatment for you is by consulting with Dr. Green in her New York City dermatology office. The most popular treatments offered in Dr. Green’s office that are all designed to help improve the appearance of cellulite are Velashape body contouring, CoolSculpting, and Thermage for skin tightening.
Velashape for cellulite reduction
Velashape is a nonsurgical body contouring procedure that uses a handheld device to administer a treatment that combines cellulite reduction and body contouring. Velashape is a non-invasive treatment that uses heat, infrared light, radiofrequency, and vacuum technology to manipulate the fibrous bands beneath the skin to improve the appearance of cellulite. This vacuum technology suction breaks up the lumpy pockets within the skin while the infrared light and bi-polar radio frequency energy gently heat the fat cells and surrounding tissue.
How does Velashape work as a cellulite treatment?
Ideal cellulite reduction results are achieved with 5-6 treatment sessions of VelaShape®; each spaced three weeks apart. After Velashape treatment, the skin texture in the treatment area is visibly smoother and firmer. Initial cellulite reduction results can be seen after three sessions. Velashape® is completely painless and feels much like a hot stone massage. Each session takes less than an hour and can be done in any season and for all skin types. There is no downtime after the Velashape treatment. With the new Velashape® III, Dr. Green can give even faster and better results. Velashape treatments can be combined with other cosmetic treatments to create a smooth, contoured appearance.
What is QWO Cellulite treatment?
QWO™ injectable treatment was the first injectable treatment for permanently getting rid of cellulite dimples on the buttocks. Cellulite treatment with QWO injections focused on the breakdown of fibrous bands that connect the skin to the underlying muscle and pull down on bulging fat cells to create the appearance of cellulite. The tension against the protruding fat cells was released by breaking up the fibrous bands, allowing for smoothing out of the skin. The fat cells in the area were more evenly distributed, and the dimples that are characteristic of cellulite smoothed. Additionally, QWO also helped to stimulate more collagen production in the skin. Collagen is a protein in the skin that gives it a strong foundation that keeps your skin looking smooth, firm, and youthful. Unfortunately, QWO injections for cellulite reduction are no longer available to patients as of January 2023 amid concerns of excessive and prolonged bruising in the treatment area following injections. Accessibility of QWO injections for cellulite treatment depends on whether injectors in your area carry the product and have it in stock since the company that manufactures QWO indicated they would cease its production and sale.
How to treat cellulite with QWO Injectable treatment
QWO was FDA-approved in July 2020 to permanently treat cellulite in women’s buttocks. Unfortunately, QWO is no longer available for patients interested in treating cellulite starting in 2023. The company responsible for manufacturing and selling QWO indicated they would cease producing and selling it. QWO was used to quickly and permanently remove moderate to severe cellulite dimples by targeting one of the primary biological factors of cellulite. These fibrous bands connect the muscles to the skin. After injections, the solution dissolved the fibrous bands over time, ultimately smoothing out the skin’s surface. The treatment was most effective when patients received three sessions spaced three weeks apart. Effects were visible after 10 weeks of treatment, and the results were permanent. The decision to discontinue QWO was related to the concerns about the amount of prolonged bruising patients experienced as a side effect. Although QWO may no longer be available as a cellulite reduction treatment, there are still many other treatment options for cellulite available at Dr. Michele Green’s private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, such as Thermage and Velashape.
How Thermage® helps with cellulite reduction
A single treatment of Thermage® FLX offers a noninvasive method to minimize the appearance of cellulite. Dr. Green is thrilled to offer this procedure at her Upper East Side New York City private office. With the newly designed total body tip, Thermage® FLX can penetrate deeper into the skin tissue painlessly and effectively to both tighten and smooth the skin. A single treatment can provide lasting benefits for up to two years. Thermage® FLX stimulates new collagen production by using radiofrequency energy designed to tighten skin, rejuvenating the dermis layers, reducing the appearance of stretch marks and puckering as the new collagen is produced. The procedure takes approximately one hour, and results are gradually seen over a period of four to six months. Thermage® can be done on all skin types, with no recovery time so that it can be performed all year.
CoolSculpting 10 months before and after
Sculptra Injections for Cellulite Treatment
Sculptra is a dermal filler product composed of a substance called poly-L-lactic acid. Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) is FDA-approved as a safe, synthetic, and biocompatible material that is used as a collagen stimulator to correct depressions and surface irregularities in the skin. Sculptra is designed to provide volume to the treatment area by stimulating new collagen production. While many patients take advantage of the benefits of Sculptra for targeting facial volume loss and reducing the appearance of textural acne scars, it can also be used for a non-surgical Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) and eliminating the appearance of cellulite on the buttocks. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the skin that provides it with enhanced structural support and an overall firm, smooth, tight texture. By inducing new collagen production in the buttocks area, Sculptra injections can be used to enhance the roundness, firmness, size, and volume of the buttocks and minimize the look of cellulite dimples and rippling.
It takes time for new collagen to build following treatment, and the final results of Sculptra injections can be seen 4 to 6 weeks after the injections. Typically, a short series of treatment sessions, each spaced about 4 to 6 weeks apart, are needed to achieve one’s desired results. Sculptra can also be injected to treat hip dips or hollows on the hips for body contouring and enhancing the appearance of an hourglass figure body type. Sculptra injections can be customized to an individual’s aesthetic goals, and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green can work with you to establish a treatment plan that incorporates the treatment options best for your needs.
CoolSculpting for fat reduction
CoolSculpting®, or cryolipolysis, is a revolutionary, extremely effective treatment method for removing stubborn fat areas from different body areas. The treatment works by freezing fat cells, leaving surrounding tissue undamaged. The body metabolizes the injured fat cells, resulting in a decrease in the overall amount of fat present and also helping to improve the appearance of cellulite in a treatment area. CoolSculpting is an innovative treatment option for patients seeking a solution to eliminate cellulite and fat deposits on the stomach, bra fat, banana rolls (lower buttocks), arms, and inner and outer thighs.
Can Cryo Help with Cellulite Reduction?
To determine if you are a good candidate for a cryolipolysis CoolSculpting procedure, Dr. Green will evaluate the bothersome area of unwanted fat and determine which applicators would be best suited to treat the area. It is important that although CoolSculpting is a great treatment option for unwanted fat and cellulite, it is not designed for weight loss. Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are at or near their ideal body weight and are struggling with stubborn fat pockets which are unresponsive to exercise and diet. Reducing the amount of stubborn fat in the treatment area can also help reduce cellulite’s appearance. Many patients observe significant improvement after just one CoolSculpting session, while others may need additional sessions for further fat reduction. A typical session removes 25% of fat in a given treatment area. Dr. Green will be able to assess the areas during your consultation and let you know how many sessions will be needed for the best cosmetic results. There is no downtime associated with Coolsculpting, meaning you can resume normal daily activities immediately after your treatment is complete.
Before & After: Velashape III treatment
What is the best non-surgical treatment for cellulite?
For patients who are frustrated with the appearance of cellulite but do not wish to “go under the knife” and receive surgery, there are many non-surgical options for reducing the appearance of cellulite, which are very safe and effective. With many treatment options available at Dr. Green’s office, including Velashape, CoolSculpting, and Thermage, it is important to note that no one treatment is inherently “better” than another – it is, rather, most important to determine the treatment, or series of treatments, that will work best for you. Dr. Green will also often combine treatments that target different aspects of the appearance of cellulite. For example, Dr. Green may combine treatment options to break the fibrous bands below the surface and then tighten the skin.
Cellfina® for cellulite reduction
Cellfina® is an FDA-approved subcision technique that targets and improves the dimples associated with cellulite. The Cellfina procedure involves using a device with a blade the size of a small needle, which is used to physically break up the connective bands beneath the skin that cause the lumpy appearance of cellulite dimples on the skin’s surface. The total number of Cellfina treatments required to smooth out the appearance of the skin is dependent on the number of dimples that are present in the skin in a treatment area. The dimples that are targeted during a treatment session are typically permanently removed, although new cellulite dimples do have the potential to form. There is, unfortunately, no way yet to prevent cellulite dimples from forming.
There is a few days of downtime after having a Cellfina procedure, and patients can expect to swell, bruising, and tenderness in the treatment area for several days afterward. There may be some discomfort associated with the procedure itself, though local anesthesia is typically utilized to help reduce patient discomfort. The treatment results are long-lasting and can be observed just a few days after the procedure.
Carboxytherapy for cellulite treatment
Carboxytherapy is a procedure that can improve the appearance of several skin concerns, including cellulite, dark under-eye circles, and stretch marks. The procedure entails utilizing carbon dioxide injections under the subcutaneous tissue to improve blood circulation in the targeted treatment area. Carbon dioxide is a gas naturally produced by the body and carried away by red blood cells in exchange for oxygen. The lungs exhale the carbon dioxide after being transported by the red blood cells. The increased blood flow to a treatment area helps improve the skin’s elasticity, which in turn helps improve the overall appearance of cellulite.
In carboxytherapy, the physician may inject carbon dioxide into bulging fat cells, causing them to rupture. The destroyed fat cells are excreted by the body naturally. By reducing the number of fat cells that are protruding underneath the skin, the carboxytherapy procedure helps to smooth out the appearance of cellulite dimples. Regarding downtime associated with the treatment, some recovery time is needed. Patients may experience mild amounts of bruising at or near the injection sites, though this resolves on its own within a few days of treatment. The procedure itself is relatively painless and has been approved by the FDA as a safe and effective method for reducing cellulite.
What is Cellulaze® cellulite treatment?
Cellulaze® is an invasive cosmetic treatment that is designed to temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite on the buttocks and thighs. A Cellulaze procedure works by targeting the cellulite underneath the skin’s surface, breaking apart the fibrous bands/septae under the skin that makes cellulite much more noticeable. During the treatment, a laser fiber is inserted beneath the skin into the subcutaneous tissue. The heat energy from the laser fiber effectively breaks apart the fibrous bands that intensify the look of cellulite dimples. Not only does the treatment break up the septae in the skin, but it also helps to melt away some of the excess fat cells that are bulging and contributing to the appearance of cellulite.
Additionally, the laser energy from Cellulaze induces collagen production within the skin, boosting the skin’s elasticity and improving its thickness. This also helps to reduce the look of cellulite by making the underlying fat cells less visible. The total number of treatments required to observe optimal cosmetic results varies depending on the severity of cellulite and the number of areas being treated with the procedure. Results may be observed after a single treatment, though several sessions are typically required to achieve the best results. Several weeks of downtime are associated with Cellulaze, and patients can expect bruising, swelling, and soreness in the treatment areas following the procedure. Generally, the results from Cellulaze can last for up to twelve months.
Can IPL help cellulite?
Intense Pulsed Laser treatment, also known as IPL, uses different wavelengths of light to treat various skin conditions. With different wavelengths, IPL can be used to target pigment within hair follicles, skin cells, or blood vessels. IPL is best used to treat hyperpigmentation, sun spots, aging spots, acne scars, hair removal, rosacea, and broken blood vessels. The treatment can also be used to address skin laxity and improve the tone and texture of the skin. When it comes to treating cellulite, Thermage RF treatment is typically what is preferred to address skin laxity.
What is Emtone treatment?
Emtone treatment is an anti-cellulite treatment that works via radio frequency (RF) technology to address the various causes of cellulite. The Emtone applies RF energy and heat to the treatment area at between 108 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin is triggered to tighten and smooth out the skin. Acoustic waves are also emitted from the Emtone device to increase circulation in the treatment area and boost skin cell turnover. The Emtone treatment can be used on all body areas that may be affected by cellulite, including the arms, legs, buttocks, and abdomen.
Does laser cellulite treatment work?
Yes! Laser treatments are a safe and effective treatment option for patients interested in reducing the appearance of cellulite. Several laser treatments are available to treat cellulite, including Thermage, Cellulaze, RF lasers, and Emtone. The type of laser necessary for cellulite treatment depends on each patient’s unique needs and goals. At Dr. Green’s NYC office, Thermage® is considered the gold standard for reducing the appearance of cellulite and tightening the skin. The unique Thermage® radiofrequency technology provides this dual benefit. Thermage® is a comfortable and effective treatment for all skin types, requiring no pre-treatment or downtime.
What is the best laser treatment for cellulite?
Dr. Green recommends Thermage® to tighten loose skin around the arms, buttocks, thighs, and tummy and buttocks. Cellulaze is also highly effective at reducing the appearance of cellulite by breaking up the fibrous bands that cause dimpling on the skin’s surface. However, while Cellulaze is effective, the treatment is minimally invasive, meaning a small incision must be made, which many patients shy away from.
Does Liposuction Work to Remove Cellulite?
Liposuction is an invasive procedure for fat removal that plastic surgeons perform in an operating room. This surgical procedure involves an injection of lidocaine as a local anesthetic and an epinephrine injection to control bleeding before the procedure. Patients can also opt for general anesthesia since the procedure can be painful. With this type of plastic surgery procedure, the plastic surgeon uses a metallic rod, known as a cannula, to remove unwanted fat cells. This suction technique allows for increased total fat removal, improved sculpting in the treatment area, and a quicker recovery time. It is important to note that while liposuction treatment can effectively remove fat, it cannot improve the appearance of cellulite. If reducing or removing cellulite from a treatment area is the cosmetic goal of the patient, liposuction is not the recommended procedure.
If you are looking for a non-invasive way to remove stubborn unwanted fat deposits that have been unresponsive to regular diet and exercise, and you are considering the alternatives to liposuction, which requires significant downtime following the procedure, CoolSculpting may benefit you. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved fat reduction procedure offered in the office of Dr. Green that requires no downtime whatsoever. CoolSculpting works by freezing the fat cells while leaving surrounding tissue completely unharmed. This procedure can be performed on bothersome areas such as the belly, banana roll, upper arms, flanks, thighs, submental area, and bra fat. By eliminating excess fat cells, CoolSculpting can also help reduce the appearance of cellulite. If you are unsure whether you may be a good candidate for a CoolSculpting procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Green in her NYC Upper East Side dermatology office.
Before & After: Velashape III treatment
Mesotherapy treatment for cellulite
Mesotherapy, a treatment method commonly referred to as liquid-lipo, entails using a special combination of proteins and enzymes injected directly into the skin. A meso device is utilized during the procedure, which the provider injects into the subcutaneous tissue to break up the fat and aid in lymphatic drainage effectively. After the procedure, the body then begins to metabolize these fat cells. Any excess fat that was treated during the procedure is excreted from the body through natural processes.
Mesotherapy can help improve the overall appearance of cellulite dimples and ripples. Typically, multiple treatment sessions of mesotherapy are required to treat the area and reduce or remove the cellulite effectively. Patients note that the procedure itself is associated with minimal pain, but topical anesthesia can be applied to the targeted area before treatment to help minimize any discomfort. A common side effect of the procedure is swelling and soreness, typically lasting for a few days after the treatment. You can, however, resume your normal daily activities immediately following a Mesotherapy® treatment session.
Microdermabrasion to reduce the appearance of cellulite
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that works best for patients with grade 1 cellulite. This treatment is performed by a dermatologist who uses aluminum oxide crystals that are designed to exfoliate the skin. The exfoliation of the treated area stimulates skin cell turnover, helps promote the generation of healthy, new skin cells, and improves the skin’s overall appearance. Several treatments are needed to see results. However, this treatment method generally is not as effective for treating the appearance of cellulite compared to the newer, more innovative laser technologies Dr. Green prefers to utilize for her patients when reducing or removing their cellulite. During your consultation with Dr. Green, you can discuss which treatment methods best suit your skin and desired cosmetic results.
What is Endermologie cellulite treatment?
Endermologie is a treatment that uses a handheld device that delivers a targeted deep-tissue massage to an area of the body to break apart the cellulite dimples in the skin. The massage effectively tones and tightens the skin, but several sessions are needed to see results. It is common that after completion of the procedure, patients may experience slight bruising and muscle soreness in the treated area. The effects of the Endermologie treatments can last for up to a year.
Acoustic wave therapy
Acoustic wave therapy is an in-office treatment method. The provider utilizes a handheld device that uses sound wave vibration to stimulate the connective tissues of the treatment area. The vibration improves circulation and stimulates collagen build-up, which ultimately is supposed to improve the appearance of cellulite. Typically, several treatment sessions are needed to see results.
How to shrink Cellulite on the Stomach, Abdomen, and Back
When looking to improve the appearance of cellulite on the stomach, abdomen, and back, Dr. Green may use a combination of CoolSculpting for fat reduction and Velashape body contouring. Although Coolsculpting is not specifically designed to reduce or eliminate cellulite in a given treatment area, the procedure can be combined with other non-invasive in-office cosmetic treatments such as Velashape to eliminate fat and reduce or remove cellulite effectively. Velashape uses infrared light and radiofrequency energy to contour the treatment areas, targeting underlying fat cells and inducing collagen production in the skin to give it a smoother overall appearance. There is no downtime at all involved with either Coolsculpting or Velashape treatments, and minimal discomfort for the patient during either procedure. This combination treatment approach has been used to help countless patients to look and feel like their best selves and realize their aesthetic body goals.
What is the best treatment for cellulite on your legs?
Cellulite commonly appears on the thighs and the backs of the legs but can be easily addressed with procedures such CoolSculpting and Thermage. Cellulaze also effectively destroys the fibrous bands that pull at the skin’s surface, creating a dimpled appearance on the legs. Dr. Green will often pair Thermage or Velashape with CoolSculpting, to debulk the area of stubborn fat cells and tighten the skin at the treatment site. When you have your initial consultation with Dr. Green, the two of you will discuss your treatment options and create a custom treatment plan to address your needs best.
Do Cellulite Treatments Work?
Yes! For most patients, targeted in-office cellulite treatments such as Velashape and Thermage are highly effective at either temporarily or permanently reducing cellulite. While each individual patient and their skin is unique, there are several curated treatments that Dr. Green often recommends to her patients, which are designed to treat cellulite based on its foundational biological factors. By firming the skin and improving its elasticity, disrupting the thickened fibrous bands (septae), and reducing the total number of fat cells that are in the body, the treatments that Dr. Green utilizes – Thermage, QWO, Velashape, and Coolsculpting, – can provide patients with healthy, smooth, cellulite-free skin.
52 year old female before and after photo (source: QWO-hcp.com)
How Much is Cellulite Treatment?
The total cost of your cellulite treatment will vary depending on the affected areas of treatment, the severity of the cellulite requiring treatment, and the individual patient’s aesthetic goals. Ultimately, Dr. Green always recommends the best possible treatment combination approach for her patients, focusing on long-lasting results that demonstrate the best improvement in the appearance of cellulite on the skin. When you consult Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she’ll work with you to determine the treatment plan that best balances your goals and budget. It is also best to ask if there are any specials as well at the time of your consultation.
How long does cellulite treatment last?
The cellulite reduction treatments offered in the private dermatology office of Dr. Michele Green provide long-lasting results. While there is not yet a cellulite treatment option that can produce permanent results, patients can expect that the cosmetic effects from their in-office cellulite treatments last at least 6 months, with many lasting much longer. Most patients that are interested in cellulite reduction treatments will engage in regular maintenance treatment sessions as part of their plan to keep up the best cosmetic results. When you consult with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green for your cellulite reduction treatment, she will work with you to create a customized treatment approach for your cellulite reduction that best suits your specific concerns and needs with a timeline for your treatments that works best for you.
How to Get Rid of Cellulite Overnight
Unfortunately for us, cellulite is a complex condition influenced by several contributing factors, including hormones, aging, and environmental stress, making it difficult to get rid of overnight. This makes cellulite a challenging skin concern to treat successfully despite recent advancements in lasers and other technology. The cellulite is typically determined by three biological factors: fibrous bands, skin laxity, and fat cells. The best approach to treating cellulite is through a combination of laser devices, Velashape treatments, and Thermage. The combination of treatments that is right for you will differ from what might be best for someone and their skin and can be determined in a consultation with Dr. Green.
What are the different grades of cellulite?
In the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, published in 2009, doctors established a severity scale for accessing cellulite. The cellulite scale established three grades ranging from grade 1 to 3.
Grade 1 – (mild) superficial dimpling with an “orange peel” appearance and 1-4 slight depressions in the skin.
Grade 2 – (moderate) deeper skin rippling with a “cottage cheese”-like appearance and 5-9 medium depressions in the skin.
Grade 3 – (severe) deep skin rippling with a “mattress-like” appearance and 10 or more deep depressions.
What hormonal factors contribute to cellulite?
Hormones can also influence the presence or increase of cellulite in the body. The hormones contributing to cellulite production are thyroid hormones, prolactin, noradrenaline, insulin, and estrogen. With age, estrogen levels begin to decrease, resulting in the expansion of fat cells and a reduction in blood flow. Both of these factors contribute to the formation of cellulite dimples and ripples and influence the prominence of cellulite in women as they age. Cellulite is much more prevalent in menopausal women, as the shift in estrogen coincides with a decrease in the amount of collagen production within the connective tissues can contribute to the appearance of cellulite.
How to avoid cellulite
Unfortunately, for most of us, cellulite cannot be prevented. Cellulite formation is just a natural part of the aging process for most women. Many women even develop the first signs of cellulite in adolescence. However, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine can help to limit the amount of cellulite in the body. For most patients, cellulite treatments, such as Thermage FLX or Velashape, are needed to achieve cellulite reduction successfully.
DIY Cellulite treatments for cellulite
If you’re wondering how to get rid of cellulite fast, you may be disappointed to learn that changing your lifestyle may have a minimal effect on the appearance of your cellulite. Unfortunately, no miracle cream, topical treatment regimen, or exercise plan is guaranteed to remove the dimples in the skin. However, there are a few at-home changes in routine that may help to reduce cellulite. Nevertheless, in-office procedures are the best and most effective way to completely and permanently remove cellulite. Below are some of the ways that in-office procedures can be enhanced at home.
How to combat cellulite with exercise
Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet can help shed extra pounds, ultimately leading to eliminating unwanted fat and improving cellulite. You should focus on exercises that target the areas of the body which are most prone to developing cellulite, such as the posterior thighs and buttocks. Exercise that tones the muscles and burns fat, such as cardio and strength training, will tighten the skin and help minimize the appearance of dimples that are characteristic of cellulite. A reduction in the overall amount of body fat with weight loss methods can often help improve the appearance of cellulite, although, unfortunately, this is not always the case.
How to help cellulite with dry brushing
Dry brushing is a form of Ayurvedic medicine that uses a bristled brush on dry skin to encourage lymphatic drainage. Dry brushing is an exfoliation treatment that stimulates blood and lymph flow, removes dead skin cells, and stimulates new skin cell growth. Dry brushing helps improve blood circulation, which may help improve cellulite’s appearance. This method is best for improving the look of type 1 cellulite. Dry brushing should be done in upward circular motions before showering and can be performed 2-3 times a week for best results. Remember that the benefits of dry brushing should last for as long as the method is practiced.
Thermage before and after
Do Cellulite creams work?
There are several topical cellulite creams and lotions available that can be used to help both soften and tighten the skin, reducing the overall appearance of cellulite in different treatment areas. The success of these topical lotions depends largely on the severity of your cellulite. Unfortunately, for grades 2 and 3 cellulite, topical treatments will probably not be the best solution. Topical solutions may be useful for improving the appearance of grade 1 cellulite and can even help enhance some in-office cellulite treatments. While cellulite creams can help temporarily reduce cellulite’s appearance, in-office body contouring treatment options have proven to be more effective for reducing cellulite. A board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green in NYC is an expert in non-invasive cosmetic treatment options for stimulating new collagen production and improving the appearance of dimpled skin texture.
How to Fix Cellulite with Topical Skincare
There are several topical cellulite creams and lotions available that can be used to help both soften and tighten the skin, reducing the overall appearance of cellulite on the skin’s surface in different treatment areas. The success of topical skincare for cellulite reduction depends largely on the severity of your cellulite. Unfortunately, for grades 2 and 3 cellulite, topical treatments will probably not be the best solution. Topical solutions may be useful for improving the appearance of grade 1 cellulite and can even help enhance some in-office cellulite treatments.
Most topical treatments for cellulite reduction work by decreasing the water content of fat cells or by thickening the outer layer of the skin, resulting in an improved appearance of superficial cellulite and an overall smoother skin texture. When choosing a topical cellulite treatment to help remedy the appearance of dimples and lumps, there are some key ingredients to look for. Some of the most effective over-the-counter skincare for cellulite reduction are lotions and creams that contain ingredients such as caffeine, retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, and aminophylline. Caffeine, as a skincare ingredient, works by increasing the blood flow to the skin, improving circulation, and altering the water content of the fat cells in the skin. The result is a softened appearance of cellulite and a smoother skin texture overall.
Caffeine is incorporated into the formulations of many over-the-counter skincare products. However, one can take advantage of the benefits of caffeine with a coffee scrub made at home! Just be sure that your coffee grounds are not decaf. They won’t provide the same skin benefits as regular coffee grounds. Additionally, Retinol-based lotions generate new collagen in the skin, improving the skin’s tone and texture. Retinol is available in various strengths. The highest strength available should be used for cellulite treatment to yield the best cosmetic results. If you’re stumped about the best skincare regimen for managing the appearance of your cellulite, schedule an appointment with Dr. Green. Dr. Green can evaluate your skin texture and help you develop a skincare routine that meets your cosmetic needs and goals and provides you with real, lasting results.
Is cellulite genetic? Why cellulite occurs
There are many contributing factors regarding cellulite formation, including a genetic component, as it tends to run in families. Women are more likely than men to develop cellulite due to naturally thinner skin and the tendency to store fat in the buttocks, hips, and thighs. Additional factors, however, do contribute to the appearance of cellulite. Other reasons that cellulite forms include hormone fluctuations, weight gain, an inactive lifestyle, skin laxity, aging, and taking certain medications. Regardless of what underlying factors have contributed to your skin condition, it is possible to reduce the appearance of cellulite through various non-invasive treatment options available at Dr. Green’s private dermatology office in New York City. When you consult with Dr. Green for your cellulite treatment, she will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that best suits your needs and goals.
Can cellulite go away? Is cellulite permanent?
Currently, there is no cure for cellulite. However, it is possible to reduce the appearance of cellulite with various non-invasive cosmetic treatment options. Engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and strengthening muscles, can also help reduce cellulite’s appearance, regardless of age, gender, and weight. If you are struggling with cellulite rippling or dimples and want to achieve a smoother skin texture without cosmetic surgery, schedule a consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green. Dr. Green offers a host of non-invasive body contouring and rejuvenating treatment options at her private dermatology office in New York and will work with you to select the procedures that are best suited to you.
Is cellulite unhealthy?
Cellulite itself is harmless and not necessarily an indication of poor health. Cellulite is a common skin condition that may affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or weight. While engaging in regular exercise and maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can often help prevent fat cells from accumulating and, in turn, prevent cellulite, there is no guarantee. Since one’s genetics impact the presence of cellulite, some people are more prone to developing cellulite than others.
Is cellulite natural?
Yes, cellulite is a natural and harmless skin condition that is very common. 90% of all women and 10% of men are affected by cellulite. While cellulite is not dangerous or harmful, its appearance may be considered unsightly. For many, the appearance of cellulite may induce feelings of self-consciousness or low self-esteem. Those who dislike cellulite’s appearance can opt for cellulite reduction treatment. There are various cellulite treatment options available at Dr. Green’s private, boutique dermatology office in New York City that will reduce the appearance of cellulite with long-lasting, natural-looking results.
Is cellulite fat cells?
Cellulite is caused by tension between bulging fat cells and the fibrous cords that connect the skin to the underlying muscle. This harmless skin condition often causes a rippling or dimpled appearance across the skin’s surface and tends to affect areas of the body with the highest distribution of fat cells. Some of the most commonly affected areas include the thighs, abdomen, buttocks, hips, and breasts.
Why cellulite hurts
Some individuals find that areas of the body that are affected by cellulite may be tender to the touch or associated with a dull pain. The tension from fluid retention causes pain in areas of the body with cellulite. This fluid retention can also limit circulation to the area, causing discomfort and tenderness. It may be more painful when sitting or lying in certain positions. If you suffer from painful cellulite, it is recommended to consult with an experienced, board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green, in New York. Dr. Green is a world-renowned expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology and will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan for reducing your cellulite and relieving discomfort.
Why cellulite forms
Cellulite forms due to the tension between bulging fat cells and the fibrous cords that connect the skin to the underlying muscle. While fat cells contribute to the appearance of cellulite, they are not the direct cause of cellulite. As the fat cells in that lower layer increase and expand, they push against the connective tissue, creating the dimpled skin appearance of cellulite. Lack of exercise, aging, poor diet, genetics, and hormones are all factors that can contribute to the formation of cellulite. While exercise and diet can be managed to try and help prevent fat cells from accumulating and, in turn, cellulite from developing, there is no guarantee. Since one’s genetics influences cellulite, some people are more prone to developing cellulite than others. While fat cells contribute to cellulite’s appearance, individuals of any weight, size, and age can develop cellulite.
Who gets cellulite?
Cellulite is an incredibly common skin condition that can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, or weight. Cellulite is, however, more common in women than in men. In fact, cellulite affects over 90% of women, while less than 10% of men have cellulite. This is because women’s fat is typically stored in areas of the body such as the buttocks and thighs. Women also have naturally thinner skin than men, increasing cellulite’s visibility. Cellulite is also more commonly seen with aging, as skin laxity increases and cellulite becomes more visible. The appearance of cellulite may worsen with weight gain, but the skin condition can also affect those with a slender build. Cellulite occurs due to a combination of contributing factors, and fat itself is not the only cause.
How do I get Started with Cellulite Treatment Today?
Approximately 90% of women experience some form of cellulite in their adult lives. For many, the appearance of dimpled skin or an orange peel-like skin texture can induce feelings of self-consciousness and lead to low self-esteem. While many over-the-counter cellulite creams may briefly improve the appearance of cellulite, most patients will require a stronger approach to achieve cellulite reduction effectively. Luckily, there are several non-surgical cellulite reduction treatment options available at the private dermatology office of Dr. Michele Green in New York City. If you’re frustrated with the appearance of your cellulite and are looking for a way to achieve and maintain firm, smooth, healthy skin, Dr. Green is here to help.
Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned expert and authority in the field of cosmetic dermatology and will help you develop a customized treatment approach to reduce the appearance of cellulite and achieve tighter, firmer, smoother skin that lasts. Dr. Green has been practicing the best non-invasive body contouring and cosmetic laser treatments in NYC for over two and a half decades, including CoolSculpting, laser hair removal, Thermage, and Velashape. If you want to achieve total rejuvenation without cosmetic surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Green. She is consistently identified as one of New York City’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine for her dedication to her patients and expertise. To get started with cellulite reduction, contact us online or call 212-535-3088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Green and learn more about the best non-invasive cellulite treatment options available today.