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Cellulite is one of the most common skin conditions that women seek treatment for in the private NYC dermatology office of Dr. Michele Green. Cellulite affects nearly 90% of all women, making cellulite treatment one of the most popularly requested in Dr. Green’s private New York office. Cellulite is a skin condition that is characterized by the presence of dimples on the skin that cause a lumpy, “orange peel” or “cottage cheese” like texture. Cellulite is a skin condition that can develop in any patient regardless of their age, weight, or gender and may appear in various places on the body, including the abdomen, buttocks, arms, and legs. The rippling effect on skin that is associated with cellulite develops due to a build-up of collagen in the connective tissue, which creates tension on the surface of the skin while pushing fat cells upwards.

Although cellulite is an extremely common condition, it can cause many of us to feel self-conscious. If the presence of cellulite is preventing you from putting on that cute new pair of shorts or keeping you from wearing a bathing suit on the beach, then it may be time to take steps that can help to reduce or even eliminate your cellulite. Luckily, advances in the field of cosmetic dermatology have led to the production of a wide range of treatment options for combatting cellulite, leaving your skin looking smoother, firmer, and tighter in the long term. Dr. Green offers various types of treatments for cellulite that work in different ways to eliminate the appearance of dimples and puckering. Depending on the amount, severity, and location of the cellulite that is present, Dr. Green may recommend a unique combination of non-invasive treatments, such as injectable QWO treatments that work to break down the fibrous bands that create the rippling tension on the skin or skin tightening treatments like Thermage FLX and Velashape, which use radiofrequency technology to break the fibrous septae and tighten and firm the skin.

While the wide range of available treatment options may have the potential to feel overwhelming, Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned and board-certified cosmetic dermatologist who will help you to navigate the world of non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including cellulite treatments, and work with you to create a customized treatment plan that is perfectly suited to your needs. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience in cosmetic dermatology and is consistently voted as one of New York City’s best physicians by Super Doctors, New York Magazine, and Castle Connolly. She is recognized and appreciated around the globe for her holistic approach to providing non-invasive cosmetic treatments to remove fat cells, reduce the appearance of cellulite, eliminate stretch marks, and tighten and firm the skin.

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What is cellulite?

Cellulite is a skin condition in which the surface of the skin is rippled or dimpled, giving it a lumpy characteristic commonly described as an “orange peel” or “cottage cheese” like appearance. Dimpling cellulite forms on the surface of the skin as the result of three biological factors: thickening of the fibrous septae (fibrous bands) that connect the skin to the muscle, the bulk and concentration of fat cells under the skin, and the laxity (looseness) of skin. Although any individual may experience the presence of cellulite despite age, gender, and weight, it is a common experience that as we age, the fibrous septae thicken due to the build-up of collagen type 1 and type 3. This thickening of the bands results in tension on the surface of the skin. This tension in the connective tissue also forces the fat cells towards the upper layer of the skin, creating a dimpled texture across the surface of the skin. The higher the concentration of fat cells, the more pronounced the dimpling in the skin becomes. In addition, when patients have an increased amount of skin laxity, meaning that their skin becomes looser due to the natural aging process, it means that the cellulite is more visible because there is more space for the fat cells to fill underneath the surface of the skin.

There are three levels of severity of cellulite, which are as follows:

  • Grade 1 (mild cellulite) – a slight rippling of the skin that results in an “orange peel” like texture, with between 1 and 4 deeper dimples in the skin.
  • Grade 2 (moderate cellulite) – a more pronounced rippling of the skin that results in a “cottage cheese” like texture, with approximately 5 to 9 deeper dimples in the skin.
  • Grace 3 (severe cellulite) – a very prominent rippling of skin that results in a “mattress” like texture, with ten or more deeper dimples in the skin

Cellulite may affect patients of any age, gender, and weight and may appear in various areas of the body. Patients most commonly experience visible cellulite dimples or rippling on areas of the body such as the arms, stomach, buttocks, and legs. There are multiple cutting-edge treatment options that are available at Dr. Michele Green’s office that are designed to address cellulite of any severity level in all areas of the body, and during your consultation with her in her private dermatology office located in the Upper East Side office of Manhattan, she will work with you to determine which cosmetic treatment option or a unique combination of treatments are best suited to you and your needs.

What causes cellulite on the buttocks and legs?

The appearance of cellulite results from a combination of several different biological factors, many of which are completely out of your control. Many people believe that cellulite appears because of an increase in the size or number of fat cells that accompanies weight gain. While this can influence the presence of visible cellulite, it is not, however, the only contributing factor to its development. Although an increase in the size and number of fat cells may affect the severity of cellulite dimples on the skin, an increase in fat cells alone does not cause cellulite to form. This means that cosmetic treatments that are designed exclusively for the purpose of removing excess fat cells can not completely eliminate the appearance of cellulite.

Cellulite occurs when the fibrous bands in the skin, or fibrous septae, begin to thicken. This process of thickening septae results in the creation of tension between the skin and the underlying muscle. These fibrous septae start to thicken as a result of increased production of collagen type 1 and collagen type 3, which is often a common part of the natural aging process. As we age, our skin also begins to decrease in elasticity. The loss in elasticity that is associated with aging skin makes it less able to resist the tension of the fibrous septae, and because the skin on our buttocks and legs starts to become laxer over time, the dimpled skin becomes much more noticeable. As such, the natural aging process is one of the major causes of cellulite, which is one reason why the appearance of cellulite is so difficult to prevent.

Another biological factor for the development of cellulite that is also mostly out of our control is the presence and shifting of different hormone levels that are in the body. Women are actually more likely to develop cellulite than men, and that is largely due to the types and prevalence of certain hormones, such as estrogen, prolactin, noradrenaline, and insulin, in the body. The development of cellulite is more common in women who are experiencing menopause, as the shift in estrogen levels can lead to an enlargement of existing fat cells as well as an increase in collagen production in the connective tissue. Your genetics can also have an impact on whether or not you will develop cellulite dimples or rippling and the severity of the skin condition. As discussed, there are many biological risk factors for developing cellulite on your legs and buttocks that simply cannot be prevented purely with lifestyle changes. That is when many patients turn to dermatological cellulite treatment with expert board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in NYC in order to eliminate the appearance of cellulite.

Cellulite Reduction Treatments

There are multiple treatment modalities for cellulite reduction treatment, including radiofrequency treatments like Thermage and Velashape, laser treatments such as Cellulaze, which uses a laser fiber to relieve the tension of the fibrous bands, and Cellfina treatment uses a fine needle to accomplish the same task. There are also other methods for tackling pockets of stubborn body fat that don’t respond to consistent exercise and a healthy diet that may contribute to the appearance of cellulite, like CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that works by freezing fat cells to reduce the bulk of fat under the skin. Carboxytherapy is a cellulite reduction treatment that entails the injection of carbon dioxide under the skin to increase blood flow. Additionally, topical cellulite creams can soften and tighten the skin by providing moisture to plump the skin and temporarily improve skin laxity. All treatments are designed to reduce the severity of the appearance of cellulite, and it can be overwhelming to navigate the various cellulite treatments available on the market. Expert, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in NYC will create a customized cellulite reduction treatment plan that will work best for you.

Topical Cellulite Creams

When cellulite dimples or rippling begin to appear on different areas of the body, whether it be the arms, legs, or buttocks, many patients may first try to minimize their appearance with the use of topical cellulite cream. There are a variety of lotions that can be used to help address the symptoms of grade 1 cellulite that you can incorporate into your skincare routine. The creams that target cellulite act as moisturizers while simultaneously reducing the water content of the fat cells. These cellulite creams often contain active ingredients that are chemicals such as retinol, aminophylline, and caffeine. Caffeine-based creams are particularly effective when it comes to increasing the amount of circulation in the treatment area to which they are applied, which helps to reduce the visible effects of cellulite, while retinol-based creams help to stimulate the production of new collagen in the skin. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will work with you to develop a treatment plan that incorporates the best specially formulated topical cellulite creams and in-office cosmetic procedures to effectively eliminate your cellulite.

How to stop cellulite on the legs

There is a common misconception that cellulite develops on the body as a direct result of body fat and that you could prevent cellulite from forming if you simply eat well regularly and exercise often. However, due to the many biological factors that play a role in the formation of cellulite, it is not necessarily as easy to prevent cellulite dimples and rippling as many may think. While exercise can help to develop muscle and tone the buttocks and legs, which can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, it will likely not be enough to eliminate the risk of developing cellulite completely. There are many other factors that contribute to the development of cellulite that cannot be prevented with a healthy diet and exercise. Cellulite can develop due to the natural aging process – particularly for women – due to the shift of hormones that occur throughout a woman’s life. There is a strong genetic factor in the development of cellulite as well. You may have noticed that you are developing cellulite in the same areas as your mom. However, while the development of cellulite may not be completely preventable, there are many treatments available to eliminate cellulite once it has developed.

How to treat cellulite on your legs

For many patients who are struggling with cellulite and looking for the best way to get rid of cellulite dimples and rippling on the legs, there may be an expectation that there is one single preferred method. The truth is there are many different treatment options that can be taken advantage of to help reduce the appearance of cellulite on the thighs. If you have noticed cellulite on your legs and are wondering which treatment method would be best suited to targeting the type or types of cellulite that you’re experiencing, the best first step to take is to schedule a consultation with an expert, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in New York City. With Dr. Green, you will be able to discuss in depth your physical and aesthetic goals and determine the treatment options that will best address your concerns and provide you with the long-lasting results that you’re after. Whether you are treated for cellulite with Thermage, Velashape, QWO, or a unique combination of cellulite treatments, Dr. Green will tailor your plan to serve you and your needs.

What helps with cellulite on legs/thighs?

Cellulite is a complex skin condition with various factors contributing to its development and severity. A common myth about cellulite is that it is directly correlated to fat and that losing weight will improve or get rid of cellulite completely. Unfortunately, this is not the case, as cellulite results from fibrous bands pulling on the skin, causing fat to bulge out and creating dimples and a lumpy appearance similar to orange peels or cottage cheese. Although exercise can help reduce the size of fat cells and tone the muscle to soften the appearance of cellulite, sometimes the weight loss can contribute to skin laxity, making the cellulite appear worse. Genetics, gender, and hormones are some of the contributing factors to cellulite, as women are more likely to develop cellulite due to the differences in the natural distribution of body fat and any lumpy skin.

Various non-invasive cellulite reduction treatments are available in cosmetic dermatology to reduce cellulite with minimal downtime and discomfort. For example, VelaShape is a popular cellulite treatment that utilizes infrared light, and bipolar radiofrequency energy combined with vacuum suction and deep tissue massage to stimulate collagen and elastin production and stretch out the stiff fibrous bands. VelaShape has long-lasting results with zero downtime, and the procedure itself is quick, making it a perfect “lunchtime” procedure. Dr. Green often recommends a combination of VelaShape for cellulite reduction and Thermage FLX for skin tightening to produce the best results. Thermage FLX is the newest Thermage radiofrequency device that heats the dermal layers of the skin to stimulate collagen synthesis for a tightening and lifting effect with zero downtime. To find the safest and most effective cellulite reduction treatment for you, consult with expert board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green at her private NYC office.

What is the fastest way to get rid of cellulite on the legs?

Many people seem to recommend exercise and a healthy diet to promote weight loss and build up muscles. While these lifestyle choices can help make you feel good and may somewhat reduce the appearance of cellulite, it is not guaranteed to eliminate dimples and rippling from the skin caused by genetic factors, and it is not at all a fast process. Additionally, weight loss may contribute to skin laxity or loose skin, which can worsen the appearance of cellulite as the skin wrinkles and folds over the dimples. Various cellulite reduction topical creams can soften the appearance of cellulite, but consistent use for at least three months is typically necessary to notice improvement. If you would like to get rid of cellulite on the buttocks and thighs quickly and effectively, it is best to take advantage of the treatments that have become available thanks to advancements in cosmetic dermatology. For example, the results of Velashape for cellulite reduction can be noticed about six weeks after the first treatment, with most patients noticing the results after the third session. At Dr. Green’s office in New York City, there are many options for the treatment of cellulite, including radiofrequency technology and laser treatments, in addition to supplements to treatment such as topical cellulite creams and more. Below, you can find more information on each individual procedure to help you form an idea of the cellulite treatment that would work best for you.

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QWO injections for cellulite treatment

QWO treatment is the first FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved injectable to eliminate the appearance of cellulite on the skin surface of the thighs and buttocks. The treatment works by using a fine needle to inject a solution containing collagenase enzymes AUX-1 and AUX-III, which are naturally occurring in the body. These enzymes target the collagen type 1 and type 3 that is responsible for causing tension in the fibrous septae. The enzymes break down the collagen in the septae causing the bands to break, which releases the tension. As a result, the subcutaneous fat cells that have been driven to the skin’s surface are redistributed, and the dimpling on the skin disappears. The injectable takes advantage of the body’s natural processes, which means it takes several months for the effects to become fully visible, but after several months, the results are permanent. Endo Aesthetics, the pharmaceutical company that developed QWO, ceased its production in late 2022 due to excessive bruising, though the FDA approval remains active.

The QWO procedure is quick, simple, and painless. The treatment area is marked, and the number of injections necessary is determined by the injector. Most patients do not require any anesthesia for the procedure, as any potential discomfort is minimal. Following the injections, there is no downtime, meaning patients can return to their regularly scheduled activities immediately. The most common side effect of QWO injections is bruising at the treatment site, which can last a few weeks. QWO treatment effectively breaks the fibrous septae and redistributes fat cells but does not improve skin laxity and is therefore, often paired with a treatment like Thermage FLX. Although effective, QWO may be discontinued from the marketplace for lack of interest in this injectable due to the bruising involved.

What is Cellfina for Cellulite Reduction Treatment?

Cellfina is a minimally-invasive treatment for cellulite on the buttocks and thighs that targets the primary cause of cellulite: the fibrous connective bands that pull on the skin and contribute to dimpling. Cellfina is approved by the FDA and works through the process of subcision, a technique in which the connective bands under the skin are broken up and loosened using a microblade. Cellfina follows a similar principle to Cellulaze but rather than using a laser to break apart the fibrous bands, the treatment employs a tiny needle to do so. The procedure is minimally invasive, involving the insertion of a microblade in the treatment area (such as the thigh or buttocks) to sever the fibrous septae. Targeting the fibrous bands that causes dimpling by holding the skin taut will improve cellulite and make the skin look smoother and firmer. Like Cellulaze and QWO, Cellfina is very effective in eliminating cellulite by targeting the fibrous bands but unlike QWO, the effects of Cellfina treatment can be seen within a few days rather than a few months. Cellfina is no longer a very popular treatment due to its invasive nature.

The best candidate for Cellfina is a healthy individual at a stable weight who has cellulite on the thighs or the buttocks and minimal skin laxity. The Cellfina treatment is relatively painless, as the treatment area is numbed with topical anesthetic or local anesthetic injections prior to the procedure. Bruising and swelling are the most common side effects of Cellfina, which are expected and typically lasts for about two weeks. Results can be noticed around one week post-treatment as the swelling subsides, with full results evident within four to eight weeks depending on the severity of the cellulite. The results are long-lasting and can last up to three years, though the body constantly undergoes changes naturally with age so new dimples can form. Maintenance treatments can be done annually to maintain the best results.

Can you use QWO on thighs?

QWO can be injected into both the buttocks and thighs to eliminate discreet cellulite dimples in either treatment area. Clinical studies for QWO were focused exclusively on treatment of cellulite dimples on the buttocks, and the cosmetic injectable is FDA approved only for this area. However, QWO is a safe and effective off-label treatment for cellulite dimples on the thighs, too. Bruising is a common side effect of QWO injections and can last for one month, so it is not the ideal cellulite treatment for the thighs. Furthermore, the production and sale of QWO was discontinued by Endo Aesthetics, the maker of QWO, at the end of 2022 for lack of commercial opportunity and concerns with excessive bruising post-treatment. However, its FDA approval remains active. If you are frustrated by the appearance of cellulite on your thighs, it is best to consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in NYC for the best cellulite treatment options. Together with Dr. Green during your consultation, you will have the chance to identify your primary skin concerns and the treatment areas that you would like to target with your cellulite treatments. Dr. Green will carefully assess the desired treatment areas as well as overall body contouring and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that incorporates the treatment options that are best suited to you and your unique needs.

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Subcision with Dermal Fillers for cellulite dimples

Subcision is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that entails using a fine needle or cannula to sever the fibrous bands (fibrous septae) under the surface of the skin that partially contributes to the appearance of cellulite. Dr. Green often recommends to her patients who are treated with subcision for cellulite dimples on the buttocks or on the posterior thighs that they pair their subcision treatment with a dermal filler. By performing subcision with dermal filler injections, Dr. Green is able to simultaneously break apart fibrous bands to reduce tension and replace volume in the areas that have a dimpled appearance. Dermal fillers commonly used in cosmetic dermatology include hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, and Belotero, as well as collagen-inducing fillers such as Sculptra, which is made of poly-L-lactic acid to stimulate collagen synthesis. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office located in the Upper East side neighborhood of Manhattan, you will have the opportunity to discuss with her your specific concerns and work with her to determine which dermal filler is right for your treatment.

Thermage Radiofrequency laser treatment for cellulite reduction

Thermage is a non-invasive laser treatment that utilizes radiofrequency technology and is designed for tightening, smoothing, and firming the skin. Thermage is an excellent treatment option for patients who are looking to target the appearance of cellulite on the buttocks, thighs, and upper arms. Cellulite is a skin condition that occurs when fibrous bands under the surface of the skin cause the subcutaneous fat accumulation in the area to stick out, which leads to a rippling effect on the skin. Skin laxity or loose skin can contribute to the appearance of cellulite as the skin wrinkles and folds over the dimples. Thermage can be used to reduce signs of cellulite by thickening the skin and creating a smoother texture. The radiofrequency energy of the Thermage treatment penetrates the dermal layers of the skin, where new collagen production is stimulated. Collagen is a protein that is naturally occurring in the body and supplies the skin with enhanced elasticity, a firm foundation, and a youthful appearance. By inducing collagenases, Thermage is able to replenish lost collagen in a treatment area, ultimately leading to the thickening of the skin which helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Patients of Dr. Green enjoy that their cosmetic results are visible after a single treatment session and that the comfort pulse technology that is part of the Thermage device ensures that there is minimal if any, discomfort throughout the procedure. Not only can Thermage be used to reduce cellulite, but it can also treat the abdomen, face, jowls, and thighs to improve skin elasticity and restore a younger and more rejuvenated appearance.

VelaShape treatment for the appearance of cellulite

VelaShape is another effective cellulite reduction treatment that utilizes radiofrequency (RF) energy, infrared (IR) light, and vacuum technology with deep tissue massage to reduce cellulite, promote lymphatic drainage and contour the body. The handheld device, when pressed to your skin, delivers infrared light and RF energy, which heats the fat cells and inner layer of the skin to stimulate collagen production, which provides you with smoother, firmer skin. The vacuum technology dissipates the bulk beneath the skin and loosens the fibrous septae to contour the area. After 5-6 treatment sessions, each taking less than an hour, you should begin to see the effects of cellulite reduction as a result of the treatment. There is no downtime following this treatment, meaning you can return to normal daily activities after the VelaShape procedure. VelaShape is best suited for reducing cellulite on the buttocks and thighs, as well as overall body contouring and slimming of the thighs.

Cellulaze to remove cellulite

Another treatment that targets the fibrous bands that are responsible for the appearance of cellulite is the Cellulaze treatment. This minimally invasive procedure involves inserting a laser fiber under the skin, which severs the fibrous septae to relieve the tension between the muscles and the skin. Once this tension is relieved, the fat cells get redistributed, providing a smoother look and improving skin thickness. As the procedure does involve a small incision, there is some downtime – typically 1 to 2 days following treatment – and the results of the treatment can last for up to a year. While the QWO treatment similarly involves severing the fibrous septae, the results for QWO treatment take more time to show as the enzymes slowly break down the collagen in the fibrous bands. Cellulaze, unfortunately, is more invasive than QWO injections and is associated with downtime.

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CoolSculpting to remove fat cells

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure for fat reduction, in which fat is eliminated through controlled freezing of the subcutaneous fat cells, a process referred to as cryolipolysis. CoolSculpting utilizes patented and FDA-approved machines and applicators that deliver controlled cooling to the deeper areas of the skin where fat resides, freezing the fat cells that are then destroyed and naturally eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system. CoolSculpting is an effective procedure to use to “debulk” an area of the body that has a high concentration of fat cells and is commonly used to treat areas of stubborn fat, such as the abdomen, arms, flanks, and double chin. A single treatment of CoolSculpting can eliminate up to 25% of the fat cells in the treated area, and the full results take around three months as the fat is gradually removed from the body. The most common side effects of CoolSculpting are temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, and soreness in the treated area, which lasts about one week. Unlike invasive surgical procedures like liposuction to remove excess fat, CoolSculpting does not require any recovery time, and you can resume normal daily activities immediately after the treatment.

Although fat alone does not cause cellulite, excess fat in areas where cellulite occurs can contribute to the worsened appearance of the cellulite dimples. One of the many benefits of CoolSculpting is that the fat removal process is gradual, so there is no risk of developing skin laxity. After eliminating the excess fat from that part of the body, Dr. Green may pair this treatment with VelaShape for body contouring and QWO injections or Cellulaze to sever the fibrous bands in order to see the most dramatic reduction in cellulite.

Sculptra Injections for Cellulite on legs and buttock

Sculptra is a dermal filler that is composed of an ingredient called poly-L-lactic acid. When injected into a given treatment area, Sculptra stimulates new collagen production. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein within the skin that contributes to overall skin elasticity and firmness. As a part of the aging process, collagen is broken down, and its levels in the skin deplete, causing increased skin laxity. Increased skin laxity is one of the factors that contribute to the visibility of cellulite dimples and rippling. By restoring collagen to a given treatment area through Sculptra injections, patients are able to achieve smoother, firmer, tighter skin and a reduction in visible cellulite.

Dr. Green typically suggests that for cellulite treatment on the buttocks, patients have their subcision procedure with Sculptra injections. When injected into a given treatment area, Sculptra stimulates new collagen production. Dr. Green also utilizes Sculptra to correct the appearance of hip dips and to provide patients with a non-surgical butt lift. The new collagen that is produced by injecting Sculptra helps to supply the necessary volume to the treatment area and will help to smooth out the texture of the skin and eliminate the look of cellulite dimples. Dr. Green will work with you to determine whether or not you are a candidate for subcision with dermal fillers for cellulite treatment, hip dips, or a non-surgical butt lift during your consultation with her in her boutique dermatology office located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.

Carboxy treatment for the treatment of cellulite

Carboxy treatment is another treatment that helps to improve the appearance of the skin by injecting carbon dioxide into the tissue under the skin. The carbon dioxide helps to increase the flow of blood to that region, which in turn stimulates the production of collagen. This collagen creation leads to smoother, firmer skin, which helps to decrease the visibility of cellulite.

Liposuction for fat removal

Liposuction is an invasive procedure that is performed by a plastic surgeon in order to surgically remove excess fat from an area in the body. The operation involves an incision into which a metal rod is inserted to remove the fat. Liposuction is a form of plastic surgery, meaning there is a more significant recovery period and a higher potential for side effects. Further, while liposuction effectively reduces the number of fat cells in the treatment area, it does not address the fibrous bands that are largely responsible for the appearance of cellulite. As such, liposuction will likely have to be paired with an additional treatment in order to fully eliminate your cellulite.


Mesotherapy is a treatment used to target fat cells and promote lymphatic drainage. Proteins and enzymes are injected into the treatment area to break apart the fat cells. Mesotherapy is another treatment that is most effective to treat cellulite when paired with a procedure that will also target the fibrous septae, such as QWO treatment or Cellfina. You will likely require multiple treatments in order to see the best results, and no downtime is necessary following the procedures.

Acoustic Wave Therapy

Acoustic wave therapy treatment works via the stimulating effects of vibrations on the tissue. The sound waves vibrating the skin and underlying connective tissue help to improve circulation, and as a result, collagen production is responsible for creating smoother, firmer skin.

Do cellulite treatments work?

Yes! All of the cellulite treatments listed above have been shown to be very effective when it comes to reducing or even fully eliminating all of the symptoms of cellulite. By targeting the root causes of cellulite – tension in the fibrous bands, the concentration of fat cells, and skin laxity – treatments eliminate cellulite at the source. If you are feeling ready to improve the appearance of your cellulite, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green in NYC to determine the best treatment plan for you.

What is the best treatment for cellulite on your legs?

All of the treatments listed above work wonders in reducing the appearance of cellulite on the legs. There is no one treatment that is “best” for treating cellulite on your legs – it is important to determine the treatment that is best for your aesthetic and physical goals and is both safe and effective for your body contour. It may be that the most effective treatment is a combination of several different cosmetic treatments, such as Thermage and VelaShape. When you have your initial consultation with Dr. Green, she will discuss your treatment options and your desired cosmetic results to customize a plan to reduce the cellulite on your legs.

Can cellulite treatments be used in combination?

Yes, of course! Cellulite is a skin condition that is caused by tension in the fibrous septae that connect the skin to the muscle, as well as the bulging of fat cells in the area, and made even more visible by increased skin laxity. Many of the varying types of cellulite reduction treatment options are designed to target a specific aspect of cellulite and so are best paired with other treatments that target a different facet. For example, the QWO injectable treatment is highly effective when it comes to severing the fibrous bands and redistributing fat cells that create cellulite dimples. However, QWO does not do anything specifically to address skin laxity in a given treatment area. As such, a patient who elects to have QWO injections can benefit even more by pairing it with an RF treatment like Thermage FLX, which will effectively create firmer skin in the treatment area by inducing new collagen production. Dr. Michele Green in New York City offers a variety of targeted cellulite treatment options that can be used in combination to eliminate the appearance of cellulite and result in smoother, tighter, firmer skin that is long-lasting. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Green to discuss cellulite treatment, she will help you to determine the unique combination of cellulite treatments that will work best for you and your individual cosmetic goals.

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Why do my legs have cellulite?

Cellulite, in general, occurs when fat protrudes but the skin is held taut by tough, fibrous bands called septae. This creates an uneven surface on the skin and causes the skin to look dimply and lumpy. Common areas of the body that develop cellulite include thighs, buttocks, hips, and abdomen. Various factors like genetics, sex, and age all play a role in the development of cellulite on the legs, though a person of any age, gender, and size can develop cellulite. Cellulite typically runs in families, meaning if your mother has cellulite, the likelihood of you developing cellulite is higher. Additionally, women are more likely to develop cellulite than men. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), cellulite affects around 90% of women in the United States. Women naturally distribute more fat in the buttocks and thighs than men, as well as differences in the distribution of muscle and connective tissue. Furthermore, as we age, our skin loses collage, and the rate of collagen synthesis slows down, along with a loss of elasticity. This contributes to skin laxity, and loose skin can exacerbate the appearance of cellulite as the skin wrinkles and folds over the dimples. If you are bothered by cellulite on your legs, there are non-invasive procedures at Dr. Green’s office in Upper East Side that will help restore your confidence when wearing your favorite shorts in the summer.

Can cellulite on legs go away?

Unfortunately, cellulite on the legs will not resolve independently without intervention. Although fat accumulation plays a role in the appearance of cellulite, losing weight alone will not make the cellulite disappear. The fibrous bands holding the skin to the underlying muscle will not soften or stretch when the fat cells shrink. Cellulite creams can soften the appearance of cellulite temporarily by hydrating and plumping the skin, but they are not permanent or long-term solutions, and they are ineffective on more severe cellulite. If you are interested in achieving smoother, firmer skin on your legs and reducing the appearance of cellulite, consult a reputable board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green in NYC, who can develop a customized cellulite treatment plan that works best for your specific goals.

Can cellulite be removed from the legs?

Cellulite cannot be permanently removed from the legs, but there are various cellulite treatments available to reduce its appearance. Minimally invasive procedures like Cellfina can target the fibrous bands that contribute to the dimpling of the skin, while Thermage radiofrequency procedure can improve skin laxity that may contribute to the appearance of cellulite on the legs. Consistent massaging and moisturizing the affected area can temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite and are great for maintaining the positive results of cosmetic cellulite treatments like VelaShape. It can be difficult to navigate the various cellulite reduction treatments available and determine which procedures are effective, so seek help from expert dermatologist Dr. Michele Green to achieve smoother and firmer legs.

What gets rid of cellulite on the legs?

A combination of treatments and lifestyle changes will likely be necessary to reduce the appearance of cellulite on the legs, although there are no solutions yet for completely removing and preventing cellulite. Maintaining a healthy diet and daily exercise can help with cellulite, as it minimizes the protrusion of fat against the skin, and toning muscles in the affected area can improve its severity. Losing weight will not address the fibrous bands that contribute to the dimpling of the skin, which cosmetic treatments like Cellfina and VelaShape can tackle. If skin laxity is a contributing factor to the severity of cellulite, Thermage radiofrequency treatments can be performed on the legs to tighten and lift the skin. Staying hydrated and moisturizing the skin will temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite and improve the longevity of the results from these non-invasive cellulite treatments.

Home remedies for reducing cellulite

Many patients wonder about potential home remedies for a cellulite treatment that can be incorporated into their daily skincare routine to both prevent and treat cellulite dimples. While some of the popular home treatment options may be soothing, there isn’t sufficient scientific evidence indicating that they are effective methods for eliminating cellulite. Dry brushing and coffee scrubs are just a couple of examples. Additionally, cocoa butter and shea butter are two skincare ingredients that are often associated with reducing the appearance of puckering cellulite dimples. While cocoa butter cream can help to moisturize the skin, it has not been proven to be effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite. If you are interested in a topical cream to help ease the symptoms of cellulite, it is best to have Dr. Green prescribe a retinol or aminophylline-based cream. Shea butter is often promoted as a good way to promote smoother, firmer skin. While this can be true, shea butter alone will not be effective in fully eliminating cellulite. When you consult with Dr. Green, she can provide you with topical treatment options to address the appearance of cellulite.

Does massaging your legs help with cellulite? How do I massage to treat cellulite on the legs?

Massaging areas of the body that are affected by cellulite can temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite, but this is not a permanent solution. Massaging your body can improve both the circulation and the lymphatic drainage in the treated areas, both of which result in a minimization of the look of cellulite. Improving circulation helps to temporarily reduce the look of cellulite by providing the massaged areas with a greater amount of nutrients that are in the blood, whereas improving lymphatic drainage helps to rid the body of excess fluids that could exacerbate tension between fibrous septae and worsen the appearance of cellulite. Again, these beneficial effects of massaging areas of the body affected by cellulite are only temporary. To get the best cosmetic results from massaging, it is recommended to invest in an FDA-approved treatment for cellulite. To truly target and improve your cellulite dimples or rippling, the only solution is to consult with a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, like Dr. Michele Green in NYC, who can recommend the appropriate in-office treatments that are well suited to addressing your specific skin concerns.

What are the Best Cellulite Reduction Treatments?

Cellulite reduction treatments are usually a combination of non-invasive cosmetic procedures, and it is difficult to determine one “best” cellulite treatment that will work for everybody. VelaShape is a quick, convenient, and non-invasive procedure that not only stimulates collagen to firm the skin but also loosens the tough fibrous bands through deep tissue massage. Thermage FLX is a gold-standard skin tightening procedure that utilizes radiofrequency heat to stimulate collagen and soften the appearance of cellulite that may be exacerbated by loose skin. Cellfina is a minimally-invasive procedure that utilizes the concept of subcision to break up the fibrous bands with a microblade that softens cellulite and evens out skin texture. To find out the best cellulite treatment options for your summer body goals, consult expert cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Green in her private NYC office.

How do I get started with cellulite treatment?

Cellulite is a common skin condition that can affect anyone, regardless of their weight, age, and gender. While cellulite does affect many individuals, the appearance of dimples and rippling on the arms, legs, and buttocks can cause feelings of self-consciousness for many. If you are frustrated with the appearance of cellulite, and you are looking for an effective, long-lasting solution for an uneven skin texture, Dr. Michele Green in New York City is here to help. Dr. Green is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with extensive experience treating patients from around the world for a myriad of skin concerns, including cellulite dimples, rippling skin texture, stretch marks, skin laxity, and stubborn pockets of body fat that are unresponsive to consistent exercise and a healthy diet.

Dr. Green has spent over two and a half decades providing her patients with customized treatment plans that are composed of the best non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including body contouring, cosmetic injectables, and resurfacing laser treatments. Her dedication to her patients and to her practice is well exemplified by the fact that she is consistently voted as one of New York City’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine. By utilizing injectable treatments such as Sculptra and dermal fillers, innovative body contouring devices like Coolsculpting, and radiofrequency treatments like Velashape and Thermage, Dr. Green is able to eliminate cellulite dimples and rippling from the buttocks, thighs, and arms and give patients smoother, firmer, tighter skin that lasts. If you are struggling with the appearance of cellulite dimples, schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green in NYC by contacting us online or by calling the office at 212-535-3088 and to learn more about whether cellulite treatment options such as Thermage®, Velashape, and QWO may be best for you.

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