Cellulite Removal: What Works and What Doesn’t?

Written by Gregory Nikolaidis, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist on July 3, 2014 7 Comments

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Cellulite affects over 80% of women. The puckering effect of cellulite is formed as fat pushes against connective tissue under the surface of the skin. While not harmful to one’s health, the appearance of cellulite can instill a negative body image and lower a person’s quality of life.

While cellulite has been extensively studied for decades, there are few treatments that can significantly reverse the condition. Even worse, there are many treatments that make false claims of getting rid of cellulite on the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs, and these products/treatments have little to no conclusive scientific data regarding sustained efficacy.

Ineffective Cellulite Treatments

  • Cellulite Creams – You’ve probably seen advertisements or infomercials featuring magic creams that make cellulite disappear. Unfortunately many of these products have no scientific backing and little efficacy. However, there are a few products available that when used diligently can have a temporary effect on cellulite. In order to be effective, a cellulite cream or serum should contain a combination of hyaluronic acid, caffeine, and retinol. One that I recommend to my patients is Fitting Room by MyBody.
  • Massage – Professional massage can temporarily minimize the dimpling appearance of cellulite. However this effect is very short-lived as indentation becomes apparent when fluids return to the area.
  • Mesotherapy – Originally developed to ease pain associated with inflammatory skin conditions, mesotherapy involves injecting minerals, vitamins, and other enzymes under the skin. While mesotherapy can break down fat leading to an improved appearance of cellulite, it can also cause negative side effects such as swelling and irregular contours. Mesotherapy is not an FDA-approved treatment.
  • Liposuction – Liposuction is an amazing procedure for removing localized fat deposits on the body. Liposuction does not, however, remove cellulite. In fact, depending on the specific treatment area liposuction could potentially make the visual effects of cellulite worse as fat removal could increase the indentation effects of cellulite on the skin.

Effective Cellulite Treatments


Avéli uses a hand-held device which is expertly guided by a trained medical provider. The device slides between the skin and underlying muscle to seek and release the precise tight septa bands that cause cellulite dimples. At the same time, clinical studies show that the treatment builds collagen and elastin in the treatment area, thus improving the skin quality. The result is smoother, re-contoured skin.

Subcision Surgery

Subcision is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that works by cutting the fibrous bands beneath the skin, releasing the tension that causes cellulite. In some cases patients will also benefit from a fat transfer procedure to use the patient’s own fat and tissue to fill in any pockets created from severing the tethered bands.

We offer complimentary consultations to further discuss if Avéli or Subcision may be the right treatment for you.

Gregory Nikolaidis, MD

Gregory A. Nikolaidis, MD is a Board Certified Dermatologist. Dr. Nikolaidis serves as a Botox® Cosmetic Black Diamond Level National Education Faculty Member, and he has additionally trained numerous physicians on Sculptra Aesthetic, Radiesse, Restylane, and other non-invasive procedure techniques. He was among the first cosmetic surgeons in the United States to offer Smartlipo laser body contouring.

7 Responses to “Cellulite Removal: What Works and What Doesn’t?”

  1. Avatar Lisa W. says:

    Thanks admin for sharing this useful information in which you share the useful tips to get rid of cellulite. Keep blogging like this wonderful post.

  2. Avatar Randolph says:

    Great post. Extremely helpful info, particularly the last section. 🙂

  3. Avatar Alina says:

    Is Cellulaze good for light cellulite? Or is it only a good treatment for more severe cellulite?

    • WD Staff WD Staff says:

      Hi Alina, Thank you for reading our blog and submitting a great question! Cellulaze is definitely a good treatment for less severe cellulite. In fact, individuals with lite cellulite will realize their ideal result in less time (and sessions) than those with moderate to severe cellulite.

      Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      WD Staff

  4. Avatar Barani says:

    I had cellulite after my delivery. I used to drink herbal coffeeto reduce weight. It has been proven to aid weight loss by speeding up the metabolism, inhibiting fat absorption. But I could not reduced after some range. I applied dermalmd cellulite reduction serum for 1 month and used to take normal diet. I got nice result in three months.

  5. Avatar Meghan says:

    TO me, dermalmd cellulite cream did everything for my skin..smoots it out fades cellulite even of the thighs

  6. Avatar Fichini79 says:

    the Dermalmd cream did the trick 4 me ..borrowed it from a friend and ordered it for myself in a week.. really effective

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