Best Ways to Treat Cellulite After Liposuction

If you’re one of the millions of people undergoing liposuction, you may need additional body contouring treatments after the procedure in order to achieve your most attractive silhouette. 

While liposuction can get rid of body fat, your skin and tissues may not take on a smooth appearance naturally; cellulite and dimpled skin may be especially pronounced after surgery, but there are several cellulite treatments that can help.

Why Liposuction Doesn’t Get Rid of Cellulite

Liposuction is a fat removal procedure that involves suctioning fat cells from the skin tissues using a cannula, or suction device. The procedure continues to be one of the most popular fat reduction methods, and can be used to get rid of several pounds of body fat in one session. However, the liposuction technique cannot be used to get rid of cellulite; cellulite is the result of trapped body fat inside the skin’s connective tissue, and these cells cannot be surgically removed. Patients undergoing liposuction may notice an increased amount of cellulite shortly after surgery; dimpling, uneven skin and a ‘wavy’ appearance are common outcomes of liposuction.
Cellulite reduction treatments should only be undertaken after the skin and tissues have completely healed after surgery. Liposuction is a fairly intensive procedure, and the body may need up to 5-6 months to heal completely. Cellulite treatments are powerful enough to stimulate the skin deep below the skin’s surface, and may cause unnecessary damage if the tissues are still healing.


VelaSmooth After Liposuction

VelaSmooth is one of the latest innovative cellulite treatments that helps heat up the skin and uses a gentle massage to break down cellulite. The company behind VelaSmooth also makes VelaShape, a skin tightening treatment that may also be valuable for liposuction patients who have loose or sagging skin after extensive weight loss. VelaSmooth works by warming up the skin tissue and massaging out the trapped fatty pockets that cause cellulite; a series of VelaSmooth treatments may help reduce the appearance of cellulite to create a smoother and sculpted appearance.


Thermage After Liposuction

Thermage is another skin tightening treatment that may be effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite. Thermage has been used as a body contouring procedure for several years, and requires just a single treatment; the procedure is designed to smooth out dimples and improve circulation in any areas where body fat may have accumulated. While some people see immediate results after the session, the effects of Thermage continue for several months after the treatment; those who maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly may see enhanced results.


Acoustic Wave Therapy After Liposuction

Acoustic Wave Therapy uses a combination of heat and pressure to warm up skin tissues and trigger collagen production. AWT is another non-invasive procedure that can help improve the texture and tone of the skin after weight loss, and may also help reshape the body. AWT has been used for cellulite, body contouring and sculpting, and can be used on several problem areas including the thighs, buttocks, stomach and arms. While results may be subtle after the first few treatments, many patients report significant results after their fifth or sixth treatment.
Learn more about cellulite treatments in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area for treatment options after liposuction.