While liposuction is an excellent option for fat removal, it does not improve cellulite. This question comes up often in my practice. Upon evaluation, your surgeon should determine what your chief complaint is and whether true cellulite is your concern. If cellulite is the issue, the most effective treatment is a one-time minimally invasive procedure called Cellulaze. This procedure is typically performed under local anesthetic with little to no downtime. Beware of the many gimmicky so-called solutions to address cellulite. I have had many patients come to me only after spending many hundreds of dollars on a variety of creams and ointments – none of which works.
Cellulite is a structural problem at the skin/fat interface. It is caused by connective tissue pulling portions of the dermis down into the fat and creating the orange peel appearance. In order to fix this, a relatively superficial, but penetrating treatment needs to be performed. Liposuction can’t do this because it is designed to remove deeper collections of fat.