It’s common for some individuals who struggle with unwanted fat on the outer and inner thighs to also struggle with cellulite. Cellulite is the uneven, dimpled appearance of skin that forms on the hips, thighs and buttocks. Patients who wish to obtain slimmer thighs often seek leg liposuction from esteemed Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. David Sayah. Many of Dr. Sayah’s patients are eager to know whether liposuction can also treat cellulite. Here, we discuss the answer in detail.
The Truth about Liposuction
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that eliminates small, unwanted pockets of fat on the body that are hard to get rid of through just diet and exercise. During leg liposuction, Dr. Sayah will make several tiny incisions near the areas with the most fat. The plastic surgeon will then use one of several advanced methods to break up and loosen the fat cells for easy removal.
Cellulite is a cellular breakdown that causes damage to the skin’s connective tissue. Because cellulite is not fat, it cannot be treated by liposuction. Some patients choose to combine liposuction on the legs with thigh lift to remove excess, drooping skin. In some cases, a combination procedure can improve the appearance of cellulite on the legs, but only slightly.
What To Do about Cellulite
If you are unhappy with the appearance of cellulite on the thighs, Dr. Sayah can correct it with a treatment called Thermage. This advanced skin rejuvenation treatment is used to tighten loose skin and wrinkles using radiofrequency energy. The energy heats the collagen in the deep layers of the skin and triggers new collagen production. The result is less cellulite and tighter, smoother skin.
Because Thermage is noninvasive, it requires no downtime. Patients may feel a deep heating or mild pinching sensation during the treatment. Any discomfort is temporary, and Dr. Sayah can prescribe oral pain medication and administer a topical anesthetic to minimize it. With Thermage, the skin continues to tighten well after the procedure is completed; patients will continue to see the appearance of cellulite improve three to six months after the initial treatment.
Now that you know more about liposuction and Thermage, you may be asking yourself, can I combine the two procedures? This will ultimately depend on your aesthetic concerns and goals. During your initial consultation with Dr. Sayah, he can examine your anatomy and discuss your desired results in order to come up with a treatment plan that best suits you.
Schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Sayah today by calling (310) 905-8405.