Fat Injections Help Reduce Cellulite

It's a fact, about 90 percent of women deal with cellulite on some part of their body, primarily on the buttocks and thighs. We try different creams, treatments and more to get rid of it-but for many of us, to no avail. Recently, some treatments have emerged that can help with this problem.

We were excited to learn that a treatment called Cellulaze got FDA clearance to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellulaze works by breaking up the fiber banding that makes cellulite appear the way it does. Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, MD, told us that it was a promising procedure because it addresses the problem from the inside out. “We treat below the skin and then try to get benefits to be seen on the surface of the skin.”

But if Cellulaze isn't an option for you, we found another procedure that could do the trick in the buttocks area. Beverly Hills, CA, plastic surgeon Ashkan Ghavami, MD, recommends fat injections to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite becomes even more visible after weight loss because we get loose skin that causes dimples. “When you inject fat you fill up the loose skin,” says Dr. Ghavami.

Another reason that fat injections are useful is that they can specifically target deep cellulite and other areas of concern. While you can't erase cellulite, you can definitely lessen its appearance with fat injections.

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4 Comments
  • Karol Gutowski Anonymous
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    While there are many claims to reduce cellulite, very few actually offer acceptable long-term results. Cellulaze can offer a 50% improvement in the appearance of cellulite but the long-term results are not yet know. The early results at one year look promising. Other options include radio frequency treatments which, unlike Cellulaze, are not invasive and don't require any incisions or surgery. Viora makes a radio frequency device called ReAction which shows promise in treating cellulite and also tightens the skin. Fat grafting is not yet proven to treat cellulite but is useful for treating depressed areas under the skin and too smooth out irregularities.

  • Anonymous
    Posted on

    Do you have to have major liposuction in order to then get fat injections? I really want to try fat injections, but I don't feel like I need liposuction anywhere on my body. How does this process work?

  • Aurora
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    I'm 30 and workout about 4-5 times a week- mostly running. I have a little cellulite on the back of my thighs and am wondering if fat injections would be a good fit for me. I feel like I would rather remove the fat from my thighs with liposuction rather than inject fat to help with my cellulite. Is liposuction another alternative for removing cellulite? If not, I would definitely talk to my plastic surgeon about fat injections. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!!!

  • anonymous
    Posted on

    OK... I realize we all have little fat for the most part, somewhere, but what do you do, Dear Drs. when there really isn't enough to warrant "harvesting" procedures? The idea of putting fat in the dimples (cellulite) is appealing; is there another option? Can one use a filler to fill in the dimple? Some feedback please, even a study in the works would be interesting to hear about!

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