While it was long affirmed that liposuction is enough to remove cellulite from the body, the belief proved itself erroneous among cosmetic doctors. Indeed, if other techniques are not conjoined to liposuction, lumpy skin may start accumulating in liposuctioned and/or adjacent areas.
Liposuction & cellulite:
Liposuction ─also known as lipoaspiration─ uses thin cannulas to suck deep surplus fat from different sites of the body. Cellulite, on the other hand, consists of excess fat that is accumulated at a superficial level under the skin; generally around the thighs, the buttocks, the hips, or the abdomen.
While the realization of a liposuction in such areas of the body will reduce fat deposits, it is not guaranteed that hollows and excess skin be treated likewise. Therefore, liposuction only treats one aspect of cellulite; that is, excess fat.
Progress in scientific research has introduced several techniques that treat the latter problem. As a way to grasp the necessity of undergoing several interventions at once, it is paramount to know more about cellulite.
What is cellulite?
There exists different forms of cellulite; yet fatty localized cellulite is the only type that can be treated surgically. Cellulite generally involves fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle, with the fat lying between.
As fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords pull down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling. This loss of elasticity renders the skin somewhat unaesthetic and causes distress and embarrassment to its owner.
The association of liposuction & liposcuplture:
After sucking excess fat through liposuction, the surgeon may proceed to liposcuplture or lipofilling, which consists in reinjecting fat (taken from donor sites of the body) onto uneven or imperfect surfaces of the body.
Thanks to this technique combination, it is possible to get rid of hollows, excess skin, unevenness and lumpy skin.
Liposuction through body jet or water jet & liposcuplture:
Water-jets are applied around the fatty tissues and fatty deposits to turn them into a gelatinous state; the cannula is inserted 5mm under the skin’s surface, which allows the surgeon to get rid of all excess body fat while leaving the surrounding tissues intact. The association of liposuction through body jet or water jet and liposcuplture is very efficient and fast to correct folds and irregularities of the silhouette.
Other non-surgical alternatives may be conjoined to surgical treatments in order to achieve optimal results. The latter alternatives may be performed by themselves in case the patient suffers from a minor condition of cellulite; or all-together to achieve optimal results.
• Radiofrequency: with deep and controlled heating of the fatty layers under the skin, the effects of tissue tightening and increased blood circulation mean that fatty deposits are drained through the lymphatic system; thus reducing the appearance of cellulite.
• Lymphatic drainage: it is a massage undertaken to boost stimulation of the lymph circulation, thus allowing the removal of cellulite.
• Ultrasound: it is a non-invasive procedure that targets and destroys fat.
• The palping and rolling massage
During the preliminary consultation with your surgeon, s/he will determine the quality and nature of your cellulite, and recommend a suitable treatment. Regardless of the chosen method, cellulite treatments must be followed by a healthy lifestyle of dieting and regular exercising in order to maintain the good results of the surgery.