Can Body Lift Surgery Get Rid of Cellulite?

Many patients at our Dallas, TX cosmetic surgery and skin care center have issues with loose skin, body fat, and cellulite. There are many methods of dealing with these aesthetic issues. Whether this involves body contouring and sculpting surgery or non-surgical approaches to skin tightening, we'll be more than happy to offer honest information so you can undergo the right treatment for you.

A common question we get from people is if body lift surgery can get rid of cellulite. Let's dissect the issue and offer some answers.

What Is Cellulite?

Cellulite occurs when body fat presses up against the fibrous connective tissue located under the skin. The result is dimpling, which is often compared to cottage cheese, orange peels, and the texture of golf balls. Cellulite tends to be most noticeable around the thighs, buttocks, and lower body.

Cellulite can occur in both men and women, though the issues are much more pronounced in women than in men. This is because of the difference in fat, connective tissue, and muscle distribution in men's bodies and women's bodies. It's estimated that up to 90 percent of women will experience some issues with cellulite at some point in their lives.

How Body Lift Surgery Works

Body lift surgery refers to a number of procedures that are combined and performed on patients who experience body contour issues after major weight loss. Common surgeries that are part of a lower body lift include:

  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
  • Thigh lift (thighplasty)
  • Buttock lift

Thanks to lower body lift surgery, a person with loose skin and stretch marks can have tighter and firmer skin again. This is an excellent option for improving overall body contour, and the only working solution to eliminate sagging skin after losing a lot of weight.

Will a Body Lift Address Cellulite?

Unfortunately, the answer is no.

While body lift surgery is excellent at reducing the appearance of stretch marks, it cannot accomplish much when it comes to cellulite. Lower body lift patients may still experience issues with cellulite after their surgery. Since the fat and the connective tissue are not directly affected by a lower body lift, it simply is not a good option for dealing with cellulite despite the many other benefits of the procedure.

Treatment Options for Cellulite

When it comes to treating cellulite, the ideal treatments tend to involve non-surgical skin tightening options, such as laser treatments, sound wave therapies, heat therapies, and deep massage treatments. Certain medications and creams may also be helpful at reducing the prominence of cellulite.

Tips for Preventing Cellulite

The best way to prevent cellulite is to lead a healthy lifestyle. This means eating a balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, with an emphasis on lower fat intake and careful consumption of carbs. Regular exercise can also help minimize the appearance of cellulite, especially later in life.

Patients should avoid smoking and use of tobacco products as well, as these can increase the chances of experiencing major issues with cellulite as well as debilitating health problems.

Learn More about Improving Your Appearance

If you would like more information about cellulite treatments, body contouring options, and other issues related to your appearance, be sure to contact an experienced plastic surgeon today. Dr. Paul Pin and his team will be more than happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.