Overview of Cellulite Reduction Surgery

Setting Realistic Expectations With the Cellulaze and VASERsmooth Procedures

Women are tired of wearing sarongs, towels, and cover-ups at the beach or swimming pool to cover up the unsightly crevices and bulges known as cellulite. Surgery to treat cellulite is becoming more and more popular. Current cellulite-reducing surgeries include CellulazeTM and VASERsmooth. The manufacturers behind Cellulaze​TM and VASERsmooth claim the procedures will improve the appearance of cellulite. However, before having one of these procedures, there are a few things you should consider before going forward with cellulite reduction surgery.


Obesity and Cellulite

Cellulite on a thigh

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If you are obese, cellulite reduction surgery is not really the best route to take. Incorporating proper nutrition and exercise to reduce the amount of fat on an obese body frame will do a lot more for you than a cellulite surgery. Reducing your volume of overall fat can help to reduce the bulging aspect of cellulite, and hence, improve the appearance of cellulite. Additionally, as with most surgical procedures, a weight that is reasonable for your height improves the safety of the procedure and reduces the occurrence of complications.


Loose Skin and Cellulite

If the dimpling in your thighs is accompanied by loose skin, you may want to consider a different procedure, a thigh lift. Cellulite surgery is not going to tighten your skin. For example, pull up on the skin of your upper thighs. Does the dimpling on your thighs go away? Do you have a good amount of skin accumulate at the top of the thigh when you pull up on the skin? If the answer to these questions is yes, then a thigh lift, while more invasive than cellulite reduction surgery, will take care of both problems.


Just a Bit of Cellulite?

Do you only have a few dimples? Consider yourself lucky. There are women who have cellulite on the back, front, and sides of the thighs, and in a pretty severe way to boot. At around $2500 per area, cellulite reduction surgery may not be worth the cost. However, if those few dimples are causing you real emotional and social distress, then it may be worth it!


Squeeze It to See It

Do you only have cellulite when your skin is squeezed? Do you only notice your cellulite when you’re sitting but not standing? If your answer to these questions is yes, then don’t waste your money on surgical cellulite treatment. Instead, consider yourself blessed! If you’re one of the fortunate women who fall in this category yet you still opt for surgical treatment, you will surely be disappointed. Why? The end goal of cellulite treatment is to get an improvement in the appearance of cellulite when standing. If you already have that result, why endure the cost and recovery!


Severe Cellulite

On the contrary, if you have significant crevices and dimples, don’t expect your legs or buttocks to be completely smooth and divot free with absolutely no evidence of cellulite after the procedure. A plastic surgeon is a physician, not a magician. You will still have cellulite after the procedure. Say this to yourself aloud: “I will still have cellulite, it just won't be as severe as before.” If your surgeon tells you that you'll have complete eradication of your cellulite, he or she will also likely tell you anything else you want to hear just to get your money. Run, don't walk, quickly away from that surgeon and find another surgeon who will speak the truth. The truth may not sound as sweet, but you’ll avoid disappointment. In fact, some cellulite may be so severe and widespread that cellulite-reducing surgery may not make much of a difference.


Setting Appropriate Expectations

Even if you don’t have significant cellulite, and you are the perfect candidate for CellulazeTM or VASERsmooth you should not expect to have every last crevice completely removed. The treatment serves to reduce the appearance of cellulite, not eliminate cellulite. Some dimples may go away completely, others may just become less deep than they are currently, and others may be so socked in or deep, that they are resistant to treatment.


No Free Lunch

I always say that when it comes to plastic surgery procedures, there is no free lunch. In the end, you are the key factor in how well a procedure will turn out. The surgeon cannot do it all. Once the surgeon has completed the procedure, it is you who is with yourself twenty-four hours of the day, 365 days of the year. Proper nutrition with an emphasis on vegetables and lean proteins, weight training exercises, cardio exercises, and stretching are all necessary to maintain the results that come with cellulite surgery.

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