I Asked Dermatologists All My Cellulite Questions—Here’s What I Learned

Treatments done at a dermatologist’s office can be effective because they go deep within the skin, which is where the cellulite is, Robinson says. Some include laser, ultrasound, and radio-frequency therapies.

“Because the problem with cellulite is related to the subcutaneous bands—not fat—effective therapy is targeted at lancing these bands,” Love says. “This can be done manually with a procedure termed ‘subcision.’ However, there are also a number of devices that perform this task with varying efficiency. There has recently been a new FDA-approved injectable treatment for cellulite—collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes—that chemically releases the bands.”

The upkeep frequency of these treatments depend on the type of procedure, but Robinson says most have a specific number or a range of treatments to get results and then you just need maintenance. She does, however, warn that because cellulite is influenced by genetics and hormones, you might find it in new areas or discover that it has reappeared.

And you should proceed with caution with some of these treatments, so make sure you discuss thoroughly with your doctor. “You should also use a little caution with the in-office procedures, especially any that involve heat or light or a needle of any type because if you have skin that’s prone to hyperpigmentation, then that could be a side effect,” Robinson explains.

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