What Is The Best Procedure To Get Rid Of Cellulite?

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What could be more bothersome than cellulite? Most of the time, no matter how tight and firm your skin might be, cellulite is stubborn in its irritating way. Luckily there are cellulite treatments that are designed for cellulite reduction. They vary from different cellulite removal devices and procedures used. There is a handful of options you can choose from, like laser treatments, non-laser treatments, mechanical cellulite reduction, and Coolsculpting. Yes, there are a handful of options a candidate can choose from to get rid of cellulite. Hence, it is just a matter of effectivity, cost-efficiency, duration of effect, and downtime. It is now just a matter of which is the “best” procedure in the market today. The best way to find out is to check out their differences. So, let’s find out.

Fat Reduction/Liposuction

Let’s start from the (let’s say) legends of cosmetic surgery, Fat Reduction by liposuction. Many people have considered reducing fat underneath the skin to get rid of cellulite, with the conception that the less fat there is in the target area, the fewer possibilities of cellulite formation. Some of the patients have experienced and testified that liposuction is a guaranteed solution for cellulite. However, not everyone experienced the same outcome since there is a chance to worsen the condition since the problem is with the laxity of the skin aside from the fat in the target area. There are other procedures for reducing fat; however, this option might not be advisable since the fat reduction is not enough to get rid of cellulite.

Laser Treatments

One of the most common FDA-approved laser treatments is Cellulaze. It is considered minimally invasive. During the process, incisions are made on the skin of the target area then with the use of a hand-held laser probe, a cellulite removal device, the tissues beneath the target area are heated up. Thus, some fibrous septae are released, collagen is stimulated and produced, the skin texture and laxity are improved, and reduces the thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer. Downtime Although the process is considered minimally invasive, the patient will experience less to no pain since anesthesia is administered to the patient to numb the pain. Patients usually experience recovery time or downtime of 1 to 3 days. Cost On average, Cellulaze ranges between $5,000 to $6,000. It also depends on the clinic’s price, and the most important factor is the size of the target area. Results and Efficiency Laser treatments, like Cellulaze, are a reliable choice in general. The duration of effect usually lasts for up to a year, and to some, it even lasts longer.

Subcision: Cellfina

If you’re considering a minimally invasive procedure, Subcision: Cellfina, is a good choice for you. The process is started by creating an incision in the targeted area. Then a cellulite removal device is used to apply suction on the target area, which allows the surgeon to cut the underlying bands underneath the skin. Thus, harm to the surrounding tissues is reduced. Downtime The downtime for this minimally invasive procedure is usually 24 to 48 hours, depending on the capability of the person to heal and recover. Cost Cellfina treatment usually ranges between $4,000 to $7,000. However, it can cost more or less depending on the target area and the desired result. Results and Efficacy As an FDA-approved procedure, Cellfina has passed the test and is proven to be effective. The effect usually lasts for up to three months, and to some patients, it even lasts more.

Radiofrequency, Ultrasound, Pulses, and Infrared Light treatments

You can choose from a wide option of cellulite treatment that uses Radiofrequency, Ultrasound, Pulses, Infrared light. The procedure utilizes a cellulite removal device that heats the skin, producing more collagen, thus reducing cellulite. There are many options for this, such as VelaShape, Venus Freeze, Thermismooth, Zimmerwave, and many more. Let’s start with the cost of this treatment. What’s good with these treatments is that they are significantly cheaper than other procedures. The price ranges between $1,000 and $4,000. However, the duration of effect usually lasts for a few months, which means you might need to go through the treatment a few times to maintain the smooth and tight skin. The good thing with this one is that if you’re not satisfied with the results, you are free to either refrain from that product and choose another one or go for a different cellulite reduction treatment or procedure.


In this treatment, the fat in the target area is cooled down to a certain temperature using a gel pad. Then it is gradually moved around the target area while administering suction, massage, and controlled cooling. It is resulting in collagen production and reduction of excess fat under the skin. You might be questioning what I mentioned earlier regarding fat reduction, but let me clear it out for you. Generally, Coolsculpting is fat reduction treatment. However, the addition of stimulation and production of collagen solves the problem with cellulite, which makes it different from traditional surgical liposuction. Cost Coolsculpting can be as low as $750 or as high as $4,000, depending on the target area and the desired result. Duration of effect Generally speaking, the duration of Coolsculpting can be permanent. This is what makes Coolsculpting one of the best options for Cellulite Reduction/Treatment because once the fat cells are removed or destroyed from the target area, you do not have to worry about the dimpling and folding of the skin since there will be no more fat present in the said area. Additionally, since the collagen is stimulated in the skin, the laxity of the skin is reduced, which promotes a younger, tighter skin that you’ve always been dreaming of. Although Coolsculpting is proven to be an effective and permanent solution for destroying fat cells, thus cellulite reduction, it does not guarantee the impossibility of the production of new fat cells in the target area. The bottom line is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and proper diet to maintain the desired shape that you have achieved. This goes not just to Coolsculpting but also to all cellulite reduction treatments since the cellulite can be reduced in a certain laxity of the skin, but if there is an increase in fat cells, that is a different topic.

So, which one is the best then?

What answers the question of which cellulite reduction treatment is the best depends from person to person. It depends on your budget, your skin and body type, the target area, your desired result, and many other factors. It is a matter of choice which you think is best for you. Besides, it is highly advisable to consult the best aesthetician for which treatment is most suitable for you since,,, most of the time, the result also depends on the dermatologist, surgeon, or aesthetician. If you happen to be looking for the best ones in town for consultation regarding cosmetics and aesthetics, we will be more than willing to open the door for you. We, at Nuance Aesthetics, strive for natural results using modern medical aesthetic treatments that are quick, easy, and affordable for candidates. A goddess’ resemblance that you could potentially achieve. Nuance Aesthetics.


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Jackson Rhudy, MD

Owner/Medical Director

Dr. Jackson Rhudy is a board-certified physician who has been practicing in Salt Lake since 1974. After an initial career in emergency medicine, he developed an interest in the new technologies emerging in the field of aesthetics utilizing non-surgical techniques such as lasers, Botox, and injectable fillers. He sought training from leading experts in the aesthetic field at multiple locations in the US and Europe and in 2000 he founded an aesthetic practice called Light Touch Laser Skin Care Center. It rapidly became a leading aesthetic practice in the Salt Lake City area. In 2010, he sold the practice and focused on his other endeavor, Optimum Clinical Research– a private research site that performs clinical trials on new pharmaceutical drugs. But continuing demand from former aesthetic patients led to the formation of a new aesthetic practice in July 2015. Reuniting with a former colleague, Jill Miller, they started Nuance Aesthetics—a practice devoted to providing excellence in the field of non-surgical aesthetics by offering experience and expertise with the utmost integrity. Dr. Rhudy maintains his board certification in emergency medicine and is the only physician in Salt Lake City who is board certified in laser surgery.

When Dr Rhudy isn’t in the office, he loves riding his bike up City Creek. He has always had a passion for learning and growing in the medical field which is why he spends a lot of free time researching the latest treatments and technology that keeps Nuance ahead of the curve. 

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