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Recommended Cellulite Treatments
Name Description Cost
Endermologie Endermologie is a nonsurgical device used by physicians to reduce cellulite. Endermologie uses a vacuum-like hand piece and mechanical rollers, delivering what feels like a deep tissue...more Endermologie requires at least six treatments to visually affect cellulite. Each session...more
Thermage Unlike other cellulite-fighting treatments, Thermage can potentially diminish dimpling in a single session. Results may continue to improve over six months as new collagen grows. Thermage...more Pricing of cellulite treatment with Thermage depends on how extensive the cellulite...more
SmoothShapes SmoothShapes is a nonsurgical treatment for cellulite reduction. SmoothShapes combines deep massage with a dual energy system consisting of a 915 nm diode laser and a 650 nm infrared light. ...more SmoothShapes ranges from $150 to $250 per session, so the total bill will ultimately run...more
Acoustic wave therapy Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT) is a nonsurgical procedure that reduces cellulite. AWT uses mechanical vibrations to destroy the connective tissues that trap fat cells in dimply clusters under...more AWT costs about $150 to $300 per session. Over time, AWT will cost between $900 and $3,000.
VelaShape VelaShape is a noninvasive treatment for cellulite. The procedure combines radiofrequency, infrared light energy, and vacuum-like mechanical rollers that deeply massage the skin. ...more Each session costs between $200 and $400, depending on the size of the treatment area.
TriActive TriActive makes use of mechanical massagers, diode lasers, and infrared energy to treat cellulite. The mechanical massage physically breaks up trapped fat and improves blood circulation,...more TriActive costs approximately $125 to $150 per session.

Treatments Not Recommended
Name Description
Liposuction Liposuction can actually intensify the appearance of cellulite because the condition isn’t caused by fat alone -- it’s caused by the way your fat interacts with connective tissues beneath the skin. By sucking out that essential padding of fat, you’re actually removing the layer that shields dimply cellulite. So when performed alone (as opposed to alongside a restructuring procedure like Endermologie) liposuction can increase icky dimples and ripples.
Pelleve Pelleve is a type of radiofrequency therapy that is better suited for wrinkles appearing on the face, not cellulite on the body. So far, it is unapproved for use on body parts besides the face, which is where cellulite tends to form.
Mesotherapy (lipodissolve) Mesotherapy is too risky a treatment. Mesotherapy entails an unpredictable cocktail of vitamins, plant extracts, and chemicals, which are injected into the subcutaneous fat layer with the purpose of destroying adipose fat cells. Many publications, and some state authorities, have cautioned against Mesotherapy, which at best may not do much and at worst can cause inflammation, infection, bleeding, and ulcers.
Chemical peels Chemical peels remove damaged layers of skin, forcing a new, smoother layer to heal in its place. But the root of cellulite is fat and not damaged skin, so chemical peels cannot lessen its appearance.
Dermal fillers Picture each cellulite dimple as a valley. These valley-like indentations result from fat pushing up against the skin’s underlying connective tissues. Fillers won’t plump up these unwanted valleys. In fact, fillers can actually unintentionally spread beyond the area of injection, lifting the raised portion of the valley and augmenting the depressed dimple.