Ashley Graham, Demi Lovato, Olivia Munn and Lizzo are among the stars who have posted cellulite-revealing selfies on social media, speaking out to celebrate the perfect imperfection. “I have cellulite,” Amy Schumer has said, “and I still deserve love.”
Others in the spotlight continue to search for minimally invasive solutions to get rid of that stubborn dimpled skin—found mainly on the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Cellulite is most prevalent in women (due to the distribution of fat, muscle, and connective tissue) and occurs when fibrous, mesh-like connective cords pull down, accumulating fat in the middle. So all the topical creams in the world, massage and dry brushing won’t make a difference.
But recent advances in nonsurgical skin-toning and tightening devices, along with the Cuvo, the first FDA-approved injectable enzyme treatment for cellulite on the buttocks — offer a range of cellulite-busting tools.
Beverly Hills-based dermatologist Harold Lancer, whose holistic practice clients include Margot Robbie and Beyoncé, focuses on three key treatments. To address more surface ripples over larger areas, the doctor turns to the Emsculp Neo machine, a combo of radio-frequency and electromagnetic energies, that allows “some ‘underwires’, or fibrous attachments, between the skin and the sub-fat lining.” Helps to tighten, which is called the fascia, in addition to reducing some of the superficial fat,” he says.
The Lancer also uses Morpheus 8’s latest M8 radio-frequency microneedling technology that “penetrates deep enough to warm the indentations and irregular contour of cellulite-prone skin.” For small areas, such as above the navel or on the inner arms, he or she looks at the Venus Legacy radio frequency to tighten the skin fibers. Large “saucer-shaped depressions” call for subsection, a surgical procedure with less risk of side effects that uses local anesthesia and specially designed needles to cut individual cords one by one. uses. The treatment is followed by injections of hyperdiluted Sculptra filler.
“The way people talk, you’d think cellulite was a scourge of Western civilization,” says LA dermatologist Ava Shamban, whose overall client list includes Angela Bassett and Molly Sims. She underlines that the “button mattress appearance” of cellulite tends to be more pronounced on “loose, loose skin,” which is a separate issue.
Like the Lancer, Shamban uses several modalities. “We really hammered cellulite—whether it’s an injectable enzyme [QWO] to dissolve the bands in two to three treatments or subdivision to release the bands; Radiase or Sculptra injections to fill in the dimpling; Then Amtone Thermal Radio Frequency or Morpheus 8 to tighten the skin,” she says.
As for the pros and cons of Qivo, Shamban says, “The nice thing about Qivo is that it’s fast and doesn’t hurt, even in people with less pain, and it works. The current downside is hurting.” [which lasts about two weeks], so it’s not something you can do right before filming or getting into a bikini, but the company is actively researching how to reduce it. We’ve found that Compression helps, and we can treat some with lasers, as we do for Botox or filler bruises.”
Shamban mentions two other new FDA-expired cellulite treatments for the buttocks and thighs: the Resonic, a device that uses advanced rapid acoustic waves to break up fibrous tissue, and the Avely, a hook-like device that requires local anesthesia. Requires and separates the connective tissue band. She hasn’t used one yet and considers Evely “too aggressive” for her practice.
Beverly Hills dermatologist Simon Orion, whose holistic practice includes clients such as Lady Gaga, Eva Mendes, and Megan Fox, turns to acoustic wave treatments for cases with a large amount of cellulite dimpling. “We use trans-acoustic therapy to bombard the area and leave a lot of vulnerable tissue, so we’re left with maybe 10 or 15 dimples that we can treat better,” he says. starts at around $3,000). Then he likewise uses a mix of Subsection, filler, Amsculpt Neo and radio-frequency devices such as the Morpheus 8.
The latest laser, ultrasound, and radio-frequency treatments, he says, “work aggressively to shrink-wrap the skin. If we generate enough heat, the ropes in the skin get stronger, the collagen sheets harden.” and they pull the entire skin down to create a stronger elasticity.” These doctors can run multiple-modality packages ranging from $5,000 to $18,000 for two or more visits. By itself, a three-session treatment with Qwo costs around $3,000 to $4,000, depending on the size of the area.