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Does Liposuction Remove Cellulite?

Athenix specializes in techniques that can improve the contour of your body. Our solutions include advanced liposuction through VASER®, which prevents damage to surrounding tissues and offers patients a faster recovery with less bruising, bleeding, and swelling.

Our Orange County liposuction patients often want to know whether the treatment can fix cellulite as well. Liposuction targets stubborn areas of fat that don’t seem to respond to proper diet and exercise, but it does not specifically “fix” cellulite. To understand why, it helps to know how cellulite differs from the fat cells that liposuction removes.

What is Cellulite and What Causes It?

Cellulite is normal fat that makes legs, hips, and thighs appear “puckered” because the fat is pushing against the connective tissue above. As a result, the appearance of cellulite is as much about the tissue as it is about the fat.

Orange County liposuction patients often put too much value on the relationship between weight and cellulite. Thin people are also susceptible to cellulite, though additional weight can make cellulite more apparent. Other causes include:

  •     Your diet. If you eat poorly or follow fad diets, it can increase the appearance of cellulite.
  •     The thickness and tone of your skin. Cellulite may stand out more depending on these traits.
  •     Limited physical activity and slow metabolism. Both can weaken the connective tissue that prevents skin puckering.
  •     Changes in hormones. This occurs commonly as people age and can also weaken connective tissue.

For Liposuction Patients with Cellulite:

Athenix’s liposuction procedure focuses on fat that forms at deeper levels of your body. However, the fat that causes cellulite is near the surface of the skin. As a result, liposuction does not remove cellulite, but it can improve your body’s silhouette and slim resistant areas of fat.

Whether you are specifically concerned about cellulite or you want the benefits that liposuction offers, we encourage you to make an appointment with our practice for an initial consultation. Our experienced and knowledgeable surgeons can evaluate your needs and your goals to help you choose an appropriate treatment.

Learn more about liposuction and other body sculpting options with Athenix. Contact our Bellevue, Fresno, Irvine, Pasadena or Portland locations for a liposuction consultation today!

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 Your safety is our top priority.

To our valued patients,

I hope that you and your families have stayed healthy and well during this difficult time. We want to thank all of the essential workers that provided us with critical services during this period and also to all of you that remained at home preventing the further spread of the virus.

As we re-open our facilities our priority remains the safety and well being of our patients and staff. To that end, we have implemented a number of important safety measures at all of our facilities.

  1. All patients, staff, and caregivers will be screened via a questionnaire and temperature for Covid-19 symptoms at the front entrance.
  2. Only those individuals that pass the screening will be allowed into the facility.
  3. Patients can only bring 1 other person with them to the appointment.
  4. All patients (and caregivers) need to wear a mask while in the facility. Please bring a cloth or other mask with you to the appointment.
  5. Physical distancing will be in effect in the office waiting room and throughout the office.
  6. Once the physical distance capacity has been reached in the waiting room, patients will be asked to wait in their vehicles and will be called to come in at their appointment time.
  7. All surfaces in the office will be cleaned and disinfected at least on an hourly basis.
  8. All patient rooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each patient use.
  9. Caregivers waiting for patients after surgery will be asked to not wait in the facility.
  10. All staff will be wearing PPE in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We understand that these continue to be uncertain and difficult times however we remain committed to your health, well being, safety, and ensuring you the best outcome possible.

All Athenix locations are now open. However, as we continue to practice physical distancing, we are still available for virtual consultations at any of our locations. You can reach us by calling 1-888-276-1535 or email [email protected] to get scheduled.

We thank you for your continued support and trust in Athenix and look forward to seeing you soon.


Gavin M. Dry, M.D. Chief Medical Officer