The Role of Liposuction in Reducing Cellulite
Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty ("fat modeling"), liposculpture or suction lipectomy ("suction-assisted fat removal"), is an invasive fat removal procedure used for body contouring. The original goal of liposuction was to eradicate excessive fat from men and women alike on the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks, the hardest areas to burn away fat via exercise. It works very well, however, if diet and lifestyle are not maintained to match the new body, the recipient will likely rebound and have to book another liposuction appointment.
There are many different types of liposuction (wet, dry, laser-assisted, ultrasound-assisted, et al), but the most common is Tumescent, where a large amount of fluid (up to three to four times the volume of fat to be remove) is first injected into the designated area. Then an incision is made and the fat is removed via a small tube that applies a vacuum suction.
Liposuction and Cellulite
Since liposuction extracts deep fat, rather than the surface subcutaneous fat where cellulite originates, liposuction is not the right treatment for cellulite per se. Indeed, liposuction sometimes worsens the look, deepening the "orange-peel" effect. Because of that, Endermologie is often used to smooth out the skin after a liposuction session.
There is a new procedure akin to liposuction called LipoDissolve, which eliminates unwanted fat via a series of microinjections into the problem areas. Read more about Lipo Dissolve and Cellulite.