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Areas of the body with unwanted fat, excess skin, and cellulite can be effectively treated with a variety of surgical body sculpting techniques and cellulite reduction treatment options. For those who struggle with a combination of excess skin and fat, removal through surgery is an excellent choice. Read on to learn more about plastic surgery procedures and skin treatments that can help tone, slim, and smooth your figure.


Non-surgical cellulite reduction treatment can be performed using a variety of techniques. One of the most popular and effective treatments for reducing the appearance of cellulite is Lipomassage™ by Endermologie®, which combines mechanized suction and therapeutic massage to break down fat cells, release water retention, and smooth the thighs, buttocks, and hips. Similar cellulite-reducing systems that employ radiofrequency (RF) treatment, such as VelaSmooth™ and VelaShape™, have been shown to offer additional skin tightening results. 

Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve™ are two other non-surgical approaches to cellulite reduction. These treatments involve the injection of fat-reducing solutions to catalyze fat loss and smooth the appearance of cellulite. Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve™ may also be used in combination with body wrap treatments designed specifically to accelerate fat loss and tighten the skin.

Excess Skin

Whether excess skin is the result of a pregnancy, dramatic weight loss, or the aging process, excess skin and fat removal surgery is specifically designed to target your problem areas. Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from the midsection and the underlying abdominal muscles are tightened to slenderize the waist line. Other, more extensive procedures, such as full body lift and lower body lift, trim excess skin and fat along the thighs, hips, buttocks, and waist. More localized lift procedures such as an arm lift, thigh lift, butt lift, and breast lift are less intensive procedures that focus on excess skin and fat removal from one specific area of the body.

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Fat Removal

The most effective surgical fat removal treatment is liposuction. Liposuction removes excess fat from below the surface of the skin through tiny incisions. There are many different types of liposuction, including ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL), tumescent liposuction, LipoSelection®, and power assisted liposuction (PAL). Each type of liposuction has its benefits and risks, and an experienced cosmetic surgeon can help you decide which procedure will work best for you. Unlike other body contouring procedures, liposuction does not involve excess skin removal and is not an effective cellulite reduction treatment.

Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve™ are non-surgical fat and cellulite reduction treatment options. Both treatments involve the injection of specially formulated solutions beneath the skin to break down and eliminate fat and cellulite. There are no incisions required to perform these fat removal treatments; however, since the fat cells are not surgically removed from the area, the appearance of fat is more likely to return than with liposuction.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for Body Sculpting Surgery?

Candidates for body contouring treatments should be in good overall health, have good skin elasticity and skin thickness, and have reasonable expectations for the outcome of fat removal, cellulite reduction treatment, or excess skin removal surgery. Some body sculpting techniques, such as a total body lift, involve intensive surgical procedures. In such cases, candidates may have to meet additional health requirements before they can proceed with surgery.

Contact a Cosmetic Surgeon near You

Are you interested in finding out if you are a good candidate for cellulite reduction or excess skin and fat removal? If so, consult a cosmetic surgeon in your area to learn more about excess skin removal surgery, fat removal procedures, and cellulite reduction treatment options. A qualified surgeon can assess which procedures are best suited for your needs, as well as the results you can expect with each type of procedure.

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