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Understanding Liposuction and its Effect on Cellulite | Antony Fitton Plastic Surgery | Plymouth & Truro

Understanding Liposuction and its Effect on Cellulite

Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery designed to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body, helping to contour and improve the body’s appearance.

However, many patients wonder whether liposuction can also eliminate cellulite. In this blog, we’ll explore what cellulite is, whether liposuction can remove it, where the cellulite goes, and answer some frequently asked questions about the procedure.

Cellulite occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is the dimpled or lumpy appearance of the skin, commonly found on the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. It occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin. While cellulite is more common in women, it can affect anyone regardless of body weight or fitness level.

Does Liposuction Remove Cellulite?

Liposuction is primarily designed to remove fat deposits from beneath the skin. However, it is not specifically targeted at cellulite. While liposuction can reduce fat volume in the treated areas, it does not directly address the connective tissue bands causing the dimpled appearance. In some cases, liposuction may slightly improve the appearance of cellulite, but it is not a guaranteed or primary treatment for it.

Where Does the Cellulite Go?

Cellulite doesn’t exactly “go” anywhere. Since cellulite is the result of fat pushing against connective tissue, removing some of the underlying fat with liposuction may temporarily reduce its visibility. However, the fibrous bands causing the dimpled effect remain intact, which means cellulite can still be present even after fat removal.

Does Liposuction Remove All Fat From the Surgical Area?

Liposuction aims to remove a significant portion of fat from the targeted area, but it does not remove all the fat. Mr Fitton will typically leave a thin layer of fat to ensure smooth and natural contours. Removing too much fat can result in an uneven or unnatural appearance.

Does Fat Come Back After Liposuction?

The fat cells removed during liposuction are permanently gone. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t gain weight in the treated area again.

If you gain weight after liposuction, the remaining fat cells in the treated area, as well as fat cells in other parts of the body, can enlarge. Maintaining a stable weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise is crucial to preserving the results of liposuction.

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Liposuction may slightly improve the appearance of cellulite, but it is not a guaranteed or primary treatment for it.

FAQs about Liposuction and Cellulite

No, liposuction is not designed to completely eliminate cellulite. It may improve the appearance slightly but doesn’t address the connective tissue causing cellulite.

Yes, there are treatments specifically for cellulite, including laser therapy, radiofrequency, ultrasound treatments, and certain topical creams. Consulting a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for the best options is recommended.

While initial improvements gained by liposuction can be seen soon after the procedure, it can take several months for swelling to subside and the final results to become visible.

No, liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. It is best suited for body contouring and removing stubborn fat deposits that don’t respond to diet and exercise.

Since liposuction doesn’t target the root cause of cellulite, it can still be present or return after the procedure.

Common areas include the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, back, and under the chin.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise is crucial for sustaining liposuction results.

Removing excess fat and sculpting the body

Liposuction can be an effective method for removing excess fat and sculpting the body, but it is not a solution for cellulite.

Understanding the limitations of the procedure and having realistic expectations are important. For those specifically looking to address cellulite, discussing targeted treatments with a healthcare provider is the best course of action. Always consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and find the most appropriate treatment plan for your needs.

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Following your consultation, the price you are quoted includes everything and there are no extra or hidden costs. Advice, treatment and aftercare are all part of our package to ensure your experience is positive from beginning to end.


Managing your expectations about plastic surgery is important regardless of which procedure you wish to have done. It’s critical to have realistic expectations about plastic surgery and to also ensure you are on the same page as your surgeon.

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About your Plastic Surgeon: Mr Antony Fitton

MB, BS(hons)., MD., FRCS(eng)., FRCS(plast).

Mr Antony Fitton qualified at the Royal London Hospital in 1989 with distinction in Surgery. He holds an MB, BS(Hons)., MD., FRCS(eng). and FRCS(plast). (Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons).

He is a member of BAPRAS (British Association for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons), BAAPS (British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), and BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand).

Mr Fitton has received the Paton & Masser Award and the CM Matthews Award from the Royal College of Surgeons of England for his research in nerve injury.

Mr Fitton is licensed as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon by the GMC.
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