Will Liposuction Help Improve The Cellulite On My Butt?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have had a ‘cottage-cheese’ butt my whole life. I hate and want to get rid of it. Would liposuction help smooth out the dents on my butt by removing some of the fat? Besides making it smoother would it make it smaller as well?

A: The search for an effective cellulite treatment has been ongoing for years and to say that it is elusive is an understatement. The buttocks is a prime location for the cottage cheese look of the skin. Over the years such treatments as Endermologie and VelaShape have been promoted but their effects are short-term and any improvement requires regular maintenance treatments. Liposuction surgery, however, is exactly what you don’t want to do. Liposuction removes the superficial layer of fat and removes the support from the overlying skin…this has the high likelihood to make the appearance of cellulite even worse. The newest cellulite treatment, Cellulaze, may offer improvement of buttock cellulite on a more sustained basis but long-term results (years) remain to be reported.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana