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What Is the Best Treatment for Cellulite?

June 28, 2024

If you found this blog by searching “What is cellulite?” on your computer with your phone ready to call a lawyer to make arrangements, you can set the phone down, take a breath, and release all that tension in your muscles. “What is cellulite?” is probably one of the few medical questions you can Google without being met with threats of cancer or underlying disease. 

Cellulite most commonly presents as bumpy, lumpy skin on the thighs, butt, breasts, lower abdomen, and hips. And despite the myriad of comments on the internet about it being related to toxins, obesity, etc., it does not discriminate; it can appear on the healthiest, skinniest woman. There is also no scary, underlying cause, and no diagnostic testing is necessary. It’s just an aesthetic concern that 80% – 90% of post-puberty women deal with. 

Though cellulite is harmless, it can make many adults feel self-conscious. Fortunately, despite the uncertainty around why it occurs, reducing the appearance of cellulite is still possible with the three different yet effective cellulite treatments offered at SkinDC.


SkinDC is one of the first practices to offer Avéli, an FDA-cleared treatment designed for cellulite and cellulite only. This treatment, which is currently only for women, is non-surgical and requires only one session.

Unlike those creams and potions that promise the world but deliver little, Aveli can pretty much guarantee results because it targets one of the root causes of cellulite: the fibrous bands under your skin. These fibrous bands, also known as septa, create cellulite when tension causes them to pull the skin down.

Avéli addresses this by snipping those tight pesky bands and alleviating the tug that’s pulling the skin down, smoothing out the area. 

The process is really easy. 

  • Your SkinDC physician assistant or board-certified dermatologist will give you a local anesthetic in the treatment area. 
  • Once you’re numb, they will create very small incisions for the Aveli device to slip through. 
  • Using Avéli’s patented technology, your provider can verify which bands they need to release and see real-time results.

After treatment, you should expect some bruising or fluid leakage from the incision sites. However, both clear up pretty quickly. Within 24 to 48 hours, you’ll be resuming your regular routine!

What Is the Best Treatment for Cellulite?

Hyperdilute Radiesse

Hyperdilute Radiesse is another fantastic option for tackling cellulite, especially when skin laxity is part of the problem. Unlike traditional Radiesse, which is used to add volume in the cheeks, chin, jaw, hands, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds, hyperdilute Radiesse involves diluting the filler with a mixture of saline and lidocaine. This creates a solution that can be used anywhere there is skin laxity, like the neck, chest, arms, and legs, to utilize its collagen-stimulating capabilities. If we used regular Radiesse in these thinner areas, you would not see any results, regardless of the amount of product.

Here’s what the process looks like:

  • Your SkinDC dermatologist or physician assistant will dilute the Radiesse. 
  • Then, they will inject this hyperdilute mixture into the areas affected by cellulite. 
  • The magic happens under the surface as Radiesse stimulates your body’s natural collagen production, gradually firming and tightening the skin over time. What’s great about this treatment is that it not only smooths out the dimpled appearance but also enhances the overall quality of your skin in a natural way.
  • Side effects like bruising and swelling at the injection site typically disappear within a few days, and the procedure requires no downtime!
  • Your maintenance appointments will depend on your skin’s laxity and needs. Your SkinDC professional will provide details about what this looks like for you.

Most patients report seeing noticeable improvements within a few weeks, with optimal results developing over a few months as collagen production ramps up. Plus, the results can last up to a year or more, making it a long-lasting solution for cellulite.

What Is the Best Treatment for Cellulite?


And last, but certainly not least, we also offer Ultherapy! If you’re a fast reader and read that as Ultratherapy….you wouldn’t be wrong…it is like ultratherapy in the sense that it uses ultracool technology and will give you an ultra boost to your self-esteem!

Here’s a quick rundown of Ultherapy’s noteworthy points:

  • Precision Targeting: Ultherapy uses ultrasound imaging to precisely target the deeper layers of your skin where cellulite forms.
  • Natural Collagen Boost: Like Radiesse, the ultrasound energy stimulates your body’s natural collagen production, which helps to firm up the skin over time, reducing the appearance of cellulite.
  • Non-Invasive: One of the biggest perks of Ultherapy is that it’s a non-invasive procedure, meaning no cuts, stitches, or recovery time. Full transparency—the procedure can be a little uncomfortable, but we can provide nitrous oxide or other medications so you don’t feel anything.
  • Gradual, Natural-Looking Results: While some improvements might be noticeable immediately after the 1.5- to 3-hour procedure, the real magic happens over the next 2-3 months as your body continues to produce new collagen, gradually enhancing the texture and tone of your skin.
  • Versatility: Ultherapy can be used on various parts of the body affected by cellulite, including the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen.
  • Long-Lasting Effects: Maintenance appointments are only needed every 1 to 2 years, making Ultherapy a long-lasting cellulite solution.

Ultherapy is perfect for those looking for a non-surgical way to tighten skin and reduce cellulite. With its ability to boost collagen naturally, you can enjoy smoother, firmer skin without the hassle of recovery time! 

What Is the Best Treatment for Cellulite?

Treat Your Cellulite With SkinDC!

At SkinDC, we understand how frustrating cellulite can be and are dedicated to offering the most advanced treatments available to help you feel confident in your skin. Whether you’re interested in the precision of Avéli, the collagen-boosting power of hyperdilute Radiesse, or the non-invasive magic of Ultherapy, our team of skilled professionals is here to guide you through your options and develop a personalized treatment plan just for you.

Ready to tackle cellulite and enjoy smoother, firmer skin? Visit us at SkinDC in Arlington, VA, and let our experienced team help you achieve the results you’ve been dreaming of. Book your consultation today and take the first step towards a more confident you!