Many people, including celebrities like Kim Kardashian, have felt insecure because of cellulite. In fact, almost 31,000 people sought cellulite treatments in 2016. However, lasers are not the only way to lessen the appearance of cellulite, and some treatment options are more popular than lasers. When it comes to fighting those pesky dimples, learn how lasers compare to other treatment options.
“There are four components to cellulite: fat, fibrous bands, skin laxity, and fitness,” says Refresh Dermatology’s Suneel Chilukuri. He suggests using a combination treatment on patients like the Exilis Ultra, which isn’t a true laser, because it uses radiofrequency and ultrasound together.
However, it’s important to note that even though lasers can treat cellulite, they are not always the best option. CoolSculpting, which eliminates fat cells by freezing them is now a popular option, and SculptSure (radiofrequency) is also being requested. According to Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery and Medspa’s Alan Durkin, lasers aren’t used as widely to treat cellulite as they were just a few years ago.
“The gold standard laser for cellulite treatment is still Cellulaze,” says Durkin. “But with the advent and distribution of Cellfina, which is not laser-based, it is unclear whether lasers will continue to be the mainstay therapy for cellulite.”