Are you tired of trying cellulite treatments that don’t really work? Before you spend another $200 on cellulite cream, read this first. We did the research, so you don’t have to! Here, we round up four in-office cellulite treatments that can help you achieve the smooth skin you’ve always wanted. The last one is a total game-changer.

In-Office Cellulite Treatments that Actually Work

Cellulite, often referred to as orange peel skin, affects most women, as well as men, at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, there isn’t one treatment that can get rid of it forever. But don’t despair! Treatments for this condition have come a long way since it was first discovered in 1873. 

We now have access to plenty of products and services that can improve the appearance of cellulite. Be warned, though: some work better than others. 


How it works:

Sculptra is an injectable dermal filler that contains poly-L-lactic acid, a bio-stimulatory compound that boosts collagen production in the skin. While it can help reduce the appearance of cellulite anywhere in the body, it is intended to correct facial volume loss and minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
By helping the skin reestablish healthy collagen levels over time, this cosmetic injectable improves structure and skin volume, smoothing out dimples and depressions in the skin.  Sculptra can also help to thicken the skin, making it more resistant to the dimpling effects of cellulite

The good:

It is effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite in the buttocks and thighs. Because it’s a non-surgical procedure, it has shorter downtime and costs less than more invasive procedures.

The bad:

You will likely see results after 4 to 6 weeks, as it takes time for the skin to build new structural proteins. Also, the results are temporary, and you would need touch-ups in 1 to 2 years.


How it works:

The FDA-cleared Cellfina is a minimally-invasive treatment that uses a microblade to break up the tough, fibrous bands (also known as septae) that cause the dimpling you see on your butt and thighs. This releases the fat cells that are trapped in these bands, allowing the skin to stabilize and smooth out. The result is a significant reduction in the appearance of cellulite.

The good:

The results are noticeable in just a matter of days. Minimal downtime is expected, and side effects are tolerable. Based on a small study, it is one of the longest-lasting cellulite treatments right now, with results lasting up to 3 years or even longer.

The bad:

As with other treatments, the results are temporary. Because it is a relatively new procedure, we still don’t know the long-term effects of Cellfina. It does not work in areas with excessive skin laxity, such as the inner thigh. Using it in these areas can make the cellulite worse. 


How it works:

QWO is the first FDA-approved injectable for moderate to severe cellulite. It contains a blend of collagenase enzymes that are designed to dissolve the collagen molecules of the septae, which plays a key role in the formation of cellulite. QWO also stimulates new collagen formation to help smooth out cellulite and give the skin a healthier appearance.

The good:

The treatment is approved by the FDA and has a good safety profile. QWO is non-invasive and non-surgical. The whole procedure takes about 30 minutes. 

The bad:

QWO has only been tested and approved to treat the buttocks. At least 3 sessions are required for best results. The smoothing effects of QWO may last up to 12 months, which is shorter compared to other treatments. While minimal downtime, the associated bruising can last up to 2 weeks. 


How it works:

This latest technology in cellulite treatment significantly reduces the appearance of those pesky dimples in just one session. What’s unique about Resonic is their proprietary Rapid Acoustic Pulse™ (RAP) technology that delivers high-frequency sound waves through the skin to disrupt the fibrous septa that contribute to cellulite. 

The good:

Resonic is the first FDA-approved device that can sever the collagen-rich septa without damaging the surrounding skin structures, making it the least invasive in-office cellulite treatment on the market today. 

The procedure only lasts for about an hour or less. No anesthesia, no needles, and no bandages are required! While it sounds too good to be true, there is no downtime with Resonic. After your appointment, you can return to your daily activities immediately. 

Except for minimal discomfort, there are no unsightly bruises, swelling, and other side effects common in other laser procedures. 

It has a high satisfaction rate of 93% in clinical trials. Many women report that they are happy with the results of the treatment and would recommend it to others.

The bad:

Resonic is only available in select medical spas. The overall smoothing effect is more evident after a month or so. It may not be as effective in people with very loose skin. One session is enough for most cases, but some patients may need 1 to 3 sessions to see a significant reduction in the appearance of their cellulite.

Despite the frustration of having cellulite, it isn’t a serious health problem. You don’t need to treat your cellulite. But if having smooth, bouncy skin makes your heart sing, then why not go for it?

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Sara Condon

Sara is the Director of Marketing at BodySquad and one of our certified specialists. She is in charge of all facets of BodySquad's marketing efforts. She has a degree in marketing and is certified in CoolSculpting® Resonic®, CoolTone® and Morpheus8®.