Your Guide to Cellulite Removal: What Is It and How Does it Work?

By Amy Candrl
cellulite removal

Let’s face it: Cellulite is something that most of us have (and all of us hate).

Perhaps, like many women, you first noticed cellulite and became self-conscious about your body when you were in your teens. If you were luckier, maybe you didn’t notice any cellulite after you had children or entered menopause.

Whatever the case, you have it now — and you would love to get rid of it.

The good news is that there are many safe, effective options for cellulite removal. Keep reading and we’ll discuss everything you need to know, including where to find the best cellulite treatment options in St. Louis.

What Is Cellulite?

Cellulite is an incredibly common condition — in fact, up to 90% of women develop cellulite after puberty. Some people refer to it as “orange peel” skin because of its similar appearance to the bumps and dimples of the fruit. It’s most common around the thighs and buttocks, but it can also appear in the stomach and upper arms.

Although cellulite is unsightly, it’s both harmless and painless. It happens when fat cells increase and push up against the skin. At the same time, tougher connective tissues pull down, creating an uneven “dimpled” appearance.

Some lifestyle factors, such as smoking and being overweight, may increase your chances of developing cellulite. However, genetics play a major factor too, as many women who are thin and physically fit still have cellulite.

What Are the Benefits of Cellulite Removal?

The biggest benefit of cellulite removal is the effect it will have on your self-confidence. A staggering 97% of women struggle with negative body image, so reducing or eliminating the appearance of cellulite can be a huge confidence booster.

Physically speaking, cellulite removal does good things for your body too. Cellulite treatments enhance blood flow and bring oxygen to the area, which helps your overall circulation. Your skin will also look tighter and smoother, allowing more muscle tone to show through.

How Does Cellulite Removal Work?

The benefits of cellulite removal are clear, but how does cellulite removal work? Are the treatments painful, risky, or invasive?

We’re here to lay your fears to rest and assure you that cellulite removal is none of those things. Today’s treatment options are both safe and effective without the need for surgery.

Here’s an overview of four different cellulite treatment options available at The Lifestyle Center in St. Louis.

1. QWO

If you’ve tried anti-cellulite creams and lotions, you know their effects are limited. A better way to banish cellulite is to treat it at its source with QWO injectables.

As we discussed earlier, cellulite occurs when fat forms into bulges and dimples over tighter connective tissues. The amazing technology in QWO breaks up those tough, fibrous tissues and restores your skin to a smooth, dimple-free state.

Three sessions spaced three weeks apart deliver excellent results for most women within 10 weeks. Some women report bruising and mild swelling after the injections, but these are easily treatable with Tylenol or ibuprofen.

2. Venus Legacy™ + Z-Wave

This one-two punch is one of the best ways to tackle cellulite. 

The Venus Legacy treatment uses a combination of painless multi-polar radio frequencies and magnetic pulses to penetrate deep into your soft tissues. The result is increased collagen production, which firms the skin and also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and stretch marks.

The Z-Wave enhances the treatment by increasing blood flow and draining lymphatic fluid from the treatment area. It also relaxes the tough, fibrous bands that form cellulite in the first place.

This combined treatment offers long-lasting results with zero downtime. Most patients see great results after eight treatment sessions (one treatment per week).


A newer treatment option we’re excited to offer is the first-of-its-kind EMTONE. This device treats all major contributing factors to cellulite and can deliver impressive results in just four 15-minute treatments.

How does EMTONE work? First, it uses radiofrequency energy to warm your skin. This tightens existing collagen fibers and stimulates the production of new collagen, resulting in tighter skin.

Next, it emits painless acoustic waves that stimulate your skin and encourage circulation. At the same time, it deters fluid from collecting in the area that contributes to the appearance of cellulite.

Because EMTONE stimulates the production of new collagen, you can expect long-lasting results after this treatment. Many patients notice a visible difference after their first treatment. The best results usually appear around 12 weeks after the final treatment, when new collagen production is complete.

4. Sculptra Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers aren’t just for crow’s feet and smile lines. They can also be used to restore your skin’s youthful appearance and reverse signs of aging — including the appearance of cellulite.

Sculptra is one of many dermal fillers we offer that help to tighten skin and smooth out wrinkles and dimples. It works by activating your skin’s natural regenerative process and replenishes your supply of collagen and elastin.

What if you’re not sure which type of cellulite treatment is best for you? Get in touch and we’ll happily answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.

How to Get Rid of Cellulite in St. Louis

If you’re fed up with your cellulite, it’s time to say goodbye to it once and for all. With so many safe, effective options for cellulite removal, there’s no reason to feel self-conscious anymore.

At The Lifestyle Center in St. Louis, we proudly offer the latest procedures that improve the appearance of your skin, hair, and body. Our team of licensed professionals works under the watchful care of Richard Moore, MD, to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all.

Are you ready to learn more about cellulite removal and our other medspa procedures? Click here to set up a virtual consultation or give us a call at 314.863.5556.

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