What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a cosmetic problem that affects 85% – 95% of British women and 20% of British men.

Cellulite can affect people of all ages, shapes and sizes including those who are very slim. Cellulite can appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly appears on the thighs, buttocks, hips, upper arms and back, or wherever fat deposits are at their most concentrated.

Cellulite is caused when the connective tissue bands beneath your skin surrounding fat cells become tight and inflexible. Enlarged pockets of fat trapped by the rigid bands push up against the skin, giving the familiar dimpled appearance of cellulite at skin level. This effect can be exacerbated by thin skin which makes it appear more prominent.

Cellulite is best treated by Cellulaze, a sophisticated laser treatment that targets the underlying cellulite tissue and fat and simultaneously tightens the overlying skin.

What are the benefits of Cellulite Treatment (Cellulaze)?

The benefits of cellulite treatment are both cosmetic and psychological, and include:

  • Quick, non – invasive laser treatment
  • Single, one-off treatment
  • Permanently removes or reduces Cellulite 
  • Permanently smooths and tightens skin
  • Sculpts and contours treated area
  • Reduced self-consciousness wearing summer clothes
  • Improved emotional wellbeing

Before & After

Cellulite Treatment Results

Click here to view our gallery of Before & Afters of Cellulite Treatment results

What is Cellulite Treatment (Cellulaze)?

Cellulaze Laser Therapy is the world's first aesthetic laser treatment that uses minimally invasive means to reduce cellulite by directly targeting its actual structure beneath the surface of the skin.it works by stimulating an increase of the skin's thickness, treating the bulging fat, and releasing the tethering fibrous bands.

Cellulaze is an 'intelligent' laser treatment that is able to deliver longer-lasting results than other non-invasive treatment methods, by directly targetting the subdermal structures that forms the foundation of cellulite instead of only temporarily seeking to treat the cosmetic appearance of cellulite.

Every year millions of pounds are spent on creams and gels trying to get rid of those stubborn dimpled, fatty deposits. Cellulaze is a one off treatment that can deliver far more impactful improvements.

Who is suitable for Cellulite Treatment (Cellulaze)?

Cellulite Treatment (Cellulaze) is a highly personal procedure and should only be undertaken if you feel strongly that you would benefit from either the Cellulite eliminating and skin tightening properties of Cellulaze treatment.

You may be a suitable candidate for cellulite treatment if:

  • You are in good psychological and physical medical health
  • You are at your ideal body weight
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations of what can be achieved via Cellulaze
  • You are seeking to eliminate or reduce cellulite 
  • You are seeking to smooth and tighten the overlying skin
  • You are looking for an effective solution, able to deliver long lasting results

What is the difference between Cellulaze and Liposuction?

These procedures do not achieve the same goal; however, many patients may find themselves torn on which one would be best for their personal needs.

Liposuction is the best option if you’re looking to remove unwanted fat from specific areas on the body.

Cellulaze treats smaller pockets of cellulite to improve the appearance of the skin, but does not remove fat. In some cases, patients may actually benefit from a combination of both these treatments. You surgeon will be able to help you determine which procedure can treat your areas of concern.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no known reason why cellulite develops but certain risk factors that may contribute to the development of cellulite include;

+ Weight gain or loss
+ Hormone changes throughout life, such as pregnancy and menopause
+ Loss of tone and elasticity due to ageing
+ Lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle
+ Poor nutrition

The Cellulaze procedure is an innovative treatment to combat the effects and symptoms of cellulite by attacking the very structure of the cellulite cells.

Cellulite occurs when underlying tissue bands stiffen and the fat cells they surround enlarge, pushing up against the skin to create the effect recognized as cellulite. The cellulaze procedure pulses a laser wavelength under the skin via a tiny fibroptic cable to target the cellulite at its source in the underlying tissue. The pulse gradually heats the skin to melt away the fat and release the fibrous bands contributing to the cellulite 'look', replacing it with a more even look. The laser energy finally stimulates collagen production to increase skin elasticity.

In just one treatment Cellulaze can visually improve the appearance of cellulite, increase skin thickness and elasticity and produce measurable clinical improvements lasting a full year or longer.

Cellulaze is the first and only minimally invasive cellulite treatment to be supported by clinical evidence under trial conditions.

Most commonly, cellulite appears in areas where fat deposits are most concentrated. These typically include:

+ Back
+ Buttocks
+ Hips
+ Thighs (saddle bags)

Cellulaze is appropriate treatment to treat cellulite wherever it appears on the body, and it is also common to treat the following areas

+ Bra strap
+ Chin
+ Cheeks
+ Face
+ Knees
+ Mons pubis
+ Neck
+ Upper arms

Our Cellulaze procedures are performed by Mr Ayham Al-Ayoubi, a leading surgeon and pioneer of new techniques and surgical innovations. Mr Al-Ayoubi fully developed the concept of Laser-Assisted Liposuction and was the first surgeon to introduce all generations of SmartLipo and Cellulaze laser into the UK.

Whilst there are several alternative treatments for cellulite removal, the best treatment for cellulite involve powerful laser solutions such as Cellulaze and Smart Lipo since results are clinically proven, long term and can be achieved in a single session.

Other non – laser alternatives include

+ losing weight, e.g. exercise, diet
+ applying topical creams and lotions
+ professional treatments, e.g. massaging and collagen stimulation

These are unable to deliver as long-lasting or fully visible results as Cellulaze as their action does not target the underlying structure of the cellulite formation.

For example, whilst diet and exercise can of help hugely in terms of fat loss, the associated restoration of skin elasticity that is achieved by laser is not possible. Creams are only able to achieve this tightening effect temporarily through the action of active ingredient caffeine and are unable to yield long-term results.

There are several ways to eliminate cellulite and get rid of cellulite symptoms.

Non-invasive alternatives include losing weight, applying topical creams and lotions and undergoing professional treatments such as massage and collagen stimulation. These alternatives aim to treat the condition only superficially by working at the skin's surface going some way to reduce cellulite symptoms, but are unable to fully eliminate cellulite or get rid of cellulite completely.

We always recommend minimally invasive laser techniques such as Cellulaze or Smart Lipo if you want to fully remove cellulite.

+ Losing weight: dieting and exercise combats cellulite by reducing the number of fat cells in the body. But fat cells themselves are only half of the equation. If your skin elasticity isn't restored simultaneously the overall effect can be sagging which make the bumps look worse.
+ Topical solutions: the easiest of all the solutions but the most temporary in terms of results. Caffeine is typically leveraged as an active ingredient to make the bumps look smoother, or else Vitamin A derivatives are used to thicken the outer layer of the skin. These treatments are only temporary however
+ Professional Treatments: massage and suction techniques are used to boost circulation and stimulate collagen production. You'll probably need about six sessions to start seeing your results. These aren't fully effective however, and you can expect to see a 50% reduction of symptoms at best

Yes we do recommend Smart Lipo as a potential alternative.

Smart Lipo, which requires local anaesthesia, involves the removal of the fat cells by rupturing them with a laser. This solution achieves the most permanent and long-lasting results.

To find out more about the full spectrum of ways to eliminate cellulite at Cadogan Clinic, speak to one of our specialist advisors.

It is said that 95% of females have cellulite, and it is normal.

It is much rarer in men and this is thought to be due to the fact that there is less fat in men in the areas where we see cellulite.

Men also have a different arrangement of fat in the superficial layer of skin, which are arranged flatter, rather than as vertical columns. The influence of female hormones in cellulite is mainly down to fat distribution, as it is at puberty that girls develop fat over the buttocks, hips and lower abdomen where cellulite most commonly occurs.

The Cellulaze procedure itself lasts from between one to two hours, depending on the size and number of areas being treated.

Treatment can be done under local or light general anaesthetic

You will typically only require one single treatment. In cases of particularly stubborn cellulite, a stepped programme may be recommended

Some results will be visible immediately, although it typically takes between 3 – 6 months to see your results in full.

Cellulaze cellulite treatment results are permanent as it is the underlying structures of cellulite that are targeted by this high powered laser treatment.

That said, cellulite tends to worsen with age, so over time you might see the condition gradually return. You will be starting from a far improved position, however.

You should avoid gaining or losing too much weight to preserve your results.

Pain is managed completely by anaesthetic during the procedure. You may have some bruising or swelling post procedure, but this is easily managed with painkillers.

Yes it is very safe. Cellulaze lasers are precisely controlled by your surgeon, and contain in built safety mechanisms to prevent misfiring.

Cellulaze laser treatment is FDA and CE approved.

Cellulaze recovery time is always quick, since the procedure is minimally invasive and only requires either local or light general anaesthesia.

This means that you can be back to normal daily activities within just a day or two. Cellulaze recovery may involve wearing a compression garment for a short period after treatment, but your doctor will advise according to his or her preferred recovery process.

Yes cellulite generally worsens as our skin loses its elasticity and becomes saggy due to a lack of collagen. These are key elements of the ageing process.

Whilst your results will be permanent for the treated area, it is possible that with age additional cellulite forms in the region.
Your consultant will explain this in detail at your consultation.

What to expect

Free Consultation with a Patient Advisor

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee. 

Surgical Consultation

The next step is for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions.

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Cadogan Clinic by your Patient Advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anaesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.


After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases, patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you.

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks following your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. This comprised of a series of appointments made with your surgeon and nursing team to monitor your progress and recovery. They will also introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress. Our team are also on call to answer any questions you have around your surgery at any time you are concerned.


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