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Can Dermal Fillers be Used on Cellulite?

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The hips, thighs, and buttocks, especially among women, often suffer from a lumpy, uneven texture known as cellulite. This is caused by connective tissue bands pulling the skin atop particular regions of fat downward into the underlying tissues. While cellulite is not a major health concern, it can be quite bothersome cosmetically. Today, there are many methods like QWO treatments to reduce the appearance of cellulite on the skin, as well as unconventional alternatives like dermal fillers as of late.

So can dermal fillers be used on cellulite? Yes, because some dermal fillers boost collagen production and eventually smooth out dimples on the skin. While most dermal fillers are used to boost volume and plump up an area of the body like the lips or cheeks, dermal fillers can also be used in smoothing out depressions on the skin. But to really get the results you want, it’s best to consult with a trusted and reliable provider to ensure that you’re getting the right kind of treatment and achieve smooth, cellulite-free skin in turn. 

What Dermal Fillers Are Normally Used For

Dermal fillers are soft gel-like injectables that are injected beneath the skin to assist smooth out deep wrinkles in the face. Hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, and polymethyl methacrylate are some of the numerous types of dermal fillers available. 

Injectable dermal fillers generally reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in your face by restoring facial volume in strategically placed areas. Aging brings fine lines, wrinkles, and other types of static wrinkles, which are unavoidable. With hyaluronic acid filler injections, you can minimize the look of these aging indicators in just 2 weeks.

Why Use Fillers on Cellulite?

Volume loss is the root of many obvious indications of aging. Wrinkles around the nose and lips emerge when facial tissues weaken, and the cheeks begin to seem hollow. By restoring lost volume, dermal fillers can help smooth wrinkles, plump the lips, and restore a more youthful appearance. 

While dermal fillers are commonly referred to as wrinkle fillers, they’re capable of much more than just smoothing out wrinkles. In a similar way with lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers can also be used on cellulite. As it can boost collagen production and add skin volume, it can also smooth out dimples on the skin. Dermal fillers can even out the lumps and depressions on your skin and help you get back clear and cellulite-free skin.

Radiesse Filler for Cellulite

What is Radiesse?

Radiesse is a cosmetic skin filler that is injected into specified regions of the face and hands. It promotes your body's own collagen, filling in wrinkles over time and assisting your skin in the development of new collagen. 

This therapy targets wrinkles and creases around the lips and nose, as well as regions of facial fat loss, which also makes it ideal for cellulite alleviation at times. It's also good for the backs of hands that have lost volume.

How Does Radiesse Work?

Radiesse is made up of calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) gel microspheres that start working right away after being injected. CaHA is made up of phosphate and calcium ions that are found in the human body.

Initially, the injectable gel does all of the jobs of filling in the desired volume. However, over time, the CaHA promotes your skin's own collagen, allowing it to manufacture more of its own filler. The hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon in the gel aid in the formation of a connective tissue-like structure. 

CaHA eventually seeps back into your body, leaving your collagen behind. Radiesse treatment effects can persist well over a year — even up to two years in certain cases — according to the technology underlying it.

Why Do We Recommend Radiesse?

Dermal fillers can be beneficial to both young and old people. Due to repeated facial motions, younger persons may have naturally thin regions and folds, but elderly adults may develop significant facial wrinkles and a loss of face volume as their facial fat reduces. 

Radiesse is an injectable dermal filler that may be used as a wrinkle filler or to restore volume to regions of the face that have lost volume. It’s very effective on the following areas:

  • Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Scarring
  • Lines on the upper lip
  • Marionettes Lines
  • Pre-jowl folds 

Many Radiesse patients report having a great experience that lasts at least 12 months and up to 18 months.

Sculptra as a Filler for Cellulite

What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is a unique cosmetic injectable that does not contain hydrophilic components like hyaluronic acid, unlike many other fillers. Poly-L-lactic acid, a bio-stimulatory chemical that encourages the skin to create more collagen, is used instead. While you may have heard that Sculptra may help with cellulite anyplace on the body, it's primarily developed to help with face volume reduction. 

It's also quite efficient at reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles due to its mode of action. This cosmetic injectable enhances structure and fullness in the face over time by assisting the skin in re-establishing healthy collagen levels, resulting in a more youthful, vibrant complexion.

How Does Sculptra Work?

The procedure is extremely comparable to dermal procedures since the process of repairing collagen on the face is the same as it is in regions with cellulite. Cellulite may be treated with Sculptra, which locates dimples and fills them with new collagen to make your skin smooth and soft. 

Your doctor will mark the dimples, numb the region with lidocaine or another anesthetic, then inject the filler into the skin with a fine-gauge needle, as with other cosmetic dermatology treatments.

Following the treatment, your doctor will massage the region to ensure that the Sculptra is adequately disseminated beneath the skin, eliminating lumps and bumps. You can apply a cold compress to the skin if necessary, but there’s little to no downtime following fillers.

What Are The Other Options for Cellulite Removal?

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What is QWO?

QWO is the first FDA-approved injectable cellulite treatment that dissolves the fibrous bands that produce deep dimples with a simple injection of a safe substance that has been used in other medical applications for years. QWO is a prescription drug that is typically used to treat moderate to severe cellulite in adult women's buttocks. QWO works by enzymatically destroying the fibrous septae that cause cellulite, giving the treated skin a smoother appearance.

QWO vs Dr. Lanna’s Sculptra Butt-Lift

A Sculptra butt-lift works differently than conventional dermal fillers. Sculptra injects poly-L-lactic acid into your dermal layers instead of hyaluronic acid components. This chemical stimulates your body's natural collagen synthesis. 

Sculptra injections fill out the area behind your buttocks with a curved shape that looks natural and suits your body type since collagen is the protein that gives your skin its structure and contour. Collagen takes from weeks to months to form. This implies that if you want to boost your volume and form, you'll probably require many injections. 

Side Effects

Despite having a number of similarities with Sculptra, QWO has a handful of side effects that the patient can experience such as allergic responses (hypersensitivity) like anaphylaxis. Other side effects also include hives, swollen face, breathing problems, chest discomfort, lowered blood pressure, and fainting or dizziness.

Note that these side effects resolve on their own shortly after the procedure. But if any of these issues persist longer than they should, contact a medical professional immediately. Some of the best ways to prevent any unnecessary adverse effects is going to a reputable clinic and following the right aftercare practices.


After Sculptra injections, most patients may resume their daily activities right away. Swelling, bruising, and other side effects are generally minor and fade away after a few days. Sculptra also doesn’t require any extra preparation.

Preventive Methods to Avoid Cellulite


Cellulite can be made more visible by dehydration. Toxins that cause cellulite can be flushed out of your system with water. Make an attempt to drink more water on a regular basis. Women are advised to consume at least nine glasses of water every day.


Massage is one potential treatment option. You may do this at home or with the help of a professional massage therapist. By enhancing lymphatic drainage, massage may help to minimize cellulite. It can also assist in the stretching of your skin tissue. This could also help with cellulite dimples expanding out.

Massage creams offer similar benefits, but the most crucial factor is the massage technique. You can't just put on a lotion and expect the cellulite to go. Keep in mind that when it comes to cellulite, one massage won’t suffice. You must perform the process on a regular basis to get and maintain your desired results.

Healthy Diet

It's important to eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet if you want to avoid cellulite. Maintaining a healthy weight can also be aided by a nutritious diet. Reduce your intake of processed and high-sugar meals, which can cause toxins and fat to build up in the body, and increase your fiber intake.

Try The Best Cellulite Treatments at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics

Dr. Lanna is a highly sought-after board-certified cosmetic surgeon in NYC who has done over 10,000 aesthetic treatments. Together with her team, they exceed the expectations of their clients and train aesthetic professionals to perform successful cosmetic procedures.

During your initial consultation, we highly recommend you ask any questions you have in mind about getting dermal fillers. We want our patients to understand the process they’re undergoing, how it can help their appearance, and anything else they want to know about fillers or other injectables. 

Contact Dr. Lanna Aesthetics now at (929) 565-7539 and start feeling and looking your best.

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