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A very common question that I am asked from prospective patients who are considering liposuction in Scottsdale is if the procedure will also improve their cellulite. Not only do they want to improve their overall body shape with liposuction but they would also like to address the cellulite commonly situated on the thighs, hips and waist in women.

What is cellulite? It is an anatomic structural abnormality involving the fat, tissue between globules of fat and the overlying skin which is affected by hormones and genetics. The skin in these areas has lost its elasticity, presenting with a relative laxity and contour irregularities.

Liposuction will remove the underlying fat but will not address the overall intrinsic anatomy of the area nor will it have any effect on the elasticity of the skin. With less fat stretching out the overlying damaged skin, the cellulite will actually worsen in appearance. Therefore, liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite.

For more information on liposuction, tummy tucks or any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with me, you can contact my office in Scottsdale at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

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