Cellulite typically forms on the buttocks and thighs. It occurs when there are pockets of fat underneath the connective tissue that pushes against the skin. Many factors contribute to the formation of cellulite, including your genes, gender and body fat. Light therapy can be used to reduce the exposure of cellulite.

How It Works

Light therapy works by emitting just enough light energy so that the nonaesthetic tissue is not destroyed while it stimulates your body’s natural auto response to treat cellulite. The ultraviolet lights also work to shrink the cells that produce fat and cellulite. This process is responsible for the immediate reduction of cellulite.

There are three lights emitted during this procedure. The red light works to stimulate the blood flow and metabolism throughout your body. The blue light works as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antipyretic, which refines the skin. The green light works to reduce skin folds and wrinkles while strengthening your immune system.

Through this procedure the three lights work together to break down cellulite fiber conglomerates. Light therapy for cellulite reduction also improves lymphatic drainage. Proper drainage of the lymphatic system is important because its works to support the immune system in destroying pathogens. It is also responsible for the removal of excess fluids and the filtration of waste so that the lymph can circulate through the circulatory system. In cellulite reduction, this process is essential, because when there isn’t proper drainage through the lymphatic system, the tissue in the skin begins to swell. This may also contribute to cellulite. Light therapy reduces your skin sensitivity levels and stretch marks.


Light therapy for cellulite treatment can be combined with full body massages to improve circulation. Exercise is also helpful in improving circulation and reducing cellulite. Although light therapy is not harmful to the body, you may feel sick, weak or tired after this procedure. These symptoms are due to the stress on the cells from the ultraviolet lights. This procedure is a non-invasive treatment that does not require a hospital stay or a significant amount of recovery time. It typically takes an hour to complete.

The cost of this procedure may be a consideration because followup treatments are usually recommended. It may reduce the appearance of cellulite, but there is no proven way to completely prevent its return. Although light therapy has been successful, this form of cellulite treatment is still relatively new.