How does lymphatic drainage massage help with cellulite?

It can be frustrating to eat healthy and work out regularly and still see cellulite on your thighs, buttocks or abdomen. It can feel like you’re not doing enough to maintain a healthy body. In fact, the appearance of cellulite is very common and doesn’t always have to do with lifestyle. 

So, what exactly is cellulite? Why does it appear? What’s the connection between the lymphatic system and cellulite? How can treatments like lymphatic drainage massage and Miracle Sculpt help reduce the appearance of cellulite? And what’s the difference between lymphatic drainage massage and Miracle Sculpt?

What is cellulite?

Cellulite appears as a result of bands that connect more superficial skin tissue to deeper layers of skin tissue being pulled downward. This causes the tissues to pucker up around the connective bands which is what causes the bumpy appearance on the skin’s surface. 

While nobody likes the “orange peel skin” look of cellulite, it’s very common, with as many as 80-90% of women having some form of cellulite. Also, the number of women with cellulite far outnumbers that of men. 

It’s a myth that only overweight people have cellulite. Even people with a slimmer body type can have cellulite in certain areas of the body. The appearance of cellulite can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Hormones
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Weight gain
  • Excess toxin accumulation
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Skin elasticity and thickness

Where is cellulite most commonly found?

Cellulite can be found anywhere on the body. If you pinch your upper arm, for example, and the pinched skin has a bumpy texture, there is cellulite underneath the skin’s surface. When cellulite is more prevalent, it can be seen on the skin’s surface without having to pinch it. The areas that are most common to see cellulite are the areas where fat deposits are typically stored:

  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Abdomen
  • Waist

These are the typical “problem areas” that benefit from treatments that help smooth out the skin tone.

How are the lymphatic system and cellulite connected?

The lymphatic system is a complex system of organs, vessels and nodes that plays an essential role in helping the body rid itself of toxins and waste. A well-functioning lymphatic system optimally processes liquids and fats, promoting good health, energy, and immunity. But when the lymphatic system isn’t functioning properly, it can result in feeling tired and bloated and also cause weight gain and increase the appearance of cellulite. 

Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, regular exercise and getting enough sleep are factors that can help regulate the lymphatic system’s functioning. 

How does lymphatic drainage massage work?

Lymphatic drainage massage uses gentle, even strokes aimed at moving excess fluids stored in the body’s tissues in the direction of lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, groin, and knees so they can be processed and eliminated naturally. 

It’s different from deep tissue massage in that the therapist doesn’t work into the muscles, but rather works on the tissues closer to the surface. Lymphatic drainage massage shouldn’t cause any discomfort, redness or bruising but rather provide a relaxing experience. Clients report feeling a sense of release and relaxation and noticeably reduced swelling in their limbs after a lymphatic drainage massage. The results can be seen immediately with clients looking slimmer and less bloated. 

How does Miracle Sculpt work?

Miracle Sculpt is described as a “manual liposculpture.” Using a patented series of rhythmic suction and massaging strokes, Miracle Sculpt drains excess liquid while breaking up stubborn fat deposits. Miracle Sculpt also provides body contouring to give the body a shapelier silhouette. 

Though similar to a lymphatic drainage massage in that it reduces swelling caused by water retention, Miracle Sculpt has the added benefit of working on areas of stored fat as well. The suctioning maneuvers break up the fat deposits while the massage strokes push the fat deposits and retained water through the body so they can be eliminated by the lymphatic system, helping the body get rid of both excess fat and liquids

Do lymphatic drainage massage and Miracle Sculpt both reduce cellulite?

As lymphatic drainage massage affects the more superficial tissues that cause cellulite, the result is a smoother, more even skin tone in the areas where a client has cellulite. 

The strokes used in Miracle Sculpt are unique in that they use a suctioning and massage strokes together to not only reduce inflammation and bloating but also break up fat deposits, significantly reducing the appearance of cellulite.  

Results of Miracle Sculpt combined with Velashape

What’s the difference between lymphatic drainage and Miracle Sculpt?

Lymphatic drainage massage and Miracle Sculpt both work on ridding the body of excess fluids and toxins but Miracle Sculpt has the added benefit of body contouring, so it not only reduces swelling and bloating caused by liquid retention, it also targets areas where fat tends to collect to break up stubborn fat and enhance the body’s natural curves. 

How can I achieve the best results with these treatments?

Both lymphatic drainage and Miracle Sculpt are gentle massages that yield amazing results in reducing swelling and improving the appearance of cellulite. 

You can have these massages as frequently as every other day in order to maximize results and speed up the process of liquid drainage. After that you can maintain your results with weekly, bi-weekly or monthly massages according to your needs and goals.

For best results, make sure to drink plenty of water to help support the lymphatic system in flushing out liquids, toxins and fat. Also, maintain a healthy diet and exercise regime to support the lymphatic system’s optimal functioning and prevent it from becoming overloaded with toxins, fats and excess liquid retention. 


While many women have some amount of cellulite despite diet and exercise regimes, it’s also possible to drastically reduce its appearance through treatments like lymphatic drainage massage and Miracle Sculpt. Both reduce the appearance of cellulite and reduce swelling while Miracle Sculpt also breaks up fat deposits and offers body contouring. Schedule a consultation with our trained technicians at Skinic Beverly Hills to find out more about how these treatments can improve the appearance of cellulite. 

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