Avéli Cellulite Reduction | Cellulite Treatments

Directly target cellulite dimples for permanently smoother skin

Cellulite is infamous: we don’t fully understand where it comes from, even though 90% of women have it. It has historically been one of the hardest cosmetic issues to treat, as the abundant creams and oils that promise to “improve” cellulite fail to offer significant or lasting results.

That’s why Dr. Kiya Movassaghi and our Eugene plastic surgery team are thrilled to offer Avéli™, a cellulite reduction device that is FDA-cleared and achieves excellent results in the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon. Moreover, Avéli requires only minimal downtime, making the procedure easy to fit into a busy schedule.

I loved entering this medical facility. It was clean, modern and relaxing. Their services are moderately priced compared to other facilities. The staff are professional and so so kind. I cannot wait to return.

—Actual Patient

The anatomy behind cellulite

Cellulite is a common condition, characterized by dimpling of the skin, usually in the buttocks and thighs. Cellulite is not solely linked to body weight or lifestyle choices; the appearance of cellulite does not necessarily mean you have a certain amount of fat cells! Its primary cause lies in the structure of fibrous bands, known as septa, which connect the skin to underlying tissues. Variations in these septal structures, influenced by genetics and hormonal factors, lead to the visible dimpling effect.

For this reason, topical creams are simply unable to make a difference in the appearance of cellulite. While healthy, hydrated skin may look better, the cellulite remains. Similarly, diet and exercise can address stubborn fat deposits, but the cellulite may remain even when you are at peak fitness.

How Avéli treats cellulite

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The Avéli procedure directly targets and severs the septa bands responsible for cellulite. Unlike topical treatments and other non-surgical approaches that yield inconsistent or short-term results, Avéli is a definitive and long-lasting solution: using a minimally invasive technique, the Avéli wand is inserted beneath the skin, and bands are severed.

Before & After

A woman's buttocks before and after Aveli cellulite treatment. Aveli cellulite therapy is inserted beneath the skin to release the cellulite dimples.
Cellulite reduction results after Aveli treatment reveal smoother buttocks. Treat cellulite with Aveli, an FDA-cleared device that releases fibrous septa beneath the skin

What to expect from Avéli cellulite treatments

Dr. Movassaghi performs cellulite reduction in our office, meaning that an operating room is not necessary, thus saving you time and cost. The treatment is performed under local anesthesia, with the option of a mild sedative, to support your comfort. If you choose local anesthesia alone, this means that only the treatment is numbed, so you will be able to drive yourself home afterward. If you choose to have a sedative, then you will need a responsible adult to drive you home.

Dr. Movassaghi begins by marking the specific dimples and areas of concern. After creating a very small incision, he uses the Avéli device to precisely target and release the fibrous bands causing the targeted cellulite dimples. He watches in real time as the dimples are released, an approach that allows for immediate, reliable improvement in skin smoothness. 


Typically completed within an hour, Avéli allows for a quick return to normal activities, usually within 24 – 48 hours. Side effects are minimal, with the most common being temporary mild pain and bruising. Post-procedure, patients are advised to wear a light compression garment for a few days and avoid strenuous activities to facilitate healing. 

Smoother skin, long-lasting results

You can expect to be enjoying your results about one month after the procedure, once any residual swelling or bruising have fully subsided. And results will last: clinical studies have demonstrated enduring cellulite reduction, with results assessed up to a year post-treatment.

Long-lasting, direct solution: Clinical studies demonstrate that the results from Avéli are durable, maintaining reduced cellulite appearance for an extended period.

Quick and minimally invasive: The procedure is quick, minimally invasive, and performed under local anesthesia, supporting patient comfort with minimal downtime.

Immediate results: Patients can see immediate improvement in skin smoothness.

High efficacy and safety: Avéli is FDA-cleared and is considered to be safe and effective in reducing cellulite.

Available from trusted plastic surgery experts: Aveli is performed in our office by Dr. Kiya Movassaghi, a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Personalized treatment plans: Each Avéli treatment is customized to the individual’s specific goals to promote optimal, satisfying results.

Cellulite: A common skin condition where the skin appears dimpled and lumpy, often seen in the thighs and buttocks, caused by the structure of fibrous connective tissue.

Collagen: A protein in the body’s connective tissues, crucial for skin elasticity and strength, often targeted in cosmetic treatments to improve skin appearance.

Cryolipolysis: A non-invasive body contouring treatment that uses controlled cooling to freeze and reduce fat cells in targeted areas of the body.

Energy-Based Devices: Medical devices that use various forms of energy (like radiofrequency, ultrasound, or laser) for aesthetic treatments, including skin tightening and fat reduction.

FDA-Cleared: Refers to a product or procedure that has been reviewed and cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Fibrous Bands (Septa): Connective tissue bands under the skin that can create dimpling or depressions, commonly known as cellulite, when they stiffen or shrink.

Injectable Treatments: Medical procedures involving the injection of substances (such as Botox or fillers) into the skin to reduce wrinkles, add volume, or alter facial contours.

Laser: A technology that emits a concentrated beam of light used in various medical procedures, including skin treatments, for precise and targeted results.

Local Anesthesia: A type of anesthesia used to numb a specific area of the body, allowing patients to be awake and comfortable during medical procedures.

Lymphatic Drainage: A therapeutic massage technique that promotes the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from tissues and supports immune function.

Minimally Invasive Procedure: A surgical technique involving small incisions and less bodily disruption, leading to quicker recovery times compared to traditional surgery.

QWO® (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes): An FDA-approved injectable treatment specifically designed for cellulite reduction, targeting fibrous bands beneath the skin to smooth out dimples. QWO’s manufacturer ceased production in 2023 citing a lack of commercial viability.

Real-Time Visualization: A technique used during procedures like Avéli, where the surgeon can see and adjust their actions as they occur, enhancing accuracy and effectiveness.

Septa: See Fibrous Bands (Septa).

Subcutaneous Tissue: The layer of tissue directly underneath the skin, consisting of fat and connective tissue.

Cost of Avéli treatment

The cost of Avéli treatment is determined by the extent of cellulite and whether it is performed as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with other body contouring surgeries. Dr. Movassaghi offers personalized consultations to create a treatment plan suited to each individual’s needs, where we provide a personalized fee quote.

Candidacy for Avéli

Ideal candidates for Avéli are women seeking a long-term solution for cellulite, who are in good overall health. Dr. Movassaghi will review your medical history and any medications you take to confirm that you can safely undergo the procedure.

Each treatment is tailored to your skin, your concerns, and your goals to effectively address the unique characteristics of cellulite in each patient.

A comprehensive approach to cosmetic body contouring

While Avéli specifically targets cellulite dimples, Dr. Movassaghi also offers an array of procedures for other body concerns, such as liposuction and CoolSculpting® to reduce fat. If you are looking for a holistic approach to body contouring and cellulite reduction, Dr. Movassaghi would be happy to meet with you to learn about your goals and then recommend the procedure plan that would best meet them. Avéli can also easily be added on to your surgical plan for just about any procedure—like tummy tuck, mommy makeover, or even breast augmentation—allowing you to consolidate the recovery period and enjoy more thorough results.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Movassaghi

With over two decades of experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Kiya Movassaghi is a Harvard-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon and President-Elect of The Aesthetic Society. Dr. Movassaghi combines his extensive experience, surgical expertise, and a deep understanding of aesthetic harmony to deliver optimal results. 

To explore your cellulite treatment options, schedule a consultation at our Eugene office by calling 541.686.8700 or contacting us online!

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Layt C. A Study of a Novel Controlled Focal Septa Release Method for Improving Cellulite. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open. 2022 Apr 8;10(4):e4237. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000004237. 

Avéli Precision Cellulite Release Device: Instructions for Use. Myaveli.com

How Aveli Works. Myaveli.com

Cellulite. Cleveland Clinic. 

Cellulite. Mayo Clinic.

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