I would like to know the difference between Cellfina and Cellulaze treatment. I'm very confused on which one works the best

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Cellfina versus Cellulaze

Cellfina is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anesthesia which effectively treats cellulite. It is accompanied by a quick and painless recovery. Results 2-3 years after treatment are very good and accompanied by high rate of patient satisfaction. It appears to be a better treatment versus Cellulaze in terms of ease of treatment, recovery, results and patient satisfaction.

Cellfina vs Cellulaze

This is a great question. Cellfina is the newest FDA cleared treatment for cellulite. It specifically is used to treat the dimples on the buttocks and thighs by simply sharply releasing the cords that are creating the dimples. The result is seen almost immediately.  Aside from bruising, the recovery period is uncomplicated.  I ask that you minimize your workouts for a couple of weeks and to gradually increase your activity after that.  

Cellulaze is a laser that is passed under the skin which melts fat and heats the skin. This process is far more invasive with significant recovery and results are delayed for up to 6 or more months.  Heating the skin tightens the skin. Heating and lasering the skin in this way also increases the risk of burns which can cause permanent scarring, but this can be and has been a good treatment for people who need more than just dimples released.  

For a less invasive way of treating the both the dimples and tightening the skin which many people need, Cellfina can be combined with Ultherapy to tighten sagging or loose skin and Sculptra can also be used to improve contour and volume.  

Cellfina Offers Unique Benefits

Both Cellfina and Cellulaze are cleared by the FDA to reduce cellulite. That is essentially where the similarities end. In order to understand the differences in the 2 procedures, it's important to understand what causes cellulite. The dimpled skin that shows up mainly in the buttocks and thighs is caused by fibrous bands attached to the skin, pulling it down. Fat pushes through gaps between the bands, resulting in cellulite. Cellfina releases these attachments with tiny blades in a procedure that is minimally invasive and produces results within a few days. Cellulaze is a more invasive treatment that uses laser energy to sever the bands. Results take longer to appear, and the laser does pose more risk of complications than Cellfina. Additionally, Cellulaze is much more expensive in general than Cellfina. I hope this answer is helpful.

Cellulite, Vaser Smooth, Thermi RF, Cellfina, Fat Transfer, Cellulaze, Subcision, Dimpling, Sculpsure, Coolsculpting

Cellfina is an FDA approved minimally invasive procedure that reduces the appearance of cellulite for at least two years on the buttocks and back of the thighs of women.
It works by releasing the internal bands that cause the cellulite dimpling and so we have not seen any fat atrophy. You should not see much of a difference with weight gain or loss but this also has not been studied.
Other areas of the body with dimpling, it is important to make sure it is truly cellulite before treatment.

It is common to have swelling bruising and firmness after the procedure. This can last for a few weeks.
It is different than Cellulaze which is a laser.
If you have had previous poor results with cellulaze, you can still do Cellfina.
Cellfina has shown 100% noticeable improvement and 96% satisfaction in all patients at 2 years.
Cellfina is designed to be a one time procedure.
It can be used on women with all skin types but caution should be taken if theres a history of keloiding.

It can also be combined with other treatments such as Thermi or
Ulthera if skin tightening is needed.

We have done Sculpsure and Coolsculpting if fat reduction is wanted, but its best to wait 3 months to see the results before proceeding.

It can also be done at the same time as other procedures such as liposuction and BBL or as a stand alone procedure in the office.

Since Cellfina outcomes can be based on technique and experience, please see a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes body contouring to see if Cellfina or other treatments are available to meet your goals.

Take care,

Dr Schwartz
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute

Cellfina vs Cellulaze

Thank you for your question.  Cellfina is the real deal and mechanically disrupts the bands that are causing the dimple cellulite.  Cellulose is an older technology that uses heat to release the bands but it is less precise and nowhere near as effective as Cellfina as evidenced by the Reals Self Worth It scores!  Regards, Dr. Matt Elias

Matthew Elias, DO, FAAD
Fort Lauderdale Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews


Using Celfina this past week makes it more simple to discuss.   The areas of Cellulite to be treated are marked, after discussing the process, obtaining photos, and finalizing the plan the patient can be treated under local anesthesia in the office.  The patient can notice the results in as little as three days.  

Cellfina VS Cellulaze - which one is better and why?

Hello Emma and thank-you for your question!

Cellulaze has a Realself worth it rating of 66%. Cellfina has a Realself rating of over 90%!  Cellfina is the latest break through for the treatment of cellulite. We are seeing an extremely high level of satisfaction for our patients treated with Cellfina. The investigational studies for Cellfina have just been released and have shown an impressive patient satisfaction rate of 85% at 3 months, 94% at one year and 96% at 2 years. Cellfina targets the fibrous bands which are the source of the dimpling in cellulite. It is most effective for the treatment of dimples and depressions of the buttocks and outer thighs. Our patients have seen exceptional results! Cellfina is a minimally invasive treatment performed in the office. No sedation or general anesthesia is required.The procedure is a minimally invasive with essentially no or very little downtime. Our patients note some soreness for a couple of days but are able to returned to work the next day after the procedure. There is generally some swelling and bruising. The bruising may take up to 3 weeks to resolve if there are a large number of dimples released. This is a very exciting solution for the many women who suffer from the embarrassment of cellulite.

Best Regards, Andrew Lyos, MD, FACS

Andrew T. Lyos, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

I would like to know the difference between Cellfina and Cellulaze treatment. I'm very confused on which one works the best

The main difference between the two treatments is that Cellfina works and leaves 96% of patients satisfied after 2 years! There is only one truly effective and proven lasting cellulite treatment out there, and that is CELLFINA. All of the other lotions, potions, creams, treatments, radio frequency devices, including Cellulaze, are at best, mediocre, and, in many cases, completely worthless. Cellulaze is a laser-based procedure that has a much higher complication rate, as well as a much lower patient satisfaction rate, so that answer is pretty clear. CELLFINA is the only cellulite treatment that has a proven track record of 96% patient satisfaction at 2 years post treatment. Nothing else is even remotely as effective as Cellfina. I have attached a link to my website, explaining how this remarkable system works. There are patient testimonials and schematics reviewing the details of this remarkable breakthrough treatment. Also, Cellfina is a single session procedure that is done under local anesthesia with little to no pain! Thank you for your good question.

Steven M. Gitt, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Cellulite dimples treated by Cellfina, ThermiTight or Cellulaze

There's not one study of which I'm aware that has compared physical treatments of cellulite.  Cellfina reduces the indentations of cellulite by breaking up the vertical attachments to the skin. ThermiTight delivers underneath the skin, radiofrequency energy to tighten the tissues, and can even melt fatty prominences. Even after three years, patients have demonstrated continued improvement in cellulite reduction after ThermiTight.  Cellulaze uses a heat generating laser which is supposed to be an addition to its ability to do liposuction. There was a lot of media hype about this procedure a couple of years ago. 
All of these procedures may have a role in reducing cellulite but further studies are needed to determine their respective efficacies.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Cellfina versus Cellulaze

Great question. In our practice, we have had experience with both devices. Cellulaze is a technology that heats the dermis, releasing fibers to the skin during a longer procedure that can take a couple of hours. Cellfina is a new technology that cuts the fibers with a non-heated blade under each dimple. This treats the type of cellulite with deeper dimples, releasing the fibers for at least 2 or more years. In less than an hour, the procedure is completed. Most people can return to activities then next day. We have seen some excellent, more reproducible results and improvement with cellulite since we have started using Cellfina.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 139 reviews

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