Cellfina continues to improve daily?

How does Cellfina continue to Improve after cutting the dimples free? Once it's free shouldn't the dimples be immediately gone? Do the septae bands die slowly and set free? Or is it just the bruising and swelling disappearing that changes aver the next few months?

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Cellfina/Cellulite Treatment/Ultherapy/Thermi RF/Body Contouring/ Hi Definition Procedures

Thank you for your question.

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



Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews


Treatment with the Cellfina System involves releasing (cutting) the tethering bands underneath the skin that cause dimpling. After the procedure, there is an initial period of swelling. Fluid accumulation occurs and is a normal response as new tissue is being formed. As the body heals, results improve and patient satisfaction increases. The skin will appear smoother in as little as three days. To see how Cellfina can help you, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers this state-of-the-art technology. Good luck in your research!

Jerome H. Liu, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Cellfina gets better and better

You ask a very insightful question. Once the septa are cut the release is instant and probably permanent. However, there is swelling of the tissue for days to weeks. Also, the tissue above and below the cuts may shift slightly as it heals back together which may result in slight changes from day to day. Once the healing is complete, however, the results are fantastic.

Diana L. Elias, MD
Saint Petersburg Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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Cellfina directly releases the bands that cause the dimpling cellulite.  There will be some swelling and bruising which will usually resolve within two weeks.  As the swelling goes away the contour in the treated area will improve.  Most of our patients begin to see results within three days after the procedure.  The body will produce collagen in the treated areas and this is what provides the long term gradual improvement.  It is very impressive to see the patient satisfaction rates increase as time passes, with satisfaction at 2 years after treatment at 96%.    

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It works on those bands immediately.  The depressions if they are relatively deep may or may not completely resolve after the treatment.  I have added small amounts of fat graft to these areas to improve contours.

Cellfina improvement

Cellfina improvementUsed on moderate to severe cellulite of the buttock and thighs, Cellfina works by treating the rubber-band-like connective tissue that causes cellulite. When these “rubber bands” under the skin are cut, the fat trapped underneath in dimples “snaps” back into place, creating a full, smooth appearance. There is no cutting and no incisions. To perform this controlled, precise, and safe procedure, a vacuum hand piece is placed over the dimpled tissue through which the surgeon will deliver a local anesthetic. Then a small, needle-like microblade is inserted to release the fibrous bands, the cause of cellulite. Results can be seen in as little as three days post-op. Most patients report some soreness, tenderness, and bruising, which should resolve within a week. 90% of patients reported no bruising after one month. To ensure the best results, a compressive garment should be worn for 2 weeks post-treatment.

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Cellfina continues to improve...

Thank you for your question.  Cellfina yields both immediate and continuing results that are remarkably long lasting and highly effective.  Once the bands are cut you will notice immediate improvement typically within 3 days, this will continue to improve as the swelling subsides over the next 2-4 weeks.  Additionally, once post Cellfina 3-6 months new collagen will be stimulated and you will see even further improvement.  The studies are out 3 years for efficacy now however it is thought this is a permanent treatment and will resolve the dimples forever.  Regards, Dr. Matt Elias

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Recovery after Cellfina

During the Cellfina procedure we cut the fibrous bands responsible for cellulite allowing the skin to resume its normal position immediately. As with any procedure, some swelling and bruising occur which resolves progressively over time.

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Thank you for your question. The bands are cut during the procedure and the skin is free to return to a smooth surface. Immediately after the procedure expect some bruising and swelling which usually resolves within 2 weeks. We have seen excellent results in as early as 3 days post Cellfina and the results continue to improve as the body heals and new collagen is formed. 

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