Is Cellfina effective?

I am 5'4" 130lbs with severe cellulite (deep dimpling) on my buttocks and outer thighs. Would you recommend Cellfina?

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Cellfina does not discriminate!

Hello! It sounds like you would be a great candidate for Cellfina. Fortunately, Cellfina does not discriminate against age, weight, depth of dimples or number of dimples you may have. We have treated 40+ dimples in one treatment session and our patients have seen excellent results. Learn more about the treatment at our website linked below.

Worcester Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Is Cellfina effective? The answer is yes.

Thanks for your question! It sounds like you would be a great candidate for a Cellfina treatment. Cellfina is the only FDA-cleared, minimally invasive, one-time treatment that is clinically proven to improve the appearance of those cellulite dimples you’re describing. In addition, long term results from clinical studies achieved results up to 3 years longer than any other treatment. I would definitely recommend this treatment but I highly suggest having an in-person consultation with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to assess your situation fully!

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Cellfina is effective

Cellfina is the only FDA cleared device for the treatment of cellulite dimples with results lasting up to three years.  This procedure is best for those dimples we get on our buttocks as well as the outer thighs, and it sounds like you would be a good candidate. It’s a great option because in a single treatment you can see at least 50-80% improvement of those unwanted deep dimples. Be sure to consult with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has extensive training and experience to ensure you get the best results.

Sabrina Fabi, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 83 reviews

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Cellfina Candidate

Thank you for your question.  Yes, it sounds like you would be a great candidate for Cellfina treatment.  85% of all women regardless of weight are unfortunately plagued with cellulite. The formation of cellulite is caused by contracting and stiffening fibrous septae bands that connect dermis to underlying tissue – which in turn creates the dimples associated with cellulite.  Cellfina permanently cuts these bands which releases the tension and eliminates the dimpling.  The results of Cellfina have been shown to last three years after treatment, which is how long Cellfina has been available.  The study is ongoing so I would expect that patients will continue to be pleased with their results much longer than 3 years.  Depending on how many dimples you have, you may require more than one treatment as up to 40 dimples may be treated during each treatment.  I would recommend consulting with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has extensive training and experience in this modality for optimal results.

Kristine Romine, MD
Phoenix Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

A Minimally Invasive But Effective Cellulite Treatment

Cellfina is the newest, most effective FDA approved technology available for treating cellulite. This one-time, minimally invasive procedure takes only 45 minutes to perform, but the results last for a minimum of two years. #Cellfina has the longest lasting results of any current #cellulite treatment. Its approval rate is over 93% here on RealSelf.

Used 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. Seek more information to learn if you are candidate for #Cellfina by consulting with a board-certified Plastic Surgeon.  

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Cellfina Effectiveness

Cellfina is a great treatment for true cellulite.  True cellulite is the dimpling in the skin caused by fibrous bands that pull on the undersurface of the skin.  Cellfina directly releases those bands and allows the skin to smooth out.  Results are obvious within a few days after the procedure and the results continue to improve as the healing process continues.  At this point the results appear to be stable for 3 years after treatment. 

Jeff T. Healy, MD
Oahu Island Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 104 reviews

Is Cellfina effective?

Cellfina is the newest FDA approved device used to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Based on your description it sounds like you will be a great candidate. Cellfina works  by cutting the fibrous bands and releasing the dimpled skin making the skin even. I recommend to have an in-person consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

All the best,

Carlos Mata MD, MBA, FACS

Board-certified plastic surgeon

Carlos Mata, MD, MBA, FACS
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Seems like you will be a perfect candidate for Cellfina!

You have describe cellulite changes consisting mainly of dimples, which is the main indication for the use of Cellfina. The procedure is done under local, without the need for anesthesia, and there is no downtime. Most women go on to their normal routine the day after. Most of my patients do well with Tylenol for discomfort if present during the first 24 hours after the treatment.

There is new data released last month by the FDA showing 93% satisfaction rate with the results at 3 years from the procedure.  

Areas most commonly treated include: Buttocks, Posterior Thighs, Lateral Thighs, and Anterior Thighs.

Cellfina can be combined with other treatments such as:

1. Ultherapy (for skin tightening)

2. Scultpra (to smooth out very deep dimples after release with Cellfina)

3. Fat Grafting

4. Liposcution

Hope this was helpful. Good luck!

Jose Rodríguez-Feliz, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Cellfina effectiveness

I recommend an in person consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.  If a patient is the right candidate, Cellfina results are amazing. Cellfina works by releasing the fibrous septae bands that create dimpling on the buttocks and legs.  In consultations with my patients I review their specific health history, dietary, exercise and hydration habits, and hormonal history to ensure they are the right candidate.  We have had great results with our Cellfina patients.  Good Luck! 

Laurie A. Casas, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 90 reviews


Cellfina is a FDA approved device used to reduce the appearance of cellulite.  We have seen great success with Cellfina treatments in our practice, and we attribute that to an effective device as well as our commitment to choosing patients that are good candidates.  Because different kinds of cellulite exist, we must evaluate which type of cellulite exists to determine if Cellfina would be the best treatment option.  Cellfina is effective in treating primary cellulite, which is deep dimpling occurring from the result of fibrous bands pulling down on the skin.  Cellfina uses minimally invasive technology to cut the bands and release that tension, thus smoothing the appearance of the skin.  If skin laxity and textural irregularity is the main issue and no fibrous bands exist, we typically recommend fat reduction/skin tightening since there are no fibrous bands to address.  Only through an in person consultation will you be able to determine what your best treatment options will be.  For patients with deep dimpling and primary cellulite, we have found Cellfina very effective in improving contour.

M. Bradley Calobrace, MD, FACS
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

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