Cellfina before or after Body Lift for Cellulite? (photos)

I am planning on having a Body Lift procedure to help with loose skin from weight loss & help with dimpled skin appearance from cellulite on outer thighs & buttocks. I really want to try to get rid of the dimpled look on my thighs & buttocks. I know it won't look perfect but I would like any bit of help. I've read that Cellfina is the best procedure for cellulite, therefore would it be more beneficial to go thru Cellfina procedure before or after body lift? Or if I should even have Cellfina.

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Are you sure you need a body lift?

Your photos show that you have a lovely overall shape with just a scattering of dimples over your buttocks and thighs. As a woman, I would seriously warn you to re-consider not doing a body lift. This will leave a PERMANENT scar across your lower back that will stretch over time. Treating your cellulite with Cellfina will remove almost all of your buttock and thigh dimples without any scars. Then you can consider small touch-ups with liposuction to smooth out residual irregularities. Please...don't commit to that huge operation without a second opinion.

Saint Petersburg Plastic Surgeon
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Cellfina before or after body surgery

Cellfina before or after body surgeryIn my opinion body tightening should be done first then Cellfina, We prefer Cellfina Platinum which includes the use of other skin tightening non surgical resources

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Body Lift and Cellfina Provide Improvement in Skin laxity and Cellulite

Hello and thank-you for your question and photos.I would recommend having a body lift as the first procedure.  You will notice a significant improvement in the cellulite with the improvement of skin laxity provided by the body lift.  You can have Cellfina  as a secondary procedure to improve any residual cellulite.  I would recommend a consultation with a board certified Plastic Surgeon in your area. Best regards,Andrew Lyos MD, FACS

Andrew T. Lyos, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Cellphina Surgery Beverly Hills

Hello and thank you for the question.I would recommend having the lower body lift performed first, as this may create a modest improvement to the baseline cellulite.  Following a period of adequate healing ( 4 months ), it would be reasonable to proceed to the Cellphina procedure for management of your cellulite.Warmest Regards,Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS

Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Lower Body Lift before or after Cellfina

In my opinion, I would have your Body Lift done first, and then treat the remaining cellulite with Cellfina, as most offices charge per dimple. You may need less of an area treated afterwards. Good luck!
#bodylift  #saggingskin #cellulilte

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Cellfina before or after Body Lift for Cellulite?

I would suggest that you have your lower body lift first. As you can see, there should be some improvement  in the appearance of the cellulite following that procedure. After you have fully healed from the lower body lift, then I would consider a Cellfina procedure. Good luck!

Keith Hodge, MD
Leawood Plastic Surgeon
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Cellfina or body lift?

You demonstrate nicely by lifting your own skin what a body lift procedure should do for you. I think you would be best served by undergoing the body lift first. Best to undergo an in person evaluation and discuss these options in detail with someone experienced in body lifts and Cellfina.

Paul M. Parker, MD, FACS
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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Cellfina candidate with BBL

I do Cellfina on the same day as BBLs. I suggest asking your physician if this is a possible treatment option. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Would be appropriate to have Cellfina done prior to a body lift.  A body lift surgery is a significant surgical procedure with prolonged recovery.


Happy Holidays!!

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


Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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