Cellfina developed by the Ulthera company? Does it really work?

I had Ulthera (same company making Cellfina afaik?) done on my face in 2012 and was promised awesome results. Ulthera did ZERO to tighten my skin. Forgive me for being skeptical about Cellfina, but is it really as good as it says? Does Cellfina work on sides of thighs and front of thighs too as well as butt and back thighs? I am a slim, in shape 46 yr old who weighs 115 pounds and have been plagued by cellulite from the time of puberty, it seems to be genetic for me.

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Does Cellfina work

HOW SOON WILL I SEE IMPROVEMENT? Results are typically seen in as little as three days and will last two or more years. Studies show 85% of patients were satisfied at three months after treatment, 94% at one year, and 96% at two years. Cellfina™ patient satisfaction surpasses other leading cellulite treatments.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Cellfina is an effective treatment for cellulite

It is unfortunate that Ultherapy did not acheive the results that you were looking for.  It is a very different therapy from Cellfina.  Ultherapy uses high intensity focused ultrasound to create skin tightening by stimulating collagen renewal.  It is very technique dependent and not everyone is a good candidate for Ultherapy, but we have seen very good results with Ultherapy in our clinic.  Ultherapy and Cellfina were developed by 2 different companies, both of which were purchased by Merz, which also owns the fillers Radiesse and Belotero, and the neuromodulator Xeomin.

Cellfina is the first device to really offer long-lasting correction of cellulite by utilizing vacuum suction to isolate the targeted cellulite dimples and grooves, and smoothing them out by releasing the fibrotic bands that are responsible for creating the appearance of cellulite.  It is very different from past cellulite treatments in that it doesn't utilize energy to tighten the skin to temporarily relieve the appearance of cellulite.  Cellfina is a minimally invasive device that targets these fibrotic bands, which are the root cause of cellulite.  The response and satisfaction rate for the procedure has been very high with 96% of patients being satisfied 2 years after the treatment.

Narin (Joe) Apisarnthanarax, MD
Houston Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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

Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

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Cellfina vs Ulthera

Thank you for your question.  Cellfina was developed by another company and then purchased by Ulthera which was subsequently purchased by Merz.  Cellfina works by a wholly different mechanism of action, mechanical disruption of the fibrous bands that cause dimple cellulite as opposed to ultrasound to generate deep heat and areas of thermal destruction like Ulthera.  Cellfina has had amazing results in our experience as long as you are the correct candidate and this is also evidenced by the 96% satisfaction at 2 years and RealSelf 94% WorthIt rating.  Regards, Dr. Matt Elias

Matthew Elias, DO, FAAD
Fort Lauderdale Dermatologic Surgeon
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Does Cellfina work?

Cellfina works by a very different technology than Ulthera although both are now owned by the same parent company. We are the first plastic surgery practice in New Jersey to have Cellfina and have been impressed with the ease of its treatment and quality of its results.

Paul M. Parker, MD, FACS
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Cellfina highly effective for dimple cellulite with single treatment

Cellfina is vastly different from Ulthera.  Cellfina causes mechanical disruption, severing the connective tissue ties that tether the skin dimples of cellulite to the fat layer below.  Ulthera uses ultrasound energy to warm soft tissue, causing new collagen growth.  The two processes are independent of one another.  If you have dimple like lesions of cellulite on the buttocks and thighs and are otherwise a good candidate, it is likely Cellfina would be highly effective for your cellulite.

Melanie D. Palm, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Cellfina, efficacy, and treatment area

Cellfina is a marked improvement on the technique of subcision, a surgical technique to divide the vertical bands that cause cellulite dimpling.  Cinical trials have shown marked improvement of cellulite dimples and are associated with very high patient satisfaction rates.  Cellfina is recommended for treatment of the buttocks, posterior, and lateral thighs.  Ultherapy treatments are operator dependent but have shown remarkable results in lifting the brow, tightening the submental area of the neck, and the lateral cheeks and jowls.  The focused ultrasound results in increased collagen formation, tightening of connective tissue that is under the skin, and an overall rejuvenating effect on the face.   Results with Ulthera are sometimes subtle and comparison of pretreatment pictures with the current state may be necessary to realize the improvement. 

F. True Lansden, MD
Key West Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Cellfina Works on Cellulite

It is true that Cellfina is now owned by Merz, who also offers Ulthera, but it was invented by another company.  It was purchased in 2014.  Cellfina was initially FDA cleared for treatment of cellulite in 2015 with a 1 year indication.  However, on further follow up and lasting results with extremely high patient satisfaction (96% at 2 years), the FDA has extended their indication to 2 year longevity.  This speaks very highly to the efficacy and patient satisfaction that Cellfina has.

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 65 reviews


Cellfina is a minimally invasive treatment for Cellulite.  You use an opening the size of a needle stick to place local anesthesia in the area of the dimple or linear depression you want to remove and then realizing using the Celfina device.  It is very straight forward.  the length of the procedure is determined by your exam and the number of release performed.

Cellfina Provides A Long-Term Solution For Cellulite

Hello and thank-you for your question!

Cellfina is the latest break though for the treatment of cellulite. Cellfina targets the fibrous bands which are the source of the dimpling in cellulite. It is most effective for the treatment of deep dimples and depressions of the buttocks and back of the thighs. It is less effective in the treatment of generalized waviness. Cellfina is a minimally invasive treatment performed in the office. 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. This is a very exciting solution for the many women who suffer from the embarrassment of cellulite.

Cellfina has received FDA clearance for the treatment of cellulite of the buttocks and back of the thighs. We are currently limiting our treatments to these areas. It is less effective for treatment of generalized waviness seen with skin laxity. With time, further studies will be completed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Cellfina in other areas.

Best Regards, Andrew Lyos, MD, FACS

Andrew T. Lyos, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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