Are Cellfina results permanent or is maintenance required?

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Lasts up to 1 year

Clinical trials resulted in significant improvement after one treatment with results lasting up to one year. The early studies suggest that the results may last much longer than that.

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Results are stable for over a year implying permanency, but the FDA indication is “long-term” unlike VelaShape where maintenance treatments were needed.

Suzanne Kilmer, MD
Sacramento Dermatologic Surgeon
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93% Patient Satisfaction at 3 years

Cellfina received updated FDA approval this week. At the 3 year point patient satisfaction was at 93% with the results of Cellfina and the overall appearance of cellulite. Our patients have seen improvement in appearance of cellulite in as little as 2 days following Cellfina. We are excited to be one of the first practices to offer this one of a kind treatment for cellulite in Massachusetts and all of New England.

Frank P. Fechner, MD
Worcester Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

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Cellfina results are generally permanent, unless you gain a significant amount of weight. It is the best option for cellulite that exists on the market today.

Justin Harper, MD
Columbus Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

How long do Cellfina results last

After a single Cellfina treatment, you should begin to see results in as little as three days. In the largest clinical trial yet, the patient satisfaction rate was 85% at three months, 94% at one year, and 96% at two years!

Kyle Song, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

How Long do Results Last?

The most recent studies has shown significant improvement shortly after one treatment, with results lasting at least two years- the longest FDA clearance for a cellulite treatment!

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Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Cellfina Results published 3 year Data

There are published results showing 96% patient satisfaction 3 years after one treatment.  No touch ups are necessary. Cellfina is a game-changer in terms of cellulite treatment. No other treatment comes close to the patient satisfaction data after one treatment with such an extended follow up.

Our results have been consistently above expectations, even 4 weeks after the treatment, with all of our patients being extremely happy.  We take pride in guiding our patients carefully in the pre- and post-procedure care necessary to make the Cellfina experience as comfortable and successful as possible.

We are excited to offer this cutting-edge treatment to the Central Texas area!

Ted Lain, MD
Austin Dermatologist
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews


While Cellfina is FDA approved with an indication for one year, the science behind Cellfina would suggest it would last much longer.  With Cellfina, the fibrous band between the skin and subcutaneous fat is cut so that the cellulite dimple is improved. 

John Burns, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 31 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

Cellfina results long term....

Thank you for your question.  Cellfina studies show long term effects with results out to 2 years.  It is thought the effect will persist much longer and may actually be permanent, this will require time to determine the true length of effect.  Regards, Dr. Matt Elias

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

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