If a person undergoes Cellfina to reduce cellulite and then gain or lose weight will the results change?

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That has not been studied but improvement in the appearance of cellulite with Cellfina treatments have lasted for over one year and are the result of releasing the fibrotic bands not change in fat volume so minor weight changes are not likely to not affect results.

Sacramento Dermatologic Surgeon
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Cellfina: affects of weight gain and weight loss

Cellfina: affects of weight gain and weight lossThere are no studies to my knowledge, but in general , changes in weight always affect fat collections, cellulite and laxity of skin.  This is true of liposuction or any cosmetic surgical and non surgical procedure.  These will also be affected by aging, pregnancy and other health issues that change the integrity of the skin and underling support structures.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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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
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Large fluctuations in weight due to lifestyle/diet/exercise/activity can absolutely affect the outcomes achieved by Cellfina.  Good candidates have and will maintain a relatively weight over time.

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Cellfina and weight loss or weight gain

This is not a fat reduction or removal technology.  This releases the bands between 6mm and 10mm beneath the surface of the skin.  I feel that the fat layer is relative undisturbed in the process.


Cellfina allows us to lyse the fibrous bands responsible for cellulite. It has been accompanied by good long term results. We advise patients to maintain their weight afterwards, being concerned that change in weight may adversely affect the results.

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If I undergo Cellfina to reduce cellulite and then gain or lose weight will my results change?

Substantial weight gain may place the skin retaining ligaments under increased tension and, therefore, produce NEW dimpling. There is only one truly effective and proven lasting cellulite treatment out there, and that is CELLFINA. All of the other lotions, potions, creams, treatments, radio frequency devices, including Cellulaze, are at best, mediocre, and, in many cases, completely worthless. Cellulaze is a laser-based procedure that has a much higher complication rate, as well as a much lower patient satisfaction rate, so that answer is pretty clear. CELLFINA is the only cellulite treatment that has a proven track record of 96% patient satisfaction at 2 years post treatment. Nothing else is even remotely as effective as Cellfina. I have attached a link to my website, explaining how this remarkable system works. There are patient testimonials and schematics reviewing the details of this remarkable breakthrough treatment. Also, Cellfina is a single session procedure that is done under local anesthesia with little to no pain! Thank you for your excellent question.

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The Cellfina procedure is a minimally invasive one that numbs the area around the dimple on your buttocks or thighs, and then treats the connective bands woven throughout the fat that pull down the skin, creating dimpling seen on the skin’s surface. The Cellfina cellulite procedure works by precisely treating these tethered bands, causing them to fully release. Similar to a rubberband under tension, once released, the treated skin bounces back to smooth itself out in as little as three days.

Weight gain or weight loss should not affect the outcomes and the results have been seen for over 2 years (if not more). It is truly a really exciting new technology that most women can benefit from.

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The Results Of Cellfina Should Not Be Affected By Weight Fluctuations

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 dimples and depressions of the buttocks and outer thighs. Once released, the cellulite should not re-occur in the treated area. As with all body contouring procedures, the goal should be maintenance of your weight through healthy lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise. Significant weight gain or loss may cause worsening of cellulite in untreated areas.  Minor weight fluctuations should not affect your results.  The results for Cellfina are long-lasting with an amazing two year patient satisfaction rate of 96%!  Cellfina is a relatively new technology and on going studies will further clarify the long term benefits of Cellfina.

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Cellfina improves cellulite by treating the dimples caused by connective tissue puckering the skin down into the fat. Dimples may look deeper or more shallow depending on whether the surrounding fat is thicker or thinner. Minor weight fluctuations associated with a change in the fat thickness should not affect the results of Cellfina. It is probably too soon to say for sure how large weight fluctuations would affect results. Similar to body contouring procedures, it is always advisable to maintain a healthy weight before and after these procedures. 

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