So Cellfina works only on a certain type of cellulite? Are there other options to be used in combination with Cellfina?

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Cellfina targets ALL types of cellulite

There is only one type of cellulite - and it is caused by fibrous bands in the buttocks and thighs of women. Cellfina can correct all of these cases. If you have sagging skin on the front of the thighs then this is not actually cellulite and should not be treated with Cellfina. Many women also have a "banana roll" in the upper posterior thigh. We like to combine liposuction of this area with Cellfina treatment of the dimpled areas to get the best overall results.

Saint Petersburg Plastic Surgeon
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Cellulite Treatment Options

Cellfina addresses primary cellulite, which is a result of fibrous bands pulling down on the skin and creating a dimpled appearance.  Cellfina is a minimally invasive treatment that uses a mechanical device to cut the band and release the tension, thus improving the contour of the skin.  Secondary cellulite is the result of textural irregularity, where the skin appears dimpled due to tissue laxity rather than fibrous bands.  Secondary cellulite does not respond to Cellfina, because there are no fibrous bands to target.  Our practice treats secondary cellulite with non-invasive body contouring treatments that utilize radiofrequency heat to reduce fatty tissue and tighten skin.  Of course, this does not yield a surgical result but does provide a great option for patients who want improved contour with minimal downtime.  We recommend an in person consultation with your provider before proceeding with any procedure to ensure the treatment is targeting the cause of cellulite. 

M. Bradley Calobrace, MD, FACS
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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What is Cellfina?

Your cellulite problem is a common one. Fortunately, finally there are effective ways to minimize this problem. Perhaps the least invasive one is  Cellfina™. Cellfina is the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive, one-time procedure clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least two years—the longest FDA-cleared duration for a cellulite treatment. A straightforward solution to cellulite, Cellfina™, combines a proven approach with innovative, proprietary technology, to produce precise, long-lasting results and has a high satisfaction rating on RealSelf. Together with Velashape 3, a non invasive procedure to help "shrink wrap the skin" and further minimize cellulite as a combination treatment is perhaps your best chance for taking care of this tough problem. Cellulaze is also a possible treatment but much more invasive

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Hi and thanks for the question. While Cellfina works well, certainly, by it self, you are not receiving a complete treatment to address the cellulite. When combined with micro needling, fat transfer and/or Sculptra treatments, the results, in our experience, is unparalleled to Cellfina treatments alone. 

Best of luck, Dr. Vallecillos 

Glenn Vallecillos, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Cellulite -- Vaser Smooth, ThermiRF, Cellfina, Fat Transfer, Subcision

Cellfina breaks up the tissue that causes dimpling in cellulite. I like to combine it with thermiRF with thermage or ultherapy to tighten skin. I also inject sculptra to get more collagen. Sometimes a VASER hi def treatment is needed with fat grafting to improve the cellulite. Vanquish and Cellutone can also help. Please see a 4D contouring physician. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Cellfina combined with a small amount of ft grafting can be very effective in treating both cellulite but contour abnormalities resulting from multiple deep deep depressions or other previous treatments like liposuction.

Cellulite Treatments

Thank you for your question. Cellfina can be an excellent treatment for true dimples but if the skin has laxity then tissue tightening treatments may be beneficial in combination with Cellfina. Injectable fillers or fat grafting may be an option as well depending on candidacy. The only way to determine candidacy is an in person consultation. Best wishes.

Kathleen Morno, MD
Highland Park Physician
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Cellfina platinum for best results in cellulite treatments

cellfina platinum for best results in #cellulite treatmentswe prefer to add other treatements including RF , infra red, massage and Ultrasound  to get the best results.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Cellfina for cellulite

Cellfina was approved by the FDA for treatment of cellulite on the buttocks and posterior thighs. It can be used in other areas if true cellulite is present. Obtain an evaluation by a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist experienced in Cellfina. They can determine if you have cellulite and Cellfina is appropriate for you.

Cellfina/Cellulite Treatment/Ultherapy/Thermi RF/Body Contouring/ Hi Definition Procedures

Thank you for your question.  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



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