I'm 54 and have cellulite all over my thighs.

I've noticed especially in the last 2 years my thighs have become riddled with cellulite. It's so embarrassing. Can this treatment help minimize cellulite and dimpling?

Doctor Answers 11

SculpSure vs. Cellfina

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SculpSure is best for eliminating stubborn pockets of fat, permanently. This, however, is different from cellulite. Cellfina is a treatment specifically designed for eliminating cellulite. Hope this helps.


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Thank you for your question. SculpSure treats the subcutaneous fat cells, heating them, and prompting the body to dispose of them. It can melt up to 25% of your belly or flank fat within 1 25-minute in-office procedure. An in-person consultation is key to determining your candidacy for SculpSure but, in short, ideal candidates are healthy men and women who are struggling with isolated pockets of stubborn fat. I suggest that you move forward and consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon.

Best wishes,

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Cellfina/Cellulite Treatment/Ultherapy/Thermi RF/Body Contouring/ Hi Definition Procedures

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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



You need Cellulaze not Sculpsure

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Sculpsure will reduce fat but is not going to significantly impact your cellulite.

see a PS who does Cellulaze (laser by Cynosure) 

david berman md

Cellulite of the thighs and Sculpsure

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Sculpsure is a fat reduction procedure and is not indicated for treatment of cellulite.   Cellulite forms from bands of fibrous tissue that tether the skin to the subcutaneous layers and create dimpling.  Fat reduction will diminish the appearance of cellulite but not break the fibrous bands that cause it in the first place. 

SculpSure and Cellulite

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Unfortunately SculpSure cannot improve cellulite, however if the area has enough fatty tissue available to be treated with SculpSure, the overall appearance of cellulite would be improved. Many women have cellulite regardless of size, however where weight loss is possible, cellulite will become less obvious and SculpSure is a great option to help lose that extra fat and build confidence. 

Dennis Gross, MD
New York Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 11 reviews


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Cellulite is dimpling of the skin. The sculpture laser spares the skin and destroys the fat cells membrane. So the sculpture does not improve cellulite. The celfina device and the venus legacy are 2 devices that improve cellulite.

Robert M. Wald, Jr., MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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The Cellulite Solution--Combination Approach, Cellfina, Venus Legacy, Cellutone, VASER Hi Def

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Cellulite itself needs treatment with cellfina, sculptra, and body treatments like venus legacy/exilis ultra, cellutone/z wave. If contouring is needed as well then a VASER HI DEF procedure can be done. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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SculpSure does not improve cellulite

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Cellulite or irregular skin contour usually of the buttocks and thighs is not improved or changed with SculpSure.  SculpSure uses a laser to destroy subcutaneous fat cells, but will not help with cellulite.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Consider Cellulaze vs. SculpSure

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Thanks for your question. SculpSure is designed to permanently destroy fat in the upper/lower abdomen and flanks. If you are struggling with cellulite, you may want to consider cellulaze as that specifically targets cellulite and has shown long-lasting results. SculpSure has not been FDA-approved for the thighs, and there is no guarantee whether or not it would improve cellulite despite it having a tightening effect. Please visit a board certified doctor to discuss Cellulaze and other options that may be available. Best, Dr. Katz


Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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