Treatment for cellulite; Would Cellfina work for me, and if not, what would help? (photo)

I have always been uncomfortable wearing shorts and swimsuits due to the cellulite on the back of my thighs, despite the fact that I am thin and fit and work out regularly. I've heard about Cellfina, which sounds promising, but read that it works for deep dimples, not "wavy" cellulite, which I think I have. 

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"Wavy" cellulite treatment

Cellfina does work best for deep dimples, and from your pictures only a few of the spots seem to be true dimples,  The rest of the horizontal lines may be due to a combination of skin laxity and superficial cellulite and normal skin tension lines.  You could consider skin tightening over the areas with  Exilis or Ultherapy and combining these treatments with Sculptra injections for any residual dimples of cellulite that remain after your skin treatments.

Good luck.



"Wavy" cellulite treatment

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Cellfina does work best for deep dimples, and from your pictures only a few of the spots seem to be true dimples,  The rest of the horizontal lines may be due to a combination of skin laxity and superficial cellulite and normal skin tension lines.  You could consider skin tightening over the areas with  Exilis or Ultherapy and combining these treatments with Sculptra injections for any residual dimples of cellulite that remain after your skin treatments.

Good luck.



Cellfina for wavy cellulite

Thank you for your question and posting your picture. You are correct in your assertion that Cellfina works best on dimples and must be used very cautiously on wavy lines. We have been using a combination of InModes FaceTtite hand piece and Sculptra to treat these areas with good success. We follow up with Venus Legacy treatments in the weeks following your initial treatment. FaceTite is a device which uses injectible radio-frequency (RF) energy beneath the skin by inserting a small probe. Another alternative is ThermiTight which is another form of injectible RF. Both devices helps to destroy fat and tighten the skin. I hope this was helpful - Dr. Moore. 

Cellfina for wavy cellulite

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Thank you for your question and posting your picture. You are correct in your assertion that Cellfina works best on dimples and must be used very cautiously on wavy lines. We have been using a combination of InModes FaceTtite hand piece and Sculptra to treat these areas with good success. We follow up with Venus Legacy treatments in the weeks following your initial treatment. FaceTite is a device which uses injectible radio-frequency (RF) energy beneath the skin by inserting a small probe. Another alternative is ThermiTight which is another form of injectible RF. Both devices helps to destroy fat and tighten the skin. I hope this was helpful - Dr. Moore. 

Treatment for cellulite and Waviness of skin

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

Treatment for cellulite and Waviness of skin

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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

Would Cellfina Work for Me?

The back of your thighs show significant waviness and cellulite. However, cellulite affects up to 85% of adult women and can be extremely difficult to #correct. Many treatments are ineffective or take multiple sessions to complete with very temporary results. In our practice , we perform Cellfina Platinum or Platinum Plus which uses other modalities include #Velashape3 and P-wave impulse therapy which in particular will improve your #thighs for long lasting results.

When used on #moderate to #severe cellulite of the buttock and thighs, Cellfina works by treating the rubber-band-like connective tissue that causes cellulite. When these “rubber bands” under the skin are cut, the fat trapped underneath in dimples “snaps” back into place, creating a full, smooth appearance.
There is no cutting and no incisions. To perform this controlled, precise, and safe procedure, a vacuum hand piece is placed over the dimpled tissue through which the surgeon will deliver a local anesthetic. Then a small, needle-like #microblade is inserted to release the fibrous bands, the cause of cellulite. Seek more information to learn if you are candidate for #Cellfina by consulting with a board-certified Plastic Surgeon.  

Would Cellfina Work for Me?

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The back of your thighs show significant waviness and cellulite. However, cellulite affects up to 85% of adult women and can be extremely difficult to #correct. Many treatments are ineffective or take multiple sessions to complete with very temporary results. In our practice , we perform Cellfina Platinum or Platinum Plus which uses other modalities include #Velashape3 and P-wave impulse therapy which in particular will improve your #thighs for long lasting results.

When used on #moderate to #severe cellulite of the buttock and thighs, Cellfina works by treating the rubber-band-like connective tissue that causes cellulite. When these “rubber bands” under the skin are cut, the fat trapped underneath in dimples “snaps” back into place, creating a full, smooth appearance.
There is no cutting and no incisions. To perform this controlled, precise, and safe procedure, a vacuum hand piece is placed over the dimpled tissue through which the surgeon will deliver a local anesthetic. Then a small, needle-like #microblade is inserted to release the fibrous bands, the cause of cellulite. Seek more information to learn if you are candidate for #Cellfina by consulting with a board-certified Plastic Surgeon.  

Improving Cellulite with Cellfina, Venus Legacy, Exilis Ultra, Sculptra, VASER

A combination approach would give the most improvement. Cellfina is the best treatment for cellulite, but it works best in combination with Sculptra, and body treatments like Exilis Ultra/Venus Legacy, Cellutone/z wave.  A VASER HI DEF procedure can be done for more contouring. See an expert for a formal evaluation. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Improving Cellulite with Cellfina, Venus Legacy, Exilis Ultra, Sculptra, VASER

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A combination approach would give the most improvement. Cellfina is the best treatment for cellulite, but it works best in combination with Sculptra, and body treatments like Exilis Ultra/Venus Legacy, Cellutone/z wave.  A VASER HI DEF procedure can be done for more contouring. See an expert for a formal evaluation. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 203 reviews

Would cellfina work for you?

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

Would cellfina work for you?

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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

Treating Cellulite with Cellfina

Cellfina is an excellent procedure to treat the root of cellulite to the buttock and thigh.  We have seen our best results when treating areas of isolated dimpling.  However, some cellulite that is being created by structural bands can certainly respond to the treatment on the posterior thigh. The best way to determine if Cellfina is the best treatment option for you is to schedule an in office consultation where your cellulite, skin texture and integrity can be best assessed!

Treating Cellulite with Cellfina

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Cellfina is an excellent procedure to treat the root of cellulite to the buttock and thigh.  We have seen our best results when treating areas of isolated dimpling.  However, some cellulite that is being created by structural bands can certainly respond to the treatment on the posterior thigh. The best way to determine if Cellfina is the best treatment option for you is to schedule an in office consultation where your cellulite, skin texture and integrity can be best assessed!

Improvement with Cellfina.

With an in person consultation, an experienced provider will be able to fully assess your needs, examine the quality and consistency of your tissue, and best determine the treatment course that will suit your needs. In our experience, Cellfina has been an excellent way to treat even stubborn cellulite on the buttocks and thighs, and the results routinely exceed the expectations of our patients and us. The most important thing is to book a consultation, get as much information as possible, and schedule a procedure when, and only when, you feel that you have found a practice that makes you feel comfortable, safe, and has your best interests at heart. Best of luck to you!

Improvement with Cellfina.

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With an in person consultation, an experienced provider will be able to fully assess your needs, examine the quality and consistency of your tissue, and best determine the treatment course that will suit your needs. In our experience, Cellfina has been an excellent way to treat even stubborn cellulite on the buttocks and thighs, and the results routinely exceed the expectations of our patients and us. The most important thing is to book a consultation, get as much information as possible, and schedule a procedure when, and only when, you feel that you have found a practice that makes you feel comfortable, safe, and has your best interests at heart. Best of luck to you!

Cellfina does help with "wavy" thigh dimpling.

We have been using our Cellfina device on thigh cellulite for several months now on women of different sizes as well as ethnicities. The linear depressions that appear on the thighs can definitely be improved if treated properly. We are now extending our thigh treatments into the lateral thighs to see how far around we can get improvement, and the early results are very promising. Obviously, nothing can be corrected 100% but we are seeing at least 75% reduction in linear depressions in all cases so far.

Cellfina does help with "wavy" thigh dimpling.

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We have been using our Cellfina device on thigh cellulite for several months now on women of different sizes as well as ethnicities. The linear depressions that appear on the thighs can definitely be improved if treated properly. We are now extending our thigh treatments into the lateral thighs to see how far around we can get improvement, and the early results are very promising. Obviously, nothing can be corrected 100% but we are seeing at least 75% reduction in linear depressions in all cases so far.

Cellulite treatment

Cellfina is best for dimpled cellulite on the posterior thigh and buttock.  The images you have shared are not best treated with Cellfina.

Cellulite treatment

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Cellfina is best for dimpled cellulite on the posterior thigh and buttock.  The images you have shared are not best treated with Cellfina.

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