Can you have Cellfina performed on the WHOLE front of thighs and inner thighs?

The front of my thighs from knees upwards is dimply- visible when sun or light hits it (so not deep dimples but enough to not wear shorts). Can Cellfina be performed on the whole area??? Or is it just for specific dimples??

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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
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Cellfina is best for discrete lesions, NOT whole thigh

Cellfina treats dimple like lesions and should not be used as a "blanket" treatment for fine irregularities that area also considered cellulite.  Treating the WHOLE area is likely to result in skin irregularities and is not advised.  Treatment of the inner thighs is more likely to result in complications after the procedure due to the unique healing qualities of that area of the thigh.

Melanie D. Palm, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Pelleve for front of your thighs

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.  It is best used for dimples.

The waviness over the front of the thighs benefits more from skin tightening procedures.

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

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Cellfina is not as helpful for generalized waviness

Cellulite's appearance can vary from person to person.  Cellfina uses a device that helps cut and release the fibrous bands that can cause some of the more deeper, pronounced dimpling seen with cellulite.  The type of cellulite that causes generalized waviness as you are describing on the front of your thighs does not respond as well to this method of improving cellulite.  

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 121 reviews

Cellfina is also for thighs!

An initial consultation will determine whether or not you would be a candidate for Cellfina. Each dimple will be evaluated for treatment. Our experience has shown that the majority of dimples may be treated.

Kyle Song, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 28 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 not for wavy skin at front of thighs

Cellfina is indicated for treatment of specific fibrous bands causing the individual deep dimples of cellulite, most often on the buttocks and at the back and sides of the thighs. It is not meant for treatment of large, confluent areas of skin with superficial dimples or waviness. A few localized cellulite dimples may exist at the front of the thighs and may be safely included as part of a Cellfina procedure. Treatment of large areas at the front of the thighs for a generalized, wavy appearance would not be indicated however. This type of contour irregularity is more likely related to skin laxity and inelasticity and not to localized fibrous bands. Improper use of Cellfina in such a case could result in excessive bruising, hematoma formation and possibly worsening of skin sagging.
Rather, one of the many nonsurgical skin tightening procedures available today may be a better option for improvement of your condition.
I recommend that you have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who offers all of these procedures to determine which will be most appropriate for you.
Best of luck!
Dr. Polo

Max Polo, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Cellfina treats cellulite per dimple of the thighs and buttocks

Cellfina is not a treatment that can be delivered to a broad area to treat the cellulite within it. It is specifically targeting the individual dimples, but this is not to say that we don't treat widespread areas which have many focally treated sites of cellulite within the areas. The applicator is moved to the next dimple once the prior dimple is treated and they are often near each other, and then there may be larger distance away from these sites before one reaches the next group of dimples or a solitary dimple. But the normal skin that is between these cellulite dimples is not treated.

If one has a thigh that has so much cellulite that all the dimples are only separated by a half inch, or so, then all of them can be treated but it may mean a longer treatment session, or separating the treatment in different appointments. When treating larger numbers of dimples, the bruising and swelling may be greater.

The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice. The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 36 reviews


Cellfina is currently FDA approved only for the back of the thighs and the buttocks. It works by releasing the fibrous bands that cause cellulite dimpling, and is performed by precisely targeting specific dimples. Cellfina is best for specific, deep dimples, rather than an overall treatment of an entire area. There are other cellulite and skin tightening treatments available that may work better for your individual case; I recommend visiting a board certified dermatologist to find out what treatment option is best for you.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Cellfina Provides Long Term Improvement In Cellulite

Hello and thank-you for your question!

Cellfina has received FDA clearance for the treatment of cellulite of the buttocks and back of the thighs. Cellfina targets the fibrous bans 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. 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

Andrew T. Lyos, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

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