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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Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

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
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 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
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About Treating Cellulite with Cellfina

Cellfina is the newest, most effective FDA approved technology available for treating cellulite. This one-time, minimally invasive procedure takes only 45 minutes to perform, but the results last for a minimum of two years. #Cellfina has the longest lasting results of any current #cellulite treatment. Its approval rate is over 93% here on RealSelf.
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. Results can be seen in as little as three days post-op. Most patients report some soreness, tenderness, and bruising, which should #resolve within a week. 90% of patients reported no bruising after one month. To ensure the best results, a compressive garment should be worn for 2 weeks post-treatment. The cost of Cellfina depends upon the size and number of areas being treated. The average patient may pay around $4000 for this one time procedure at our practice. Seek more information to learn if you are candidate for #Cellfina by consulting with a board-certified Plastic Surgeon.  

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Cellfina to front/inner thighs

Thank you for your question.

Cellfina is a great treatment for cellulite. True cellulite is more commonly seen on the posterior thighs and buttocks. While the inner thighs and front of thighs usually develop "wavy" skin from looseness of the tissues. Some patients will have true cellulite in these areas, therefore an in depth consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon will help you determine what treatment(s) are best for you.

Best Regards,
Dr. Stutman

Ross Stutman, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Cellfina for front of the thighs?

Hi Lucy,

Cellfina is the newest technology on the market that allows your dimples (cellulite) to be removed consistently by cutting the fibrous bands and releasing the dimpled skin. Yes, cellfina can be performed on the whole area, however I recommend consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon to make sure it is cellulite and not skin laxity. 

All the best,

Carlos Mata MD, MBA, FACS

Board-certified plastic surgeon

Carlos Mata, MD, MBA, FACS
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Cellulite on the whole front and inner thighs

Great question. Many people have your problem of wavy dimply skin on the front of their thighs.  Cellfina is specifically for actual dimples in the skin caused by fibrous cords that tether the skin down which is common on the buttocks and upper outer thighs. Some people do have dimples on fronts as well and they can be treated with cellfina. However, what you are describing sounds more like skin laxity. Skin laxity can be treated with a variety of skin tightening procedures. My favorite for this is Ultherapy which uses microfocused ultrasound and is very effective.

Quenby Erickson, DO, FAAD, FACMS
Chicago Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 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
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 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

Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

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