Can you do Cellfina on inner thighs and front of thighs?

Is it an all over leg and butt remedy or just the back of thighs and butt!?

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Cellfina best for back and side of thighs

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Cellfina is FDA-cleared for the treatment of dimple like cellulite of the buttocks and thighs.  Typically, ideal dimpling for treatment in the thigh region is on the back and lateral (outside) of the thighs.  The inner thigh skin does not contract as readily as other regions and I would approach that area with caution.  The banana roll area (area of back of thigh just under the buttocks) is also an area that should be approached with extreme caution or irregularities may result.  Well chosen dimple like cellulite spots on the front of the thigh can be successfully treated with Cellfina.

San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon


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Cellfina has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of cellulite on the thighs and buttocks. Results in patients followed over 2-3 years have been very good with a high degree of patient satisfaction.

Cellfina for Front and Inner Thigh

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Cellfina has been approved by both the FDA and Health Canada as a minimally invasive procedure to treat cellulite dimples on the buttocks, as well as lateral and posterior thighs.  It has not been approved for anterior or inner thighs.  Similar to many other procedures that are used off label (Botox has only been approved for use around the eyes, forehead and frown lines, but is used off-label many other areas of the face), your doctor may feel that you are a good candidate for off label use of Cellfina.  Your surgeon will discuss risks and benefits of use of Cellfina in other areas.  

Cellfina is for dimples

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Cellfina is FDA cleared for the treatment of dimples associated with cellulite on the buttocks and thighs. Typically that kind of cellulite is on the outer and posterior thighs.  Other areas of the thighs are more prone to saggy skin which can be treated with skin tightening. In my office I use Ultherapy for that.

I hope that helps!

Dr. Quenby Erickson

Cellfina Treatment Areas

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Cellfina is FDA approved to treat the appearance of cellulite for at least 2 years.  Cellfina is a great treatment option for primary cellulite, which is the result of fibrous bands pulling down on the skin and creating a dimpled appearance.  Cellfina uses a mechanical device to release these bands and create an improved contour.  Primary cellulite typically occurs in the buttocks and on the upper back and side of thighs.  These areas are typically more responsive to Cellfina.  The inner thighs and front of thighs typically show secondary cellulite, which is the result of textural irregularity and skin laxity.  Here, there are no fibrous bands to treat, which means Cellfina is not typically an effective treatment.  When patients come to our office with concerns of inner thighs and front of thighs, we usually recommend a non-invasive body contouring treatment that uses radiofrequency heat.  These devices are able to eliminate a small amount of fat, as well as tighten the overlying skin.  Patients who suffer from both primary and secondary cellulite may require both procedures to see optimal results.  Only through an in person consultation can you and your provider determine which treatment is best for you.

Cellfina on inner thighs and front of thighs

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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

Cellfina treatment Inner Thighs

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Patient selection and very careful attention to detail are essential for best results. Our own experience in treating these areas has been excellent.  

Kyle Song, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 40 reviews


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Currently, Cellfina is FDA approved for posterior thighs and buttocks. If you have cellulite throughout your entire leg, you may want to consider Velashape III for the other areas.#Cellfina #Cellulitethighs

Cellulite, Vaser Smooth, Thermi RF, Cellfina, Fat Transfer, Cellulaze, Subcision, Dimpling, Sculpsure, Coolsculpting

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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 FDA cleared for more than two years improvement in cellulite on buttocks and thighs

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Although initially FDA cleared for posterior thighs, Cellfina can legally be used by physicians on anterior thighs and other areas.  More information of long term results are needed to compare the results of Cellfina with those of ThermiTight and other treatments such as Cellulaze.

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 38 reviews

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