I am looking for a "real" cellulite, leg smoothing and toning solution.

I had candela liposuction in 2008/9 to rid the small dimples I had above my knees. As a result, the surgery caused much more dimpling on my entire leg. I want to wear shorts and mini skirts again. My height and weight is 5'7" 145lbs. I want something that really works!! Suggestions?

Doctor Answers 5

Cellulite treatment is best for localized dimpling

Dimpling that involves the entire leg is most likely due to diffuse laxity of the skin. This is usually age-related but can be exacerbated by prior over-suctioning. Cellulite treatments, such as Cellfina, can correct "true" dimpling over the buttocks and upper thighs with excellent long-term results. Unfortunately, at this time there is no reliable existing way to tighten up the skin of the entire leg.


Saint Petersburg Plastic Surgeon
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Cellfina for Cellulite Reduction

Thank you for your question. Cellfina is the only FDA cleared, minimally invasive procedure clinically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite for results that last at least two years. It works by treating the structural cause of cellulite which is the bands woven throughout the fat causing them release and remove dimpling. I would recommend an in person consultation to determine your candidacy. Best wishes.  

Kathleen Morno, MD
Highland Park Physician
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Cellfina/Cellulite Treatment/Ultherapy/Thermi RF/Body Contouring/ Hi Definition Procedures

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

Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute

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