Cellulite - what is the best solution?

what is the best solution for cellulite ? Is there any other way rather than surgery ?

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Cellfina/Cellulite Treatment/Ultherapy/Thermi RF/Body Contouring/ Hi Definition Procedures

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Thank your 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 #RealSelf100Surgeon #RealSelfCORESurgeon

Best Solution for Cellulite? Cellfina Is FDA-Approved and Effective for Cellulite

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Cellfina is the best solution I have found for resolving cellulite. It is an FDA-approved procedure with results that have been proven to last at least three years. As experience with Cellfina grows, we expect that we will see results that are much longer lasting than that; the benefits may even be permanent.


Cellulite is caused by fibrous bands called septi that pull the skin toward the fat layer, creating a dimpled effect. This seems to be nature's way of helping us conserve fat during gestation and nursing. Unfortunately, we find the dimpled look aesthetically displeasing.


Cellfina works by cutting the septi with a needle-like blade, which releases the skin and removes the cellulite dimple. It takes about an hour to treat 25 to 30 dimples. To make your skin look even smoother, I sometimes also inject the area with a dilution of Sculptra. However, this is an advanced technique that could result in lumps if not handled by someone who possesses great skill and experience. In expert hands, the combination of Cellfina and Sculptra can create a beautiful, bikini-ready body. Please find a board-certified dermatologist who has expertise in resolving cellulite with Cellfina to help you.

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 20 reviews


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Thank you for your question. Cellfina is a minimally invasive cellulite treatment. The results are long lasting. You will have some swelling and sensitivity for about a week. You may also consider Profound. This procedure is a little less invasive. The results may not be as extreme as Cellfina, and they may not last as long, however it may help more with the type of Cellulite that Cellfina can't treat. It is best to have a full consultation with a local physician so that you can determine the best treatments for your situation. Good luck!

Janet Allenby, DO
Delray Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Cellfina for Treatment of Cellulite

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Cellfina offers the newest technology in reducing the appearance of cellulite. It is a minimally invasive procedure that targets the structural cause of cellulite, which allows for long-lasting results. It is performed under local anesthesia in an office setting, and patients can eliminate their cellulite in just one appointment. For this procedure, an anesthetic solution is delivered first to numb the treatment areas. Then, a needle-sized device is inserted to release the connective bands underneath the skin that cause dimpling. The number of treatment areas varies between patients as each person is different. Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon for an examination to see if Cellfina can help you to smooth away your cellulite. Good luck!

Tom S. Liu, MD, MBA
Los Gatos Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Cellulite - what is the best solution?

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Thanks for your query. Cellulite can be prevented by avoiding rapid weight gain or weight loss. Other treatments which may be helpful are radio frequency, ultrasound therapy, pneumatic massage, massage that stimulates lymphatic drainage. Hope it helps.

All The Best

Ajaya Kashyap, MD
India Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 217 reviews

Best choices to treat Cellulite

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There are a variety of treatments for cellulite including  surgical and non surgical.  Cellfina Platinum, thermismooth, velashape 3 , fat grafting , lipo filling and redistribution and liposuctions can all help. CellfinaThermi RF/Body Contouring/ Hi Definition Procedures are all of benefit.Choosing your doctor is always important. Always pick a Board Certified plastic surgeon  who has experience.  The  Cellfina method itself is fairly simple but experience in surgical and non surgical treatments is helpful.. We prefer Cellfina Platinum that combines other non surgical treatments to get the best result

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Cellulite – Hi Def Lipo, Cellfina, Exilis Ultra/Cellutone, Venus Legacy/Zimmer Z Wave, Vanquish, Sculptra

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is the latest nonsurgical treatment for cellulite on the back of
thighs, but cellulite usually takes combination treatment. Hi def
lipo combined with VANQUISH and exilis or venus legacy can help. Please see an expert in body shaping to determine what you are a candidate for.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews

Cellfina for Cellulite Reduction

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Thank you for your question. Cellfina is a minimally invasive procedure that treats the structural cause of cellulite, the connective bands woven throughout the fat. It can offer 2 years of cellulite reduction, the longest FDA cleared duration. Cellfina also has a high patient satisfaction rate.  The only way to determine candidacy is an in person consultation. Best wishes.

Kathleen Morno, MD
Highland Park Physician
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Best solution for cellulite

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The most effective treatment for cellulite today is Cellfina. This minimally invasive procedure releases the fibrous bands causing cellulite using a special needle under local anesthesia. Patient satisfaction rates two years after surgery exceed 90%.

Cellulite Dimples Respond Well To Subcision & Volumizing Filler; Cellulite Waviness To Body Vectoring

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Cellulite, which is seen in between 80%-90% of women, results from the unique structure of female skin in the thigh and buttocks regions. In these regions, vertically oriented thickened fibers of collagen act as downwardly pulling tethers between fat lobules, forcing the latter to herniate and protrude above the skin surface. The result: dimples and depression and areas of wavy, bumpy skin. Topical creams and massage techniques, etc. have proven pretty useless over the years. In the past decade, I have found that subcision, a simple and inexpensive technique in which a needle-like device is inserted under the skin through a locally anesthetized entry point, works well for elevating and smoothing deeper and larger cellulite dimples and depressions. It works by breaking up the tethering, downwardly pulling bands, so that the skin above can be freed up to "float" to the surface; it also promotes new, native collagen and elastic fiber synthesis (neocollagenesis and neoelastogenesis) to replace the abnormal tethering bands. The concomitant injection (during the same treatment session) of a volumizing filler, such as Radiesse or Voluma XC, provides additional immediate support and further promotes, via biostimulation, neocollagenesis and neoelastogenesis. Although a new device, Cellfina, has recently come to market and is purported to provide enhanced subcision, I have not seen any real advantage of this approach over the traditional technque described above to justify its use and increased expense. Ultherapy, which uses ultrasound, is painful and its results tend to be variable, subtle and inconsistent. For the wavy skin and the more subtle cottage cheese or orange peel appearing form of cellulite, I have found the use of "body vectoring" (i.e. the use of volumizing fillers placed in a fern-tree like pattern under the skin) to be quite helpful. This may also be supplemented by the use of the "skin booster" technique applied even more superficially to provide additional surface skin smoothing. For more on any of the above, check out the archives of RealSelf.com, and be sure to consult with a board certified aesthetic physician with experience and expertise in the treatment of cellulite. Best of luck.

Nelson Lee Novick, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

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