All About Cellfina: The Cellulite Smoother

Nothing kills summer confidence more than those pesky little dimples: shorts, swimsuits, everything becomes a challenge. Cellfina promises to change that. By breaking down the fibrous bands at the heart of the problem, as opposed to just melting the nearby fat, results will still be apparent even two years later. We asked the friendly experts at Russak Dermatology—Dr. Julie Russak, Dr. Amanda Doyle, and esthetician Christina Biscardi—how it works, if it hurts, and how much it costs.

Who is the best candidate for Cellfina?

The perfect candidate is someone who has obvious dimpling on the butt or backs of the thighs.

What are the best things about Cellfina? ie. Why would a doctor recommend it over Cellulaze, Smart Lipo or another treatment? What are the drawbacks?

Cellfina is the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive procedure clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least two years- the longest FDA-cleared duration for a cellulite treatment. Liposuction & other modalities improve the appearance of the fat around the dimpling, but doesn’t correct the actual cause of cellulite, which are the fibrous bands.

How long does it take to see results?

A patient’s results can be seen in as little as a few days, which continues to improve over a period of 3 months to a year. Cellfina patients have experienced inspiring, lasting results. In a clinical study, 100% of patients still showed improvement two years post treatment.

How many treatments do you need?

One treatment is necessary to break the fibrous bands which causes the cellulite to appear, a second treatment may be necessary if a patient forms new cellulite dimpling.

What is the approximate cost per treatment?

Pricing starts around $3,000 and increases depending on how many cellulite sites (dimples) the patient has.

Does it hurt?

Dr. Russak performs the treatment in office, there is mild discomfort during the initial injection of anesthesia. Soreness is expected & normal post treatment as the area is healing but overall there is little to no downtime associated with the procedure.

How is getting Cellfina different than getting Thermage or Ulthera on the same area?

Cellfina targets the cause of cellulite dimpling (fibrous bands), whereas Ulthera & Thermage helps build collagen to smooth out the skin’s texture. Ulthera & Thermage require maintenance treatments every few years.

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