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The term “cottage cheese thighs” is indicative of how embarrassing and unattractive cellulite is considered to be. It’s a common enough aggravation to spawn an entire industry dedicated to its removal, yet truly effective methods have remained elusive for years. For some people, their cellulite is enough to cause them to avoid certain outfits for fear of exposure.

The Cellfina® system aims to change this by offering patients a powerful way to reduce the appearance of cellulite within days. As the only FDA-cleared cellulite treatment, Cellfina® has been proven to treat the cause of cellulite from within, improving skin for years to come.


Cellfina® is a minimally invasive procedure specifically designed for cellulite treatment. It is effective at removing cellulite along the thighs, buttocks, and lower body. Cellfina® works by targeting the connective tissues underneath the surface of the skin to reduce the appearance of cellulite, typically from the very first treatment.

The system uses a tiny needle-like device inserted right below the skin to target the connective bands of tissue right underneath the skin. These fibrous bands pull down on skin tissue from below to cause that familiar puckered and dimpled appearance.

Cellfina® uses a handheld device containing a microblade to gently release the hold of those fibrous bands, causing tissues to “snap back” into place and removing dimples and puckers.

The whole process can generally be completed within one 45-minute treatment. A numbing solution may be used beforehand, but Cellfina® does not typically cause side effects any more severe than minor pain or swelling.


Anyone who struggles with the appearance of cellulite can benefit from Cellfina® treatments. The procedure is particularly effective for cellulite in the thighs and buttocks.

Good candidates for Cellfina® include patients who:

  • Are close to or at their ideal weight
  • Do not have sagging or loose skin
  • Have realistic expectations of what treatment can achieve

Consult with your surgeon to see what areas Cellfina® treatments are appropriate for and what you can expect before and after the procedure.


There is very little downtime associated with Cellfina®. Patients may experience some soreness or tenderness in the areas treated, but any discomfort tends to quickly dissipate. Some patients may want to take a day off work and avoid strenuous activity in the 24 hours immediately following treatment. Patients may also need to wear compression garments to keep the treated areas firm. Within days, any signs of discomfort should vanish.


The effects of Cellfina® treatments are apparent from the very beginning. Most patients see their cellulite start to improve about three days after treatment. Improvement only continues with time: after three months, cellulite has been drastically reduced, and after a year, over 90 percent of patients report feeling extremely satisfied with their Cellfina® treatments. These results can last up to three years, with patients reporting nearly the same level of satisfaction as the first few months. Cellfina® treatments can also be combined with non-invasive cosmetic procedures, such as laser skin rejuvenation and ThermiSmooth® Body, for optimal results.