Cellfina® is an FDA-approved cosmetic surgery cellulite treatment to reduce the appearance of cellulite with results lasting up to three years.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

2 weeks




Minor Surgical Procedure




$3500 - $6500


Before & After Images by Provider

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The Specifics

What is Cellfina®?

Cellfina® is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce the appearance of cellulite of the hips, buttocks, and thighs. For cellulite that is refractory to exercise and diet, a Cellfina® procedure can be used to precisely cut and release the fibrous bands and connective tissue in subcutaneous fat that pull on the skin leading to the bulging appearance of cellulite.

The Anatomy of Cellulite

Cellulite Anatomy Illustration

By releasing the downward forces, skin is smoothed and areas of fat become significantly less pronounced. Cellfina® treatments last up to three years in contrast to Cellulaze procedures which are less long lasting.

What cosmetic concerns does Cellfina® treat?

  1. Cellulite: Cellfina® uses a small blade to cut and release fibrous bands beneath the skin that contribute to the appearance of dimpling and cellulite from excess fat cells.

Who is the ideal candidate for Cellfina®?

The ideal candidate for a Cellfina® procedure is in generally good health and would like to reduce cellulite in the buttocks and backs of the thighs. Cellfina® is not recommended for those who are at an unstable weight, those who would medically benefit from weight loss, or those seeking to address loose skin concerns.

What is the average recovery associated with a Cellfina® treatment?

Most patients experience minimal downtime following a Cellfina® procedure. Work and exercise may be resumed within one to two days as tolerated. A compression garment is advised for the first two to four weeks. Bruising and swelling may last up to two weeks.

What are the potential side effects of Cellfina®?

Possible side effects following a Cellfina® procedure include pain, soreness, bruising, infection, and tenderness.

What can someone expect from the results of Cellfina®?

The results of a Cellfina® procedure are visible within as little as three days of the treatment, however, it can take up to three months for the final results to become visible. The results of Cellfina® may last up to three years.

What is the average cost of a Cellfina® procedure?

Cellfina® can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $6,500. The actual cost of Cellfina® is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.


  • Long Lasting
  • Minimally Invasive
  • Fast Healing


  • Small Areas
  • Doesn't Treat Loose Skin

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

Cellfina reduces the dimpling caused by cellulite by using a tiny blade to cut and release fibrous bands that pull down the skin. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after Cellfina treatment.

The Takeaway

Cellfina® is an FDA-approved, minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of cellulite that releases fat cells from connective tissue for cellulite reduction and body contouring.

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  1. GB Forbes Body Fat Content Influences the Body Composition Response to Nutrition and Exercise PubMed.gov; 2000-05-01


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