Cellulite is the uneven, dimply flesh commonly found on the thighs, hips, butt, and stomach. It’s sometimes said to look like cottage cheese or an orange peel. There isn’t a lot of information about what causes cellulite, though it generally involves fibrous connective cords that join the skin to the muscle underneath, with the fat lying between. As fat cells collect, they push up against the skin, while the long, fibrous bands pull down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling. At SF Bay Cosmetic Surgery Medical Group, we offer a treatment called "Cellfina®."


  • Improves the appearance of cellulite
  • One-time 45-minute procedure
  • Result last 3+ years
  • Minimally invasive
  • Minimal downtime
  • FDA-cleared

Areas of Concern:

How soon will I see improvements?

Results can be seen in as little as three days. In the pivotal study, patient satisfaction was 85 percent at three months, 94 percent at one year, 96 percent at two years and 93 percent at 3 years, surpassing the patient satisfaction rates of other leading cellulite treatments.*

*Satisfaction rates were evaluated separately and are not based on direct comparisons among treatments.

How long does the procedure take?

In just one 45-minute treatment, Cellfina® significantly improves the appearance of cellulite on the buttocks and thighs.

How long do results last?

Patients in the pivotal study showed significant improvement shortly after the treatment, with results lasting at least three years—the longest FDA clearance for a cellulite treatment.

Will I need to take time off?

There is limited downtime associated with Cellfina. Some patients experience initial soreness and tenderness, but these side effects resolve quickly with time.

Are there any side effects?

No serious adverse events were associated with Cellfina® in the pivotal study. The most common side effects reported by patients in the FDA cleared pivotal study were soreness, tenderness, and bruising. Just three days after treatment, patients rated their pain as minimal (2.7 on a scale of 0 to 10; 0=no pain, 10=extreme pain) and most (82 percent) felt pain only with touch or pressure to the area treated. This minimal pain improved quickly with time. More than 90 percent of patients had no bruising at four weeks.

How Cellfina® Works?

The treatment combines a proven approach with innovative, proprietary technology to treat the primary structural cause of cellulite— the connective bands woven throughout fat in the thighs and buttocks. This treatment is designed to get rid of cellulite dimples by cutting the bands. It sucks the fat into a chamber and the device cuts the band within the fat. The doctor places the device over each dimple and provides a local numbing agent, which is followed by the treatment itself.

Give SF Bay Cosmetic Surgery Medical Group in San Ramon a call to schedule a consultation today!