Cellfina vs Cellulaze: A Side by Side Comparison

Have you heard about Cellfina, the newest cellulite removal procedure. It is only the second procedure that works under the skin to destroy cellulite’s structure at its core. But what is Cellfina? And how does it compare to Cellulaze which has been out on the market since 2012. Here, we’ll compare Cellfina with Cellulaze and you can decide which of these cellulite procedures might be right for you.

What is Cellfina?

The Cellfina System from Ulthera is an FDA-cleared, minimally invasive procedure designed to improve the appearance of cellulite. The one-time procedure lasts at least two years. It works by treating the connective bands called septae throughout fat in the thighs and the buttocks, where cellulite tends to appear. These fibers pull the skin downward, creating a puckering effect.

Once released from tension, the skin releases and appears smooth. Cellfina is a small handheld device that applies suction, grabbing the skin and then small blade is inserted. Moving the blade from side to side it cuts the septae bands. Cellfina is an in-office procedure using local anesthesia. The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes. There is minimal downtime with this procedure, but you should anticipate swelling, tenderness and bruising. No compression garment is required post procedure.

What is Cellulaze?

Cellulaze from Cynosure was approved by the FDA back in 2012. Similar to Cellfina, Cellulaze is a minimally invasive procedure to reduce and eliminate the appearance of cellulite. It does so by leveling cellulite’s structure. Under local anesthesia a thin canula with a SideLaze laser fiber threaded through it is inserted under the skin. The laser energy melts the bulging pockets of fat that are creating the lumps in the cellulite and then the laser cuts the connective bands or septae to release skin that was being pulled downward creating the dimples.

The skin tissue also absorbs the heat from the laser which stimulates collagen and elastin production, to thicken and tighten the skin. This procedure is done in-house using local anesthesia and takes approximately 1 hour per area (bi-lateral). Recovery is minimal; you should anticipate swelling, tenderness and bruising. Most physicians require that a compression garment be worn for 2 weeks post treatment. Results are long lasting; there is not enough clinical data to call this procedure permanent.

What’s The Difference?

Cellfina, a newer procedure, arrived on the market back in 2015. Cellulaze has been eliminating cellulite since 2012. Cellulaze and Cellfina work similarly in that they treat cellulite under the skin rather than topically like most cellulite therapies. Both are considered to be quite effective, offering good results for patients, but Cellfina is a newer technology with fewer real-world results available.

Cellulaze offers several other benefits that Cellfina can’t match. For example, because Cellulaze uses thermal (heat) energy rather than just mechanical interruption to cut the septae, it stimulates collagen production to thicken the dermis and improve elasticity. It makes sense that you need to remodel the skin after releasing the septae bands.

Over time, cellulite thins the skin from being stretched over the bulges of fat and pulled down by the septae bands, so the laser used with Cellulaze initiates the process to begin skin formation and repair. It also melts fat so that it can be pressed out easily and gently. This reduces the appearance of dimples. Cellulaze has consistently received high satisfaction rates from patients’ years after having their procedure. Which cellulite treatment is right for you?

If you still have questions about either of these procedures, let us know, we’d love to help you. A consultation at WIFH is the best way to help you decide the best way to get rid of that cellulite.



Is it true that cellulaze does not work on the front of the thighs because the skin is a different texture?

Lindsay Spires

Hi Kim, That has not been our experience. The results that we have seen on the front of the thigh have been amazing and very predictable. The only area that can be a bit of a variable is the buttock area, but even that area sees nice improvement with Cellulaze. We are happy to see you for a consultation to assess your cellulite and give you a realistic idea of the results you would see with this procedure. Please let me know if you have additional questions. We look forward to taking care of you. Thanks, Lindsay


Had celfina done two days ago I had 3 dimples on each side of my tush and I have zero bruising I feel pain but I see no difference yet ?


I have a couple dimples on the back of my thighs and on my butt. The majority of the back of my thighs looks like wrinkled skin. Would celfina or cellulaze be better for me?

Mahtab Aram

Hi, I want to remove cellulite from my inner thighs and buttocks, but I don’t like to have size reduction in these areas.
Is it possible?
Which method better suits my expectations ? Cellfina or Crllulaze?

Lindsay Spires

Neither Cellulaze or Celfina will reduce the circumference of your thigh and/or buttock area. They are not like a liposuction procedure, rather they address only the Cellulite making the area smooth. I believe Cellulaze has the advantage simply because it also provides skin tightening and collagen production in the area which helps to smooth the area.


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